Ted Shackelford started acting in soap operas in 1975 as Raymond Gordon on "Another World", a role he would play until 1977. Following this part, Shackelford continued to act on television, in shows such as "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and "The Rockford Files" before switching to soap operas of the primetime variety. As Gary Ewing, the black sheep of a powerful oil family, Shackelford appeared in nine episodes of the popular show "Dallas". More notably, however, he reprised the role in the primetime soap opera's spin-off, "Knots Landing", starring in over 300 episodes of the well-received show, from its premiere in 1979 to the final episode in 1993. Following "Knots Landing", Shackelford spent the remainder of the 1990s making guest appearances on a variety of television series, including "The Commish" and "Touched by an Angel". In addition to these small roles, Shackelford also appeared as the lead in the television series "Space Precinct". After many small television roles, he made a return to soap operas in 2006 as Jeffrey Bardwell on "The Young and the Restless".