List of Dallas characters

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This article is about the characters of the TV series that started in 1978. For the characters of the 2012 TV series, see List of Dallas (2012 TV series) characters.

This is a list of characters appearing on the 1978–1991 US television series Dallas. During its 14 seasons on air, the show featured 21 regular cast members, portraying twenty characters (as the character of Miss Ellie was recast for season eight). Additionally, hundreds of guest actors portrayed supporting characters, this list includes the most noteworthy among them.

Main characters[edit]

Name Portrayed by First
episode
Episode
count
Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow Barbara Bel Geddes 1x01 304
Donna Reed 8x07 24
Jock Ewing Jim Davis 1x01 78
Bobby Ewing Patrick Duffy 1x01 327
J.R. Ewing Larry Hagman 1x01 357
Pamela Barnes Ewing Victoria Principal 1x01 252 [1]
Lucy Ewing Charlene Tilton 1x01 246
Sue Ellen Ewing Linda Gray 1x01 308
Ray Krebbs Steve Kanaly 1x01 286
Cliff Barnes Ken Kercheval 1x01 344
Jenna Wade Krebbs Priscilla Beaulieu Presley 2x03 147 [2]
Donna Culver Krebbs Susan Howard 2x22 198
Clayton Farlow Howard Keel 4x16 266
Jack Ewing Dack Rambo 8x26 51
April Stevens Ewing Sheree J. Wilson 10x06 128
Carter McKay George Kennedy 12x01 76
Cally Harper Ewing Cathy Podewell 12x03 71
Michelle Stevens Kimberly Foster[3] 13x01 50
James Beaumont Sasha Mitchell 13x05 46
Stephanie Rogers Lesley-Anne Down 13x15 13
Liz Adams Barbara Stock[4] 13x25 26
Notes
  1. ^ For her one guest appearance in season 12, Pamela was portrayed by Margaret Michaels.
  2. ^ For her one guest appearance in season 2, Jenna was portrayed by Morgan Fairchild, and for her two season 3 appearances she was portrayed by Francine Tacker.
  3. ^ Kimberly Foster also played an unnamed character in one season eleven episode.
  4. ^ Barbara Stock also played the character Heather Wilson in two season five episodes.

Supporting characters[edit]

Ewing relatives[edit]

