Trivia / Dallas

  • Absentee Actor: All the main cast with the (unsurprising) exception of Larry Hagman, who appears in all 357 episodes. Hagman is followed by Ken Kercheval at 344 (justified, because of recurring status in the first two seasons) and Patrick Duffy at 327 (justified, because his "death" in season nine).
  • Actor Existence Failure: Larry Hagman passed away on November 23, 2012. As a result, J.R. died as well.
  • The Character Died with Him:
    • Jim Davis passed away suddenly during production of the fourth season. The production crew had his character, Jock Ewing, go offscreen for a year while they figured out how to write out his character, then finally perish in an offscreen plane crash.
    • Barbara Bel Geddes' character, Miss Ellie, does not appear in the rebooted series, as the actress had passed away in 2005. She is stated to have died of a heart attack sometime between the end of the original series and the pilot of the rebooted series.
    • J.R. Ewing in season two of the rebooted series, in the wake of Larry Hagman's death.
  • The Danza: Harris' mother Judith Ryland is played by Judith Light, while her granddaughter Emma is played by Emma Bell.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Audrey Landers released a compilation of all the songs she sang (as Afton Cooper) on the original series as a standalone album, Dallas Feels Like Home, in 2013.
    • As part of the promotion for the third season, "Ewing Energies" opened a real gas station in NYC, for $1.98 a gallon.
  • Dueling Shows: With Dynasty. Although both had fair runs and held the #1 position in several seasons, Dallas lasted longer and thus wins the round.
  • Fan Nickname: Not fans, but the actors themselves. When they looked and saw the actors playing the "New Generation" of Ewings (Christopher, Elena, Rebecca, and John Ross) were named Jesse, Jordana, Julie and Josh, they occasionally call themselves varying versions of "The J Squad" or "The J Team" .
    • Valene is referred to as "Poor Val".
  • Follow the Leader: Dynasty clearly was made to capitalize on this show.
  • Money, Dear Boy: When Lesley-Anne Down was asked why she signed on to play Stephanie Rogers - she answered "Because they paid me a quarter of a million dollars for seven days' work over ten weeks. What do you think I am, darling? Stupid?!"
  • Old Shame: Victoria Principal refused to have anything to do with the revival of the series. According to Patrick Duffy, this is because of the fact that she doesn't want the show to interfere with her current occupation running a cosmetic company.
    • Everyone involved has been fairly upfront that Victoria was never really friends with the rest of the cast and wasn't really part of the inner circle of Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Ken Kercheval. The creator of the revival has said fairly explicitly that she doesn't even really want Victoria back and the rest of the cast don't seem to worked up about it either.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes was replaced by Donna Reed, who was herself replaced by the returning Barbara Bel Geddes.)
    • As a series regular, Jenna Wade was played by Priscilla Presley from 1983 to 1988, but she was actually the third actress to be cast as Jenna. The character first appeared in an one off episode in 1978 (played by Morgan Fairchild) and appeared in two 1980 episodes (played by Francine Tacker.)
    • Digger Barnes was first played by David Wayne, then Keenan Wynn.
    • Kristen Shepard was originally portrayed by Colleen Camp before the more well-known Mary Crosby took the role over.
    • David Ackroyd (and not Ted Shackelford) was the original Gary Ewing.
    • Margaret Michaels played Pam for one late-season episode. Fan outrage nixed any further appearances as Pam, but this episode did lead to a You Look Familiar a couple of seasons later (see below).
  • Reality Subtext: The death of Jim Davis (Jock Ewing). It was dealt with by putting Jock on various tasks for over a year before instituting a Bus Crash.
    • Larry Hagman died from throat cancer during production of the second season. The production crew worked around this by "jury-rigging" scenes to feature J.R. speaking to other characters (cobbled together from spare footage and voiceovers). While they had originally planned to keep J.R. around for years even in the event of Hagman's death (as an offscreen figure doing other tasks separate from the main cast), his sudden death forced the crew to rework several shots Hagman filmed as a final conversation with John Ross in "Furious and Fast".
  • Real Person Cameo: J.R.'s memorial service in "J.R.'s Masterpiece" was attended by Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban, and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings.
  • Saving the World with Art: A ploy by the communist Romanian government backfired when they allowed 'Dallas'' to air within the country, intending to show the wasteful, brutal American lifestyle. Instead, it made the citizens wonder why they weren't living such nice lives under the current regime. During an interview, a teary-eyed Larry Hagman recounted when a citizen thanked him by saying that his character J.R. saved their country.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • A very unusual case: a recurring character named Ben Stivers appeared in the Dream Season. Obviously after Pam woke up he didn't appear anymore, but an identical character named Wes Parmalee did and was played by the same actor (see also Aborted Arc above).
    • Another unusual case: After Margaret Michaels played Pam in one episode, the actress returned a couple of seasons later playing a real estate named Jeannie O'Brien. Bobby and Cliff are both taken aback at her resemblance to Pam.
    • Tracy Scoggins played a call girl named Dianne in the seventh-season episode "My Brother's Keeper", and then returned to play Anita Smithfield in J.R. Returns.
    • Mitch Pileggi (who plays Ann's ex-husband, Harris Ryland), in addition to being an extra in a very early episode in the 80's, had a three-episode role in the original series as a mental patient who bullied J.R. when he was in a mental institution.
    • Brenda Strong (Ann) had a role in a tenth-season episode of the original series as one of Cliff's one night stands.
    • Glenn Morshower (who plays Lou, a lawyer who helps the Ewings throughout the first season) played a small role as a campaign aide in the original series' first-season episode "Black Market Baby".
    • Barry Corbin, who played Sheriff Washburn in the original series, appears as J.R.'s lawyer during the will-reading scene in "Ewings Unite!".
    • Barbara Stock, who portrayed Cliff's love interest Liz Adams in the final season, originally played an unrelated character Heather Wilson in two episodes in season 5.
    • In the revival, Sam Anderson plays a recast of Dr. David Gordon (who was established as Pam's doctor/pretend fiancee in the last episode featuring her in the original series), while in the original series he played a detective during Season 8 who helped Bobby prove Jenna innocent of murder.


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/Dallas