Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes on Dallas)

Current Character: Cliff Barnes

Birthday: 1935-07-15

Birthplace: Born in Wolcottville, Indiana, USA

Marital Status: Divorced from Ava Fox (1986-1993); Divorced from Cheryl Paris (1994-2004)


Ken Kercheval was born and raised in Indiana to Marine "Doc" Kercheval, a local physician, and Christine Rieber. He attended Indiana University, where he majored in music and drama. He also went to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He also studied acting at the distinguished Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

During his run on "Dallas" he became a partner in the Old Capital Popcorn Company in 1985. The partnership soured in 1988, which led to a shocking 1989 armed rampage and suicide on the "Dallas" set by one of his partners.

He has seven children from four marriages, all of which have ended in divorce, and has six grandchildren. Kercheval is a lung cancer survivor.

Career Highlights

Dallas - Cliff Barnes (1978-1991, 2012-present)
Calamity Jane - Buffalo Bill Cody (1984)
The Lincoln Conspiracy - John Surratt (1977)
Network - Merrill Grant (1976)
The Secret Storm - Archie Borman (1968)

Awards & Acclaim

Pop Culture Award - "Dallas."
TV Land Awards (2006)
Soap Opera Digest Award - Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Primetime Serial - "Dallas." (1990)