Name Portrayed by 1st episode Season(s) Episode count
Willard "Digger" Barnes David Wayne and Keenan Wynn 1x01 1–2 and 3 14 (4 and 10)
Pam's and Cliff's father (although Pam eventually was proven not to be his biological daughter). Former oil wildcatter with a nose for drilling, longtime alcoholic and self-proclaimed arch-enemy of Jock.
Jimmy Monahan James Canning and Philip Levien 1x05 1 and 2 2 (1 and 1)
Cliff and Pam's younger cousin, briefly dating Lucy.
Garrison "Gary" Ewing David Ackroyd and Ted Shackelford 2x01 2 and 3–6, 9, 14 11 (2 and 9)
Alcoholic black sheep of the Ewing family and Lucy's estranged father. Moves away to California, where his life forms the basis for spinoff series Knots Landing.
Valene "Val" Clements Ewing Joan Van Ark 2x01 2–5, 14 8
Gary's wife and Lucy's mother, a central character on Knots Landing.
Maggie Monahan Sarah Cunningham 2x02 2–3, 8 5
Pam and Cliff's aunt, and mother-figure while growing up. Sister of Digger, and mother of cousin Jimmy.
Charlotte "Charlie" Wade Laurie Lynn Myers and Shalane McCall 2x03 2 and 7–11 103 (1 and 102)
Jenna's daughter.
Eddison "Ed" Haynes Robin Clarke 2x06 2 1
Pam's first husband, married while she was still underaged. The marriage was annulled shortly afterwards, although Ed returned after Pam's wedding to Bobby, claiming to still be married to her.
Garrison Southworth Gene Evans 2x14 2 1
Ellie's long lost brother who is afflicted with a terminal illness and returns to Southfork to live out the rest of his life. Gary Ewing is named after him.
Kristin Shepard Colleen Camp and Mary Crosby 2x15 2 and 3–4, 14 30 (2 and 28)
Sue Ellen's scheming sister, who has an affair with J.R.. She was later revealed to have shot J.R. in the "Who shot J.R.?" storyline.
Patricia Shepard Martha Scott 2x15 2–3, 9 10
Sue Ellen and Kristin's money hungry mother.
Governor Sam Culver John McIntire 2x22 2 1
Donna's first husband, and an old friend of Jock.
Steven "Dusty" Farlow Jared Martin 3x08 3–6, 8–9, 14 34
Clayton's adopted son and Sue Ellen's sometimes lover. Biological son of Clayton's sister Jessica.
Senator Dave Culver Tom Fuccello 3x15 3–6, 8, 10–11, 13–14 35
Donna's stepson, the son of Sam Culver.
Luanne Culver Alba Francesca 3x18 3 1
Dave's wife.
Hutchinson "Hutch" McKinney William Watson 3x23 3 1
Biological father of Pam. Killed by Digger, as seen in flashbacks.
Amanda Lewis Ewing Lesley Woods and Susan French 3x24 3 and 8 2 (1 and 1)
Jock's mentally ill first wife.
John Ross Ewing III Tyler Banks and Omri Katz 4x01 4–6 & 7–14 190 (38 and 152)
J.R. and Sue Ellen's son. Originally played by uncredited babies during seasons 2 and 3.
Mitchell "Mitch" Cooper Leigh McCloskey 4x02 4–5, 8, 12 46
Lucy's doctor husband and Afton's brother.
Amos Krebbs William Windom 4x06 4 2
Ray's estranged alcoholic stepfather.
Rebecca Barnes Wentworth Priscilla Pointer 4x09 4–6 44
Mother of Pam, Cliff, and Katherine.
Herbert Wentworth John Martin 4x09 4 1
Rebecca's wealthy second husband, father of Katherine.
