Monday, March 10, 2008

Cinematic Crush: Patrick Duffy

Movie Dearest continues a month long look at the hottest "Retro TV Hunks", the actors who brought prime beefcake to primetime during the 70's and 80's.

Crush object: Patrick Duffy, actor.

- He is best known as the do-good Ewing brother Bobby on the long-running primetime soap classic Dallas; his death and "resurrection" remains the most infamous plot twist in television history.

- Prior to drilling for oil in Texas, he was The Man from Atlantis, a role whose costume consisted of webbed hands, skimpy bathing trunks and little else (and thus, the crush was born).

- Post-Dallas, he starred in the very Brady sitcom Step by Step alongside Suzanne Summers, and has most recently appeared on the daytime serial The Bold and the Beautiful.

- Beginning with Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb, he has starred in a string of popular TV movies, including Children of the Bride, wherein he romanced Golden Girl Rue McClanahan.

- He has also tried his hand in directing with both Dallas and Step by Step, as well as producing, including the two Dallas reunion movies; he is currently working on a third Dallas TV movie that will air on SoapNet, which currently airs repeats of the series that made him a star.

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