They lived poorly until he got the lead role in the sci-fi series "Man From Atlantis." A week after that series was cancelled, he got the role of Bobby Ewing on "Dallas." He was noted on the set for his practical jokes.
Duffy was the second child born to parents who had a small tavern.
For those less enamored, you know him as an accomplished actor who became a household name back in 1978 when he originated the role of Bobby Ewing on the CBS primetime soap opera "Dallas." He was also Frank Lambert on the ABC sitcom "Step by Step (1991-1998); Stephen Logan on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" (2006-2011) and currently enjoys his role on the sitcom "Welcome to Sweden." Duffy, 65, reprised his role of Bobby Ewing on the new version of "Dallas" in 2012.
One is, how easy or how hard was it for you to get the role of Bobby Ewing?
When he left that show he was on and did the pre-production for "Dallas," as soon as my show was canceled, the offer came in for me to play the part. Did you feel like you had died and gone to heaven when you got that role? I guess it was a job and I thought maybe I'd never work again after Atlantis was canceled.
We did five episodes of "Dallas" and the five episodes were a gift from heaven, but certainly once they were done, we didn't know if it was going to go to series or not and we were all out looking for work again. " He turned out great, but you don't know that in the beginning.
It was the first time I'd ever been outright offered a role without auditioning, reading or anything.
It was basically handed to me by Leonard Katzman, the executive producer of "Dallas," who had known me by virtue of producing a television show in the next sound stage to mine on "Man From Atlantis" at MGM.
His parents were shot to death in their Montana bar in November 1986.
Say it one more time: Mr Patrick Duffy has entered the building. For 11 glorious years, Duffy's Bobby mooched around Southfork Ranch with a pained expression, his fussy blow-dry rock solid in the Texan winds.
Actors are always thrown in the mix with other actors in the beginning of any series so when they cast Larry Hagman -- who played the quirky astronaut Captain Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie" -- in the role of the bad-ass J. Yeah, you don't know that and I really wasn't a learned historian of television at that time.