71-year-old Dallas star Patrick Duffy, 65, falling for Happy Days


Patrick Duffy views Linda Purr as ‘Gift as Gift’.

The 71-year-old actor – who played Bobby Ewing in Dallas – began dating 65-year-old Linda during a coronovirus lockdown earlier this year, and he admitted that their romance developed amid a unique set of circumstances.

The actor told Extra this week, “This is the gift COVID has given me – Linda Purl is the woman of my life.”

Happy Man: Patrick Duffy sees Linda Purl as ‘the gift he gave her’; Featured in july 2019

He loves her: The 71-year-old actor began dating 65-year-old Linda during a coronovirus lockdown earlier this year, and he acknowledges that their romance developed amid a unique set of circumstances;  Shown in 2004 Purl

He loves her: The 71-year-old actor began dating 65-year-old Linda during a coronovirus lockdown earlier this year, and he acknowledges that their romance developed amid a unique set of circumstances; Shown in 2004 Purl

His wife Carlin Roser died of a heart attack nearly four years ago, and was not actively looking for a relationship when she reconnected with Linda.

However, he is now convinced that his overbearing romance is the result of ‘fate’.

Patrick – who married Carlin in 1974 until she died in 2017 – told: ‘I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t think I needed it … and then fate just swooped in! And changed perspective.

‘We started texting and then FaceTimeing and then zooming … We spent two to three hours every single night … When you do that, you get to know someone very well. ‘

Cowboy's Heart: 'This is the gift COVID has given me - Linda is the Purple Lady in my life,' the actor gave additional information this week;  Seen here on Dallas as Bobby Ewing

Cowboy’s Heart: ‘This is the gift COVID has given me – Linda is the Purple Lady in my life,’ the actor gave additional information this week; Seen here on Dallas as Bobby Ewing

Dallas Days: From left, Steve Canal (as Ray Krebs), Patrick (as Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (as Pamel Barnes Ewing), (seated), Barbara Bell Geddes (Eleanor Southworth 'Miss Ellie' 'Ewing), Jim Davis (1909 - 1981) (John Ross as' Jock' Ewing), Larry Hagman (John Ross as' JR 'Ewing, Jr.), Charlene Tilton (as Lucy Ewing) (Red In) and Linda Gray (as Sue Allen) Ewing)

Dallas Days: From left, Steve Canal (as Ray Krebs), Patrick (as Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (as Pamel Barnes Ewing), (seated), Barbara Bell Geddes (Eleanor Southworth ‘Miss Ellie’ ‘Ewing), Jim Davis (1909 – 1981) (John Ross as’ Jock’ Ewing), Larry Hagman (John Ross as’ JR ‘Ewing, Jr.), Charlene Tilton (as Lucy Ewing) (Red In) and Linda Gray (as Sue Allen) Ewing)

The actor loved chatting with Linda during the lockdown, and once the restrictions were relaxed, he wasted no time in hurrying to see her.

He shared: ‘At the end of those two and half months, we were feeling something different than just casual friendships, so I packed up my car, I took 20 hours off, and I was at her door.

“I asked permission if I could kiss her, and we’ve been together ever since.”

Classic Series: Purple’s most famous role was as Ashley Fister in Season 10 of Happy Days in the early 1980s; Still featuring Henry Winkler from Happy Days

Patrick first admitted that his romance with Linda was a complete surprise.

The actor revealed that after the death of his wife in 2017, he never thought he would fall in love again.

He confessed: ‘I never thought it would be for a minute. I never thought I would feel that way again. ‘

They were dating the Happy Days actress earlier this month.

New Love: Patrick Duffy of Dallas, 71, revealed this week that he was 65 years old, his old friend, Linda Purl of Happy Days;  Shown in October 2019

Back Together: There were old friends before falling out of touch two years ago, people reported;  Shown in 2018

New love: Duffy, 71, began dating his and old friend Happy Days’ 65-year-old Linda Purl, according to People, after coming out of touch-out years ago.

Duffy said of his new love. ‘

The road trip was long to see him.

“I drove off my car and drove for 20 hours and ended up at my door to see if it was real,” he said.

Duffy voiced with his newfound romance status: ‘I never thought I’d feel that way again.’

The cause of his wife’s death is not the only one who has a tragic incident.

On November 18, 1986, during the height of his success in Dallas, Duffy’s parents were killed by two teenagers, Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz, during an armed robbery at their inn in Boulder, Montana.

