As Dallas turns 45, ET’s Kevin Frazier sat down with cast members Audrey Landers, Charlene Tilton, Joan Van Ark, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Steve Kanaly for an anniversary reunion event produced by Dan Gore at Oscar’s Palm Springs in California.
“Great to be alive. Great to be in Palm Springs,” Kanaly said before he and his co-stars reflected on the legacy of the beloved primetime soap and revisited highlights from the series’ 14-season run on television, including throwing a then-unknown Brad Pitt into a pool and the game-changing cliffhanger that left millions of fans wondering, “Who shot J.R.?”
Not long into its run, Dallas became the place for notable supporting players, like Priscilla Presley, who played Bobby’s former flame, Jenna Wade Krebbs, and guest-starring appearances by the likes of Barbara Eden, Susan Lucci and others. It also became a show where many people, like Brad Pitt, who got thrown into a pool as Randy, or Ian McShane, who played Don Lockwood for 13 episodes long before starring on HBO’s Deadwood, stopped by on their way to becoming famous on their own.
Steve Kanaly: “Brad came and did [four] episodes, playing the love interest of Shalane McCall’s character [Charlie Wade] who was the daughter of Priscilla Presley’s character. And he was very, very good. And in fact, I even directed him in one of the shows. And a friend said, ‘How was it working with Brad Pitt?’ I said, ‘I never worked with Brad Pitt.’ He said, ‘Well, sure you did. He was in Dallas. I’ll send you the video and you can see it.’ And I played it, and was like, ‘Oh, oh, that Brad Pitt.’ He was great. I had several scenes with him. He was a 25-year-old playing an 18-year-old or something like that. And it was very early in his career. And I’m sure he’s not going to give me a job in his next movie.”