List of Dynasty characters

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The following is a complete list of characters and performers from the 1980s television series Dynasty.

Overview[edit]

Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Reunion
Primary cast
Blake Carrington John Forsythe Main
Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington Linda Evans Main[1]
Alexis Colby Joan Collins Main
Fallon Carrington Colby Pamela Sue Martin Main
Emma Samms Guest Recurring Guest Main
Jeff Colby John James Main Recurring Main
Steven Carrington Al Corley Main Main
Jack Coleman Main
Claudia Blaisdel Carrington Pamela Bellwood Main Recurring[2] Main
Sammy Jo Carrington Heather Locklear Recurring Guest Recurring[3] Main
Adam Carrington Gordon Thomson Main
Robin Sachs Main
Kirby Anders Kathleen Beller Main Main
Dex Dexter Michael Nader Main
Dominique Deveraux Diahann Carroll Main
Amanda Carrington Catherine Oxenberg Main
Karen Cellini Main
Sable Colby Stephanie Beacham Guest Main
Supporting cast
Lindsay Blaisdel Katy Kurtzman Main
Matthew Blaisdel Bo Hopkins Main Guest
Walter Lankershim Dale Robertson Main
Joseph Anders Lee Bergere Recurring Main
Cecil Colby Lloyd Bochner Recurring Main
Dr. Nick Toscanni James Farentino Main
Mark Jennings Geoffrey Scott Main
Tracy Kendall Deborah Adair Main
Peter de Vilbis Helmut Berger Main
Brady Lloyd Billy Dee Williams Main
Prince Michael of Moldavia Michael Praed Main
Ashley Mitchell Ali MacGraw Guest [4]
Daniel Reece Rock Hudson Guest [4]
Rita Lesley Linda Evans Guest Recurring
Garrett Boydston Ken Howard Recurring
Miles Colby Maxwell Caulfield Recurring Main
Ben Carrington Christopher Cazenove Main
Joel Abrigore George Hamilton Main
Caress Morell Kate O'Mara Main
Zachary Powers Ricardo Montalban Recurring
Clay Fallmont Ted McGinley Main
Leslie Carrington Terri Garber Main
Sarah Curtis Cassie Yates Main
Dana Waring Carrington Leann Hunley Main
Sean Rowan James Healey Main
Monica Colby Tracy Scoggins Guest Main
Arlen Marshall Michael Brandon Main
Jeremy Van Dorn Jeroen Krabbé Main

Contract[edit]

Blake Carrington (John Forsythe (original cast), 1981–89; 1991)
The self-made CEO of Denver-Carrington and the principal character of the series. Newly married to his former secretary Krystle Jennings, he has four children with his scheming ex-wife Alexis. Initially a ruthless man in both business and family matters, Blake softens into a more benevolent patriarchal figure early on in the series.
Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington (Linda Evans (original cast), 1981–89; 1991)
Blake's younger wife, former wife of tennis pro Mark Jennings and the one-time lover of married geologist Matthew Blaisdel. Krystle is the mother, with Blake, of Krystina, and the aunt of Sammy Jo Dean, the only child of her late sister Iris and Daniel Reece.
Fallon Carrington Colby (Pamela Sue Martin (original cast), 1981–84; then Emma Samms, 1985–89, 1991)
The eldest daughter of Blake and Alexis, the wife of Jeff Colby and the mother, with Jeff, of "Little Blake" and Lauren Colby. As a young woman, she has affairs with chauffeur Michael Culhane, playboy Peter De Vilbis, tennis pro Mark Jennings, doctor Nick Toscanni, and Colby heir, Miles Colby, whom she marries briefly. Fallon and Jeff leave Denver as the primary focus of the spin-off series The Colbys, and then return to Dynasty in 1987.
Steven Daniel Carrington (Al Corley (original cast), 1981–82, 1991; then Jack Coleman, 1983–88)
The sexually confused, third born and younger son of Blake and Alexis who, despite his conviction that he is homosexual, marries Sammy Jo Dean and Claudia Blaisdel. With Sammy Jo, he fathers Danny Carrington. At different times, the lover of Ted Dinard, Luke Fuller and Bart Fallmont. Steven eventually ends up with Bart in the reunion movie.
Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins, 1981–89; 1991)
Former socialite turned businesswoman, married to Blake, Cecil Colby, Dex Dexter and Sean Rowan. She famously holds a torch for Blake, though she later falls deeply in love with Dex. Her children with Blake are Adam, Fallon, Steven and Amanda. Alexis is romantically attached to a number of men, including Carrington architect and estate manager Roger Grimes, tennis pro Mark Jennings, oilman Rashid Ahmed, King Galen of Moldavia and shipping tycoon Zach Powers.
Matthew Blaisdel (Bo Hopkins (original cast), 1981; 1987)
Denver–Carrington geologist and Krystle's former lover. Married to the emotionally fragile Claudia, with whom he shares a teenaged daughter, Lindsay.
Cecil Baldwin Colby (Lloyd Bochner (original cast), 1981–82)
Oldest Colby son, powerful magnate of ColbyCo. and rival to Blake.
Michael Culhane (Wayne Northrop (original cast), 1981; 1986–87)
Blake's shady chauffeur, secretly having an affair with Fallon.
Joseph Arlington Anders (Lee Bergere (original cast), 1981–83)
The Carringtons' longtime majordomo. Staunchly loyal to Blake, Joseph takes an immediate dislike to his new bride Krystle.
Lindsay Blaisdel (Katy Kurtzman (original cast), 1981)
The sensitive teenaged daughter of Matthew and Claudia.
Walter Lankershim (Dale Robertson (original cast), 1981)
Old oil wildcatter, former partner to Matthew and business nemesis to Blake.
Adam Alexander Carrington (Gordon Thomson, 1982–89; later Robin Sachs, 1991)
First born of Blake and Alexis, kidnapped as an infant and raised as Michael Torrance in Billings, Montana. He learns of his true identity as an adult, and comes to Denver. Obsessed with Kirby Anders and later married to Claudia Blaisdel and Dana Waring, he is a ruthless schemer, constantly plotting to enhance his position in the dynasty.
Amanda (Bedford) Carrington (Catherine Oxenberg, 1984–86; then Karen Cellini, 1986–87)
Amanda is the second daughter (last born of four) of Blake and Alexis, raised in London as Amanda Bedford by Alexis's cousin Rosalind Bedford. She was hidden from Blake out of spite by Alexis, who discovered she was pregnant after he ran her out of Denver. Amanda marries Prince Michael of Moldavia, and is later the lover of Dex, Clay Fallmont and chauffeur Michael Culhane.
Jeffrey "Jeff" Broderick Colby (John James (original cast), 1981–89; 1991)
The nephew and protege of Cecil Colby. Born to Philip and Francesca Colby, he was raised by Cecil on the Colby estate in Denver, Nine Oaks (which neighbored the Carrington estate) because his father died before coming into his inheritance. Married to Fallon and briefly to Kirby Anders, he is the father of L.B. and Lauren Colby with Fallon. At different times, is involved with Nicole Simpson, Lady Ashley Mitchell and Leslie Carrington.
Claudia Barrows Blaisdel Carrington (Pamela Bellwood (original cast), 1981–86)
The emotionally fragile wife of Matthew Blaisdel, mother of Lindsay, and at one time a close friend of Krystle. When introduced, Claudia had recently been released from a psychiatric hospital. She befriends Steven and they soon have an affair. She is forced to confess on the stand at Blake's murder trial, and Matthew leaves her and takes Lindsay. When she finds out that Lindsay has died, she becomes unhinged and is sent off to a hospital again. She returns and resumes her relationship with Steven, and they marry. Eventually the marriage ends over Steven's sexual confusion, and Claudia marries Adam. Claudia begins to lose her sanity again and dies in a fire she starts accidentally at La Mirage.
