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Ken Kercheval

Ken Kercheval

Highest Rated: 100% Pretty Poison (1968)

Lowest Rated: 67% F.I.S.T. (1978)

Birthday: Jul 15, 1935

Birthplace: Wolcottville, Indiana, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

100% Pretty Poison
73% The Seven-Ups
67% F.I.S.T.

Photos

THE SEVEN-UPS, Roy Scheider, Jerry Leon, Victor Arnold, Ken Kercheval, 1973. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Dallas, Ken Kercheval, 'JR's Masterpiece', Season 2, Ep. #8, 03/11/2013, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Patrick Duffy (C), Josh Henderson (R), 'JR's Masterpiece', Season 2, Ep. #8, 03/11/2013, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval, 'JR's Masterpiece', Season 2, Ep. #8, 03/11/2013, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Mitch Pileggi (R), 06/13/2012, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Mitch Pileggi (R), 06/13/2012, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Linda Gray (R), 06/13/2012, ©TNT Dallas, Mitch Pileggi (L), Steven Weber (C), Ken Kercheval (R), 06/13/2012, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Julie Gonzalo (R), 'Sins of the Father', Season 2, Ep. #3, 02/04/2013, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Julie Gonzalo (R), 06/13/2012, ©TNT Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Julie Gonzalo (R), 'Ewings Unite!', Season 2, Ep. #9, 03/18/2013, ©KSITE Dallas, Ken Kercheval, 'Guilt by Association', Season 2, Ep. #14, 04/15/2013, ©KSITE Dallas, Ken Kercheval (L), Julie Gonzalo (R), 'Call to Arms, A', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/08/2013, ©KSITE

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Promise Dr. Christopher Webber (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Corrado Vittorio (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 77% Rusty: The Great Rescue Carl Winthrope (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 72% Dallas: J.R. Returns Clifford `'Cliff'` Barnes (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 33% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Harlan Richards (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 20% Beretta's Island Barone (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman on the Ledge Doctor Martin (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis of Murder Frank Stevens (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeping Secrets Frank Mahoney (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 17% Corporate Affairs Arthur Strickland (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter L.D. Ryan (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 67% Calamity Jane Buffalo Bill Cody (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 14% The Demon Murder Case Richard Clarion (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patricia Neal Story Dr. Charles Canton (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Far to Go Jack Dennis (Character) - 1979
67% 56% F.I.S.T. Bernie Marr (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 21% Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Miles Amory (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys District Attorney Tom Knight (Character) - 1976
73% 70% The Seven-Ups Ansel (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 12% Rabbit, Run Barney (Character) - 1970
100% 71% Pretty Poison Harry Jackson (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
75% 96% Dallas Cliff Barnes (Guest Star) 2012-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1993-1994 1997 2000
No Score Yet 85% ER Mr. Zwicki (Guest Star) 1998
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Bernie Green (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Alex Ericson (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
1978-1984 1986-1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1987-1989
No Score Yet 66% Highway to Heaven Richard Osbourne (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Ray Fromm (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trials of O'Brien Jerry Quinlan (Guest Star) 1965-1966