With the ‘will she, won’t she?’ surrounding Pam Ewing’s possible return to the show (and possible return for Victoria Principal at the same time-though she has issued a statement saying she definitely won’t be coming back-or words to that effect) fans have been divided on whether or not that character should be recast. A lot of fans, not including myself, say ‘It’s Victoria or it’s no one!’ whereas others, myself included, would support a recast, if done right and if it meant having the character of Pam back in the show (personally I believe she’s the missing piece of the puzzle).
But speaking of recasts it got me thinking as to how many other parts on Dallas have been recast (including both Dallas 1.0, 2.0 & JR Returns) and here they are! The characters which have had more than one actor playing them are:
Miss Ellie was played by Barbara Bel Geddes and Donna Reed played the character for one year.
Pam was played by Victoria Principal, an unnamed extra & Margaret Michaels after Principal quit Dallas.
Pamela Rebecca was played by Jenna Pangburn in Dallas 1.0, Deborah Kellner in JR Returns and is currently played by Julie Gonzalo in Dallas 2.0
Kristin Sheperd was played first by Colleen Camp and then later by Mary Crosby.
John Ross has been played by Tyler Banks, Omri Katz and currently by Josh Henderson.
Morgan Fairchild was the first Jenna Wade, followed by Francine Tacker and finally Priscilla Presley.
David Ackroyd played Gary Ewing before the part was taken over by Ted Shackleford.
Digger Barnes went from looking like David Wayne to Keenan Wynn and no one batted an eyelid.
Cousin Jimmy Monahan was played by actors James Canning and Philip Levien.
Christopher Ewing has been played by Eric Farlow, Joshua Harris, Christopher Demetral and is now played by Jesse Metcalfe.
Two actresses played Charlie Wade-Laurie Lynn Myers & Shalane McCall.
The original Tracey Lawton (McKay) was played by Beth Toussaint but when she reappeared in TNT Dallas she is played by Melinda Clarke