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  • Date of birth : 15/07/1935



  • Kercheval Ken


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Ken Kercheval (1935)

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Ken Kercheval is an American actor, best known for his role as Cliff Barnes on the television series Dallas.

Kercheval and Larry Hagman were the only cast members to stay with the series throughout its entire run, although Kercheval's character was only a recurring character during the first two seasons. He became a regular cast member in the 1979-1980 season. Kercheval reprised the role of Cliff Barnes in the 1996 Dallas reunion, J. R. Returns, and he appeared in the 2004 CBS reunion special. He will reprise the role again in episodes 3, 4, and 10 of the forthcoming new Dallas series.

Kercheval was born and raised in Clinton, Indiana, to Marine "Doc" Kercheval, a local physician, and the former Christine Rieber. He trained under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Kercheval made his Broadway debut in the 1962 play Something About a Soldier. Additional theatre credits include The Apple Tree, Cabaret, and Here's Where I Belong. In 1966, he appeared as the title character in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, co-starring with Herschel Bernardi, Maria Karnilova, Julia Migenes, Leonard Frey and Pia Zadora.

He got his start on television in 1966, playing the part of Dr. Nick Hunter on Search for Tomorrow. His film credits include The Seven-Ups with Roy Scheider and Tony LoBianco and F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone.

In 1991, he appeared in the reunion movie, I Still Dream of Jeannie, playing Mr. Simpson, a guidance counselor at Anthony Nelson, Jr's high school and was the temporary master for Anthony's mother, Jeannie . This was because Larry Hagman, who played Tony Nelson, was not available to reprise his role, as he had not yet finished his run on Dallas. He also appeared as a ballroom dance teacher in the independent film, California Casanova.

In 2006, Kercheval appeared in a musical at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre and Plymouth's Theatre Royal in the performance of White Christmas playing The General. In 2007, he reprised his role at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. He reprised his role in Sunderland in 2010.

Kercheval recently finished filming a small role in the independent film Corrado, starring Tom Sizemore.


 personal life
Ken Kercheval is a lung cancer survivor.

Kercheval has seven children from four marriages, all of which have ended in divorce. He presently has six grandchildren.

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