Afton Cooper Van Buren Audrey Landers 4x11 4–8, 12–13 84
Mitch's sister. An aspiring singer who becomes Cliff's longtime girlfriend, after a brief affair with J.R., and later mother of Cliff's daughter Pamela Rebecca Cooper.
Arliss Cooper Anne Francis 4x11 4 4
Mother of Mitch and Afton, Lucy's mother-in-law.
Katherine Wentworth Morgan Brittany 5x04 5–8, 11 56
Wicked half-sister of Pam and Cliff, who falls in love with Bobby, then tries to kill him before jumping bail and living in exile.
Jeff Farraday Art Hindle 5x05 5 11
Drug-dealing biological father of Christopher, who sold his son to Bobby.
Lillian "Lil" Trotter Kate Reid 6x03 6–7, 9 17
Ray's aunt and mother figure.
Michael "Mickey" Trotter Timothy Patrick Murphy 6x04 6–7 26
Ray's rebellious younger cousin who becomes romantically involved with Lucy. Son of Aunt Lil.
Linda Farlow Melody Anderson 6x04 6 1
Dusty's wife.
Christopher Ewing Eric Farlow and Joshua Harris 6x27 6–8 and 9–14 156 (44 and 112)
Bobby and Pam's adopted son, biological son of Kristin Shepard and Jeff Farraday. Originally played by uncredited babies, beginning season 5.
Renaldo Marchetta Daniel Pilon 7x20 7–8 9
Jenna's abusive ex-husband and Charlie's father.
Lady Jessica Montford Alexis Smith 7x24 7, 13 11
Clayton's criminally insane sister and biological mother of Dusty Farlow.
Jamie Ewing Barnes Jenilee Harrison 8x04 8–10 70
Ewing Cousin, daughter of Jason Ewing and sister of Jack Ewing, whom Cliff marries to gain control of her share of Ewing Oil. She later divorces Cliff, moves to California and dies in a rock-climbing accident.
Senator Andrew Dowling Jim McMullan 10x13 10 14
Donna's third husband, with whom she raised Ray's daughter Margaret.
Lisa Alden Amy Stock 11x06 11 16
Sister of Jeff Farraday, and Christopher's biological aunt. Tried to gain custody of him after Pam's disappearance.
Japhet Harper Sherman Howard 12x03 12 5
The eldest of Cally's redneck brothers, who forced J.R. to marry her after sleeping with her.
Boaz Harper Cliff Potts 12x03 12 4
Cally's younger brother.
Don Lockwood Ian McShane 12x14 12 13
English film director who directs Sue Ellen's script for an unflattering film about J.R. Eventually, Sue Ellen moves to London and marries him.
Pamela Rebecca Cooper Jenna Pangburn 12x22 12 2
Daughter of Afton and Cliff - raised by Afton alone.
Vanessa Beaumont Gayle Hunnicutt 12x23 12–14 13
Mother of J.R.'s eldest son James, an old flame of J.R., briefly attempts to rekindle their romance after J.R. divorces Cally.
Harrison Van Buren III Andrew Prine 12x26 12–13 2
Afton's wealthy husband.
Arlen and Atticus Ward John Larch 13x18 13 5
Millionaire twins, and old acquaintances of Clayton - Atticus turns out to be Dusty's biological father.
Amy Stevens K Callan 13x19 13 4
The mother of April and Michelle.
Debra Lynn Beaumont Deborah Tucker 14x16 14 5
James' old flame and estranged wife, who turns up at Southfork with his young son.
James "Jimmy" Beaumont Jr. Chuckie and Kenny Gravino 14x18 14 3
Toddler son of James and Debra Lynn.