Samantha Josephine "Sammy Jo" Dean Reece Carrington Fallmont, (Heather Locklear, 1981–89, 1991)
Greedy, trouble-making yet beautiful niece of Krystle, wife of Steven and Clay Fallmont, and mother of Danny Carrington. It is later revealed that she is the daughter of Daniel Reece.
Dr. Nick Toscanni (James Farentino, 1981–82)
Psychiatrist and surgeon, out for revenge against Blake.
Kirby Anders Colby (Kathleen Beller, 1982–84, 1991)
The daughter of Joseph, the Carrington major–domo. Schooled in Europe at Blake's expense, she returns to Denver in 1982. She marries Jeff but is pregnant with Adam's baby; Alexis' meddling later prevents her from marrying Adam. She and Adam have a daughter that is stillborn in 1984, and she leaves Denver shortly thereafter. She accepts Adam's proposal of marriage at the end of Dynasty: The Reunion (1991).
Samuel "Mark" Jennings (Geoffrey Scott, 1982–84)
Handsome tennis pro and Krystle's former husband. He is brought to Denver by Alexis, who wishes to break up Blake and Krystle's marriage. He romances both Alexis and Fallon.
Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter (Michael Nader, 1983–89)
Alexis' third husband, and arguably the second great love of her life, after Blake. Dex carries on a brief affair with Alexis' daughter Amanda, which strains the relationship between mother and daughter and ultimately ends his marriage. Dex is something of an adventurer and, throughout the series, goes on a number of daring missions. He spent time as a Green Beret, including service in the Vietnam War.
Tracy Kendall (Deborah Adair, 1983–84)
Public relations employee of Denver–Carrington. Scheming and ambitious, Tracy seeks to advance her career either by subterfuge or by sleeping her way to the top. She acts as a spy for Alexis, but is dismissed after she is exposed.
Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll, 1984–87)
Successful and wealthy chanteuse (birth name Millie Cox), illegitimate daughter of Tom Carrington and Laura Matthews, making her a half-sister to Blake and Ben Carrington. Dominique is initially a strong, tough schemer and fighter who loves going toe-to-toe with Alexis, but after reconciling with the Carrington family, she mellows considerably.
Lady Ashley Mitchell (Ali MacGraw, 1985)
Famous photographer and friend of Dominique's, who pursues Blake romantically. She becomes involved with Jeff Colby, but is later shot and killed during the Moldavian Massacre.
Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed, 1985–86)
Heir to the European kingdom of Moldavia, Michael becomes romantically involved with Amanda, as Alexis schemes for them to wed.
Joel Abrigore (George Hamilton, 1985–86)
Film director who plots with Sammy Jo to arrange Krystle's kidnapping.
Garrett Boydston (Ken Howard, 1985–86)
Levelheaded though sensitive chief counsel for Colby Enterprises who loved and pursued Dominique Deveraux.
Miles Colby (Maxwell Caulfield, 1985–86, 1991)
The spoiled, hot–headed son of Jason and Sable Colby and twin brother of Monica Colby. Miles is a major character on the spin–off series The Colbys.
Cassandra "Caress" Morell (Kate O'Mara, 1986)
The younger sister of Alexis, who served five years in a prison in Caracas, Venezuela. She wrote an incriminating book, Sister Dearest, about Alexis. Loved Zach Powers and resented Alexis for "sailing off" with him when she was imprisoned. Put back in prison through the machinations of Ben Carrington.
Clay Fallmont (Ted McGinley, 1986–87)
The son of Senator Buck and Emily Fallmont, Clay engages in affairs with Amanda, Sammy Jo and Leslie Carrington.
Dana Waring Carrington (Leann Hunley 1986–88)
Blake's beautiful and loyal assistant at Denver–Carrington. She and Adam fall and love and marry, but dark secrets, Adam's struggle with alcohol and their struggle to have a child strains their marriage irrevocably.
Benjamin "Ben" Carrington (Christopher Cazenove, 1986–87)
The vengeful brother of Blake, who was cut off by Blake after the death of their mother. Alexis brings him to Denver to stir up trouble and help her destroy Blake. Even though Ben and Alexis manage to force Blake and Krystle out of the Carrington mansion, Ben eventually reconciles with his brother and, much later, his daughter Leslie. He engages in an affair with Emily Fallmont, and may be the biological father of her son Clay.
