Patrick Duffy is best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing, the youngest son of Miss Ellie and the nicest brother of J.R. Ewing (played by Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman respectively) from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991. Duffy returned to reprise his role as Bobby in a continuation of Dallas, which aired on TNT from 2012 to 2014. He is also well known for his role on the ABC sitcom Step by Step as Frank Lambert and for playing Stephen Logan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Duffy played the lead character's father in the 2014 NBC sitcom Welcome to Sweden.
Duffy was born in Townsend, Montana, and attended high school in Everett, Washington where he participated in the Drama Club and the Pep Club, for which he was a Yell King. Patrick wanted to become a professional athlete, and was a certified scuba diver while in his teens. However, his involvement in his high school's drama department led him to apply to the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was one of 12 people accepted, from over 1,200 applicants. He earned credentials in theater arts that entitled him to teach, graduating with a degree in drama. He ruptured both his vocal cords during his senior year, so he created the position of actor-in-residence, where he worked as an interpreter for ballet, opera, and orchestra companies in Washington, while teaching mime and movement classes.
Patrick moved to New York and appeared in off-Broadway plays, supporting himself by working as a carpenter. In Hollywood, he drove a florist's delivery truck, and landed small roles in film and television.
In 1977, he was working as a house painter when was cast as Mark Harris in the TV series Man from Atlantis. When the series went off the air, he got his big break playing Bobby Ewing. Dallas became a worldwide hit. Despite its success, Duffy opted to leave the series in 1985 with his character being killed off onscreen. However, with the show on the decline, he returned in 1986 in the infamous shower scene that rendered the entire 1985â€“1986 season "just a dream." Duffy remained with the series until its cancellation in 1991. He also appeared in several episodes of the spin-off series Knots Landing between 1979â€“82. Throughout the 13-year run of Dallas, Duffy directed several episodes of the series.
At the end of Dallas' run in 1991, Patrick began another television role, as Frank Lambert on the family sitcom, Step by Step in which he co-starred with Suzanne Somers. The series ran until 1998, and Duffy directed numerous episodes. Also in the 1990s, he appeared in two Dallas reunion television movies; J.R. Returns (1996) and War of the Ewings (1998), both of which he co-produced. He has reunited on several occasions with many of his Dallas co-stars both onscreen and off, most notably for the non-fiction television special Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork in 2004. Duffy continued to act in the occasional guest or voice acting appearance, including the series Family Guy (in which he appeared in a live action scene with Victoria Principal as they spoofed the Dallas shower scene), as well as Justice League and Touched by an Angel. Duffy starred in the television movies Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door and Desolation Canyon. In 2006, he began a recurring role on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Patrick continues to act in episodics and will appear this year in the TV movie Christmas with a View.