Other[edit]

Name Portrayed by 1st episode Season(s) Episode count
Julie Grey Tina Louise 1x01 1–2 5
J.R.'s first secretary, with whom he is personally involved. Left Ewing Oil after betraying J.R. to Cliff Barnes.She died by a roof jump.
Connie Brasher Donna Bullock & Ann Ford & Nancy Bleier & Jeanna Michaels 1x01 1 & 2 & 2 and 2–4 42 (3 & 2 & 5 & 32)
Bobby's first secretary.
Susan Lisa LeMole 1x05 1–2 4
J.R.'s second secretary.
Liz Craig Barbara Babcock 2x04 2–5 16
Pam's boss at The Store.
Dr. Harlen Danvers Dan Ammerman and John Zaremba 2x04 2 & 2–3, 5–10 14 (1 & 13)
The Ewing family physician.
Louella Caraway Lee Meg Gallagher 2x08 2–4 37
J.R.'s third secretary.
Jordan Lee Don Starr 2x08 2–14 89
Politician, and member of the cartel.He was assassinated
Wade Luce Robert Ackerman 2x08 2–6 13
A member of the cartel.
Marilee Stone Fern Fitzgerald 2x15 2–13 73
Promiscuous female member of the cartel, whose husband committed suicide after losing money in a deal with J.R.
Detective Harry McSween James Brown 2x17 2–12 41
Dallas police detective that frequently helps J.R. with legal matters.
Andy Bradley Paul Sorensen 2x20 2–10 33
A member of the cartel.
Jackie Dugan Sherill Lynn Rettino 2x23 2–5, 7–14 186
Pam's co-worker at The Store, later Cliff's secretary at Barnes–Wentworth Oil, eventually James' secretary at Ewing Oil.
Muriel Gillis Karlene Crockett 2x24 2–6 12
Lucy Ewing’s best friend.
Alan Beam Randolph Powell 3x01 3–4 18
Smooth-talking, ambitious lawyer who works for J.R. and was briefly engaged to Lucy.
Harv Smithfield George O. Petrie 3x01 3–14 54
The Ewing family's attorney.
Vaughn Leland Dennis Patrick 3x02 3, 5, 7–8 19
Cattleman's Bank executive.
Dr. Simon Ellby Jeff Cooper 3x07 3–4 19
Sue Ellen's psychiatrist.
Eugene Bullock E.J. André 3x14 3–4, 6 6
Elderly international shipping tycoon.
Sheriff Fenton Washburn Barry Corbin 3x15 3, 5–7 9
The Braddock county sheriff.
Serena Wald Stephanie Blackmore 3x16 3, 5–8, 11, 13 20
A prostitute frequently visited by J.R.
Scotty Demarest Stephen Elliott 3x23 3, 8, 10 14
The Ewing family's criminal attorney.
Franklin Horner Laurence Haddon 4x03 4–6, 9–10 17
Cattlemen's Bank executive.
Marvin "Punk" Anderson Morgan Woodward 4x06 4–11 55
Oil man and longtime friend to Jock and Miss Ellie.
Jeremy Wendell William Smithers 4x10 4–5, 8–12 50
Head of the powerful WestStar Oil and proverbial thorn in J.R.'s side.
Clint Ogden Monte Markham 4x12 4 9
Sue Ellen's first love.
Leslie Stewart Susan Flannery 4x13 4 11
Public relations agent, who worked with Ewing Oil, and secretly taped her conversations with J.R.; also had affairs with J.R. and his political rival.
Phyllis Wapner Deborah Tranelli 4x13 4–14 147
Bobby's second secretary.
Sylvia "Sly" Lovegren Deborah Rennard 5x02 5–14 188
J.R.'s fourth and most devoted secretary.
Roger Larson Dennis Redfield 5x12 5 12
A photographer that, after becoming infatuated with Lucy, kidnaps and rapes her.
Cassie Anne C. Lucas 5x12 5–10 53
Waitress at the Oil Baron's Club.
Holly Harwood Lois Chiles 6x01 6–7 25
Oil heiress who becomes involved in a complex scheme with J.R. and causes Sue Ellen to drink again. Pursued Bobby and had an affair with J.R.
Kendall Chapman Danone Simpson 6x01 6–14 103
Ewing Oil receptionist.
Teresa Roseanna Christiansen 6x01 6–14 119
Southfork maid. Played by uncredited extras during season 2–5.
Raoul Charles Escamilla & Tony Garcia & William Marquez 6x01 6 & 7–12 & 14 28 (3 & 22 & 3)
Southfork servant. Played by uncredited extras during season 1–5.
Mavis Anderson Alice Hirson 6x02 6–7, 10–11 26
Punk's wife and Miss Ellie's best friend.
Frank Crutcher Dale Robertson 6x04 6 5
A man Ellie befriended after Jock's death.
Thornton McLeish Kenneth Kimmins 6x05 6–7 11
A Canadian business partner of Bobby.
Walt Discoll Ben Piazza 6x06 6 11
A shipping tycoon in illegal business with J.R.He commits suicide.
Mark Graison John Beck 6x14 6–7, 9 67
Pamela's beau after her first divorce from Bobby whom Pam vows to marry due to his contraction of a fatal disease. He killed himself in his plane