Sabella "Sable" Scott Colby (Stephanie Beacham, 1985; 1988–89)
The ex-wife of Colby Enterprises magnate Jason Colby and the cousin of Alexis, initially a main character on The Colbys. Sable leaves Los Angeles and comes to Denver, where she supports Blake after Krystle's departure to a Swiss clinic. She becomes a formidable opponent of Alexis by getting her hands on the Carlton Hotel, Alexis' oil tankers and her former husband Dex.
Monica Scott Colby (Tracy Scoggins, 1985; 1988–89)
First cousin of Jeff Colby, she is believed to be Jeff's half–sister until her mother, Sable, revealed that Monica and her twin brother Miles are not Jason Colby's children. Monica follows her mother to Denver, helping her in her efforts to fight Alexis, serving as Sable's legal counsel. Monica had previously been a character on The Colbys.
Sarah Curtis (Cassie Yates, 1987)
Friend of Dex Dexter, whose husband and daughter die in a car crash. Sarah is persuaded to allow her daughter's heart to be transplanted into Blake and Krystle's critically ill young daughter Krystina. She becomes obsessed with Krystina and kidnaps her. However, she eventually recovers with the help of Blake and Krystle.
Leslie Saunders Carrington (Terri Garber, 1987–88)
Daughter of Ben Carrington and Melissa Saunders. During her short stay in Denver, she has affairs with Dex, Michael Culhane, Jeff Colby, Sean Rowan and Clay Fallmont.
Sean (Anders) Rowan (James Healey, 1987–88)
Handsome stranger who saves Alexis from drowning after a car accident, and becomes her fourth husband. He is secretly the son of Joseph Anders.
Jeremy Van Dorn (Jeroen Krabbé, 1991)
Leader of a large public relations firm, mastermind behind an international, evil conglomerate and thorn in Alexis' side in Dynasty: The Reunion.

Recurring[edit]

Jeanette Robbins (Virginia Hawkins, 1981–89; 1991)
The Carrington housekeeper.
Gerard (William Beckley, 1981–89; 1991)
The Carrington butler. He takes over as majordomo after Joseph Anders' suicide. During the eighth season of the series, he and Jeanette admit that they have romantic feelings for one another.
Hilda Gunnerson (Betty Harford, 1981–89; 1991)
Longtime maid to the Carrington family who Blakes suggests has "fed her relatives" on Carrington food.
Andrew Laird (Peter Mark Richman, 1981–84)
Former criminal attorney who is Blake Carrington's chief legal counsel.
D.A. Jake Dunham (Brian Dennehy, 1981)
Prosecutor who tries Blake's case regarding the death of Ted Dinard.
Ted Dinard (Mark Withers, 1981)
Steven's boyfriend, accidentally killed by Blake.
Ray Bonning (Lance LeGault, 1981–82)
Rashid Ahmed (John Saxon, 1982–84)
Dark, dashing oil sheik and occasional lover to Alexis Colby.
Congressman Neal McVane (Paul Burke, 1982–84; 1987–88)
Alexis' former flame, whose scheming puts him at odds with both her and the Carringtons.
Morgan Hess (Hank Brandt, 1982–88)
Corrupt private investigator initially hired by Alexis to dig into Krystle's past. Known for his loud sport coats
Gerald Wilson (John Larch, 1982–88)
Attorney to Cecil Colby.
Tony Driscoll (Paul Keenan, 1982–84)
The Carrington groundsman.
Dr. Jonas Edwards (Robert Symonds, 1982–87)
Father figure to Adam when he was growing up as Michael Torrance.
Peter De Vilbis (Helmut Berger, 1983–84)
Wealthy international womanizer and love interest of Fallon. He is the owner of the prized horse Allegre, and tries to skip town after swindling Blake in the horse's kidnapping. Fallon runs away with him when she disappears in 1984.
