Ken Kercheval

Actor
With his slightly wavy, salt-and-pepper brown hair, his medium height and his ordinary-guy brand of handsomeness, Kercheval carved a solid niche for himself on US TV as various professional types, sometimes sympathetic ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1935 in Wolcottville, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Dallas 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2002, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving in L.A. 2004 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

TV Road Trip 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rusty: The Great Rescue 1997 (Movie)

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Lovejoy: The Lost Colony 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Beretta's Island 1994 (Movie)

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Burke's Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

California Casanova 1991 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Corporate Affairs 1990 (Movie)

Arthur Strickland (Actor)

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual CBS Easter Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual CBS Easter Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Calamity Jane 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Bernie Marr (Actor)

Network 1976 (Movie)

Merrill Grant (Actor)

The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Survive a Marriage 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seven Ups 1972 (Movie)

Ansel (Actor)

Cover Me Babe 1970 (Movie)

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Rabbit, Run 1970 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Pretty Poison 1968 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Blind Obsession (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

I Still Dream of Jeannie (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

The Demon Murder Case (TV Show)

Actor

Too Far to Go (TV Show)

Actor

Walking Through the Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Woman on the Ledge (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With his slightly wavy, salt-and-pepper brown hair, his medium height and his ordinary-guy brand of handsomeness, Kercheval carved a solid niche for himself on US TV as various professional types, sometimes sympathetic, sometimes devious, usually ambitious. An incisive player, Kercheval has typically played his roles with an intriguing combination of smooth dispatch and flamboyant bravado; the demands of the small screen taught him the former, while his background in stage musical comedy helped him hone the latter. He is most widely known for his fine work as Cliff Barnes, the aspiring rival to J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and the scheming, perennial loser brother of virtuous Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal) on the hit primetime soap, "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-91). Along with Hagman the only principal to stay with the series for its entire run, Kercheval artfully proved that, in the materialist 1980s, an underdog like Cliff, though somehow rather funny and often sympathetic, could be just as sleazy as the top dog.

Relationships

Liza Kercheval

Daughter

Aaron Kercheval

Son

Caleb Kercheval

Son

Ava Fox

Wife

John Kercheval

Father

Christine Kercheval

Mother

Cheryl Paris Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

University of the Pacific

Stockton , California 1956

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana 1953 - 1955

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1956 - 1958

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana 1953 - 1955

Milestones

1996

Reprised the role of Cliff Barnes for the TV-movie "reunion", "Dallas: J.R. Returns"

1994

Underwent surgery to remove half of his left lung, which was infected with cancer

1985

Starred in a Hollywood stage revival of the play, "Twelve Angry Men", the first production stage at the then-new Henry Fonda Theater

1976

Earliest TV-movies included "Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys"; also acted on first miniseres, "The Adams Chronicles"

1968

Made feature debut in a supporting role in the film, "Pretty Poison"

1962

Played Nick in the acclaimed Broadway production of Edward Albee's drama, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1961

Made television debut on an episode of the drama series, "The Defenders" (date approximate)

1959

Made first major stage appearance in a revival of the drama, "Dead End" at New York's 41st Street Theatre

Grew up in Clinton, Indiana

Played Cliff Barnes on the long-running CBS primetime soap opera, "Dallas"

Regularly acted as one of the co-hosts for a series of parades televised by CBS, included Cotton Bowl, Tournament of Roses and Easter parades

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