Louise Mary Armstrong 6x19 6–8 17
Pamela's nanny for Christopher while separated from Bobby.
Peter Richards Christopher Atkins 7x03 7 27
Twenty-year old lover of Sue Ellen and mentor to little John Ross. He was forced to move to New York by JR Ewing
Paul Morgan Glenn Corbett 7x04 7, 9–11 18
A hot shot attorney, representing the Ewings in some of their most difficult legal cases.
Edgar Randolph Martin E. Brooks 7x12 7–8 10
Government official blackmailed by J.R. until he suffers a mental breakdown.
Dora Mae Pat Colbert 7x12 7–14 70
Hostess at the Oil Baron's Club.
Angela Marina Rice 7x12 7–8, 10 12
Pam’s maid while separated from Bobby.
Dr. Jerry Kenderson Barry Jenner 7x17 7–9 25
College friend of Mark Graison and the doctor that treats him for his blood condition.
Leo Wakefield Bill Morey 7x17 7–8, 11 11
An important stock controller of Barnes–Wentworth Oil
Mandy Winger Deborah Shelton 8x03 8–10 63
A model who becomes one of J.R.'s many mistresses. She was previously involved romantically with Cliff Barnes. She then became an actor in movies
Betty Kathleen York 8x04 8 10
Eddie Cronin’s girlfriend.
Eddie Cronin Fredric Lehne 8x05 8 19
Lucy's lover.
Angelica Nero Barbara Carrera 9x07 9 25
Beautiful, exotic business associate to J.R., trying to get him involved in a deal with Marinos Shipping she was incarcerated in prison. (dream season only)
Grace Van Owen Merete Van Kamp 9x08 9 17
Angelica Nero's right hand and was killed by Angelica. (dream season only)
Nicholas George Chakiris 9x11 9 11
Angelica Nero’s assistant who was killed by Angelica. (dream season only)
Matt Cantrell Marc Singer 9x15 9 12
Old friend of Bobby's, arriving in Dallas just to find out that Bobby is dead. (dream season only)
Alex Garrett William Prince 9x21 9 5
An old acquaintance of Angelica Nero. (dream season only)
Ben Stiver/Wes Parmalee Steve Forrest 9x29 9–10 15
Man who appeared on Southfork Ranch claiming to be Jock.
Oswald Valentine Derek McGrath 10x03 10–11 15
Rather accentric partner of Sue Ellen, in the lingerie business.
B.D. Calhoun Hunter von Leer 10x06 10 10
Crazed mercenary, hired by J.R. to blow up a Saudi oil field killed by ray and bobby with guns.
Bruce Harvey Jonathan Goldsmith 10x10 10, 12 16
A Hollywood producer, helping Sue Ellen and Don Lockwood to produce their movie about J.R.
Nicholas Pearce Jack Scalia 11x02 11, 14 29
Stockbroker who becomes infatuated with Sue Ellen he was thrown off a balcony by JR.
Harrison "Dandy" Dandridge Bert Remsen 11x02 11 10
Drunk befriended by Cliff.
Carswell "Casey" Denault, Jr. Andrew Stevens 11x03 11–12 33
Oil business understudy from Oklahoma who was in league with J.R. and wooed his secretary Sly. Also wooed Lucy in an attempt to get to her money he also wooed Marilee stone for JR Ewing
Kimberly Cryder Leigh Taylor-Young 11x09 11–12 20
Beautiful young wife of an influential Texas oilman. Had an affair with J.R.
Kelly Kehly Sloane 11x12 11–12 19
Sue Ellen's secretary.
Dr. Herbert Styles John Anderson 11x14 11 7
Kimberly Cryder's father.
Laurel Ellis Annabel Schofield 11x15 11 11
A young woman Miss Ellie suspects Clayton is having an affair with.
Kay Lloyd Karen Kopins 11x20 11, 13 12
A PR agent that is Bobby's first love interest after losing Pam.
Debbie Deborah Marie Taylor 11x23 11–14 37
Waitress at the Oil Baron's Club.
Rose Daniels McKay Jeri Gaile 12x03 12–14 20
McKay's young wife.
Tracey Lawton Beth Toussaint 12x05 12–13 17
Carter McKay's daughter who becomes involved with Bobby.
Detective Ratagan John Hoge 12x09 12–14 14
A dirty cop that replaces McSween as J.R.'s contact within the police force.
Tommy McKay J. Eddie Peck 12x14 12–13 13
Son of Carter McKay, a drug dealer.
Hillary Taylor Susan Lucci 14x01 14 6
Psychotic kidnapper who causes April's death at April and Bobby honeymoon in Paris.
LeeAnn De La Vega Barbara Eden 14x08 14 5
South American entrepreneur and a woman from J.R.’s past who came back from revenge. Daughter of a Baptist schoolteacher. Met J.R. in college and became pregnant by him, later having an abortion that left her unable to have children.