Chris Deegan (Grant Goodeve, 1983–87)
Gay lawyer friend of Steven's.
Brady Lloyd (Billy Dee Williams, 1984–85)
Charming recording executive, previously married to Dominique Deveraux.
Daniel Reece (Rock Hudson, 1984–85)
Wealthy owner of newspapers and the Delta Rho Stables, he was involved with Iris Grant in Dayton, Ohio, and simultaneously in love with her sister Krystle. Former mercenary who did some work with Dex. Confessed his longtime love to Krystle and left his fortune to his biological daughter Sammy Jo, with Krystle as executor, when he died in Libya.
Gordon Wales (James Sutorius, 1984–88)
Reporter at World Finance magazine who interviews Blake in 1984. He is later hired by Alexis to work at her tabloid, the Denver Mirror.
Luke Fuller (Billy Campbell, 1984–85)
During his marriage to Claudia, Steven finds himself attracted to coworker Luke.
Dean Caldwell (Richard Hatch, 1984–85)
Handsome art gallery owner who takes an interest in Claudia Blaisdel in 1984.
Nicole Simpson (Susan Scannell, 1984–85)
Ex–wife of Peter De Vilbis. Marries Jeff Colby, but her lies strain their relationship.
King Galen of Moldavia (Joel Fabiani, 1985–86)
Charming ruler of Moldavia—and old friend of Alexis—who conspires with her to marry his son Prince Michael to her daughter, Amanda.
Nick Kimball (Richard Lawson, 1985–86)
Well-reputed drill foreman hired by Blake in 1986. He is the son of one of Blake's oil-business colleagues, and a graduate cum laude from the Colorado School of Mines. Nick becomes the lover and eventual fiance to Dominique.
Bart Fallmont (Kevin Conroy, 1985–86)
Clashes with Steven on environmental issues with Denver–Carrington, but the two cannot ignore their attraction.
Elena, Duchess of Branagh (Kerry Armstrong, 1985–86)
Former flame of Prince Michael.
Jonathan Lake (Calvin Lockhart, 1985–86)
Jackie Deveraux (Troy Beyer, 1986–87)
Daughter of Dominique.
Emily Fallmont (Pat Crowley, 1986–87)
Bart and Clay's mother, it is revealed she had an affair with Ben Carrington years ago, raising the question of Clay's parentage.
Buck Fallmont (Richard Anderson, 1986–87)
Senator Buck Fallmont disapproves of his son Bart's homosexuality, and later disowns his son Clay after he finds out about his wife's indiscretion.
Karen Atkinson (Stephanie Dunham, 1987–88)
Surrogate mother contracted by Adam and Dana in their pursuit of a child.
Jesse Atkinson (Christopher Allport, 1987–88)
Karen's estranged husband, and father of her other children.
Josh Harris (Tom Schanley, 1987–88)
Troubled player on a Carrington–owned football team; briefly involved with Sammy Jo.
Sgt. John Zorelli (Ray Abruzzo, 1988–89)
A police detective who becomes involved with Fallon. He is investigating the long–ago murder of Roger Grimes.
Joanna Sills (Kim Terry, 1988–89)
Employee of Sable Colby.
James Rayford (Robert Harland, 1988)
Rudy Richards (Lou Beatty Jr., 1988–89)
Police partner of Zorelli.
Virginia Metheny (Liza Morrow, 1988–89)
Krystle's young cousin who raised herself after the death of her father. She was once involved with Dex, and later becomes involved with Adam.
Father Tanner McBride (Kevin Bernhardt, 1989)
Priest who becomes involved with Sammy Jo.
Captain William Handler (John Brandon, 1988–89)
The crooked cop who shoots Blake in the series finale after his schemes are exposed.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Linda Evans departs the cast after the eighth episode of the ninth and final season.
  2. ^ Pamela Bellwood departs the show after appearing in three episodes of the third season, and reappears at the end of the season.
  3. ^ Heather Locklear is credited as "Starring" in the episodes in which she appears.
  4. ^ a b Billed as "Special Guest".

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