Packards International Friend Ken Kercheval
Passes at Age 83

April 21, 2019

The Packard world lost a good friend today when Ken Kercheval, the actor best known for his longtime role as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes on the CBS soap opera Dallas, passed away at age 83. Kercheval’s passion for acting began in 1954 when he dropped out of Indiana University after one semester to accept the lead in a Terre Haute production of Kiss Me, Kate, he told PEOPLE in 1981. The actor began his career in acting by starring in many Broadway productions including The Apple Tree, Cabaret, Here’s Where I Belong, and Fiddler on the Roof.

In 1962, Kercheval transitioned to screen and it wasn’t long before he became a staple in the television and film world. We all know him as Cliff Barnes, the oil tycoon who was repeatedly bested by Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing, on the long-running CBS primetime soap opera Dallas. Kercheval remained on the show until its end in 1991 and even had the opportunity to direct two episodes.

Ken was also a serious collector of Packard automobiles and owned many over the years. In the following video Ken talks about how he discovered his first Packard, his 1941 One Ten project and his tremendous passion for the Packard automobile:

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