25 April 2019 14:00
Ken Kercheval, who starred as Cliff Barnes in Dallas, has died at the age of 83. The actor played the beleaguered brother-in-law to Larry Hagman's Machiavellian oil baron, JR Ewing. His role in Dallas, from 1978 to 1991, was his most well-known, but he had many smaller roles in popular TV shows, including ER, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, and Diagnosis Murder. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ken Kercheval (bottom left) with the cast of Dallas. Photograph: AllStar/Lorimar There were also film roles, including appearances in Sidney Lumet's Network, the psychological thriller Pretty Poison, and alongside Roy Scheider in the 70s police drama The Seven-Ups.
"He was one of those guys who was going to be the next James Dean," David Jacobs, the creator of Dallas, told the Hollywood Reporter. But it was Kercheval's performances in Dallas, which was one of the defining TV shows of the 80s and was translated into 67 languages across 90 countries, as the hopeless Barnes that would make him known around the world. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Lou Polan and Ken Kercheval in The Seven-Ups, 1973. Photograph: AllStar/20th Century Fox Originally a stage actor, Kercheval starred alongside Dustin Hoffman in a 1959 production of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End and made his Broadway debut in 1961 in The Young Abe Lincoln, before appearing in The Apple Tree and Cabaret later that decade. Kercheval's agent confirmed the actor died on Sunday in the city of Clinton in Indiana. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ken Kercheval in Los Angeles, California, in June 2016. Born in Wolcottville, Indiana, and raised in Clinton by his father, a physician, and his mother, a nurse, he studied at the University of Indiana and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Kercheval is survived by his three children, Caleb, Liza and Madison, his agent said. Ken Kercheval, who played JR Ewing's nemesis Cliff Barnes in the hit TV show Dallas, has died in the US aged 83. The Hollywood Reporter states that Kercheval died on Sunday night, confirming the news with a funeral home in Indiana. Kercheval was best known for playing Cliff Barnes and was one of only two cast members to remain on Dallas through its 14 seasons as well as returning for the primetime show's reboot. David Jacobs, the creator of Dallas, said: "He was one of those guys who was going to be the next James Dean." LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman's scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series "Dallas," has died. He was in "Dallas" for its full run, from 1978 to 1991, and returned as oilman Cliff opposite Hagman for a revival of the prime-time drama that aired from 2012-14. Cliff was a nice guy, but with brother-in-law J.R.'s constant battering he had to defend himself, Kercheval said. "If I did something that wasn't quite right, it's because I had to," he added. Kercheval was born in Wolcottville, Indiana, and raised in Clinton by his father, a physician, and his mother, a nurse. Kercheval's big-screen credits included "Pretty Poison" (1968), "The Seven-Ups" in 1973 and "Network" in 1976. He made frequent guest appearances on TV series, stretching from "Naked City" and "The Defenders" in the 1960s to "ER" and "Diagnosis Murder" in the 1990s and 2000s. In a first-person piece for People magazine in 1994, Kercheval detailed his arduous treatment for lung cancer and advocated that others quit smoking, as he was "99 percent" successful in doing. Kercheval's survivors include three children, Caleb, Liza and Madison, his agent said. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A representative for Ken Kercheval says the actor who played Cliff Barnes on the hit TV series Dallas has died aged 83. Agent Jeff Fisher said Kercheval died on Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana. Kercheval's character was a punching bag for Larry Hagman's scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on Dallas, which aired from 1978 to 1991. He made frequent guest appearances on TV, in series stretching from The Defenders in the 1960s to ER and Diagnosis Murder in the 1990s and 2000s. Kercheval's survivors include three children, his agent said. Australian Associated Press Did actor Ken Kercheval, best known for his role as Cliff Barnes on the "Dallas" TV series, die? Yes, this is true: Kercheval died on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in his hometown of Clinton, Indiana, after a fight with lung cancer, according to a spokeswoman at Frist Funeral Home in Clinton. His talent agency also confirmed his death to Lead Stories. This confirms a report published by the local newspaper The Daily Clintonian on Monday, April 22, 2019. News of Kercheval's death has been confused by false reports that the local newspaper story--which is not online--was false. A Dallas fan group Twitter posting and a FaceBook page said its source was Kercheval's son, Caleb, and it referenced a post on Kercheval's personal FaceBook page saying "That J.R.'s at it again. "No one can accuse Ken Kercheval of not having a sense of humor. Dallas Fanzine on Twitter "No one can accuse Ken Kercheval of not having a sense of humor. The publisher of the Daily Clintonian told Lead Stories that what was hacked was Kercheval's FaceBook account, not his newspaper. George "Sonny" Carey said he has asked the Clinton Police to investigate who made that false post. Kercheval was hospitalized during the week before his death in Clinton for treatment of pneumonia, Carey said. The Frist Funeral home said Kercheval's funeral arrangements are not final, but the service is expected to be private. This is the printed version of the Daily Clintonian article headlined "Clinton resident, actor Ken Kercheval has died" from April 21, 2019: Confirming Kercheval's death was complicated since he has not worked for several years as an actor in Los Angeles because of poor health and a lack of acting roles, according to a talent agent and a former business manager. When Lead Stories knocked on his Granada Hills apartment door to see if the actor was alive, there was no answer. We later confirmed he had moved to his hometown of Clinton, Indiana. Carey, the publisher of the local paper, told Lead Stories that Kercheval's son, Caleb, was apparently trying to delay release of the death notice by posting on social media that the paper had been "hacked" by J.R., a reference to the Larry Hagman character on the Dallas show. Disbelief continued even hours after Lead Stories published confirmation from several named sources of Kercheval's death. Dallas co-star Sheree Wilson tweeted that she had been assured by the son that Kercheval was "very much alive." In addition to the local funeral home, the local newspaper publisher, and a talent representative confirming to Lead Stories that Ken Kercheval has died, a Clinton resident who said she has known him since childhood told us "I'll bet you a zillion dollars he's no longer with us." A virtual Twitter war erupted between disblieving fans and Clinton residents over the death news. Those who don't beiieve the longtime friend could pick up the phone and call the funeral home, as we did at Lead Stories. I will testify to anyone that it is a fact and not a hoax, Ken Kercheval died on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at his residence. Anyone who does not believe me can contact the Funeral Director of Frist Funeral Home in Clinton, Indiana at the following phone number:765-832-3511. If a living Ken Kercheval surfaces, it raises serious questions about whose body is at the Frist Funeral Home in Clinton, Indiana.