Both were convicted and sentenced to 75 years in prison, although Miller was paroled in 2007 and Wentz was released in 2015.

Top of the world: 'I never thought I'd feel that way again,' Duffy said.  He experienced tragedy after the murder of his parents during an armed robbery during the height of his fame in the 1980s;  Shown on New Dallas with Barbara Strong

Top of the world: ‘I never thought I’d feel that way again,’ Duffy said. He experienced tragedy after the murder of his parents during an armed robbery during the height of his fame in the 1980s; Shown on New Dallas with Barbara Strong

Duffy is best known for acting in Dallas from 1978 to 1985 and 1986 to 1991, where he played Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing’s brother Bobby Ewing.

Her other major TV roles were ABC’s Step by Step (1991–1998) and the soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful from 2006 to 2011.

Recently, he reprized his character in a continuation of Dallas focused on a younger generation, which ran from 2012–2014.

Purple had the best role as Ashley Fister in Season 10 of Happy Days in the early 1980s.

They were like this: Duffy and wife Carlin Roser participate in the fifth annual Golden Boot Award in 1987

They were like this: Duffy and wife Carlin Roser participate in the fifth annual Golden Boot Award in 1987

She also portrayed the daughter of Andy Griffith’s title character in the first season of Matlock, and occasionally portrayed Pam Beasley’s mother on The Office.

From 1980-1981, Pooral has been married to Des Arnaz Jr. four times before. She married screenwriter William Broyles Jr. in 1988, but their divorce was finalized in 1992.

Purl married Alexander Carrie, another screenwriter, Alexander Carrie in 1993 until 1999, and her most recent marriage was to James Vinson Adams from 2006 to 2011.

Meanwhile, Patrick’s Dallas co-star Linda Gray had some sad news to share on Monday.

The 80-year-old actress revealed on Instagram that her 56-year-old son Jeff Thrasher has passed away.

‘Celebration of my son Jeff’s life. He was the kindest, funniest, most loving person ….. He brought the world with such love and was loved by all! The TV veteran said. ‘Their journey can be magical. ❤️. ‘

A TV Queen: Linda Gray of the eighties hit the nighttime soap opera Dallas had some sad news to share on Monday.  Dallas was seen in 1981 with Larry Hagman

A TV Queen: Linda Gray of the eighties hit the nighttime soap opera Dallas had some sad news to share on Monday. Dallas was seen in 1981 with Larry Hagman

His followers were shocked at the sad news, saying ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ and’ Don’t know what to say! Loving you and a big hug from Scotland. ‘

‘Linda I’m so sorry. I’m sending you all my love and power, ‘wrote his Dallas co-star Jordan Brewster.

Linda shared an image of Jeff’s back riding his bicycle on a road full of autumn leaves.

The next photo was of his name drawn in sand, around which crashed in the background.

According to Soap Hub, Jeff struggled with leukemia.

Jeff’s father is Ed Thrasher whom Linda married from 1962 to 1983.

Tragic loss: The 80-year-old star revealed on Instagram that her 56-year-old son Jeff Thrasher has passed away

Tragic loss: The 80-year-old star revealed on Instagram that her 56-year-old son Jeff Thrasher has passed away

A Mother's Pain: The star shared an image of Jeff's back riding his bicycle on a road full of autumn leaves.  The next photo was of his name drawn in sand, around which crashed in the background.

A Mother’s Pain: The star shared an image of Jeff’s back riding his bicycle on a road full of autumn leaves. The next photo was of his name drawn in sand, around which crashed in the background.

Linda also has a 54-year-old daughter, Kelly Sloan, who is married to Lance Sloane; They have two children together.

Jeff worked as a TV director and producer and his most recent project was the Junior Chef Showdown.

In the Junior Chef Showdown, ‘the best and brightest young chefs go head-to-head in the kitchen testing their skills and ingenuity, but only a pint-sized chef will be named the nation’s best’.

Back in the good days: Gray, husband Ed Thrasher, son Jeff Thrasher and daughter Kehly in 1982

Back in the good days: Gray, husband Ed Thrasher, son Jeff Thrasher and daughter Kehly in 1982

He also produced The Amazing Race Canada and Canada’s Smartest Person.

In 2017 he directed Fake World Wonders and in 2015 Jeff worked on Vegas Rat Rods.

Linda made her debut in modeling, gaining fame when she played Sue Ellen Ewing opposite Larry Hagman on Dallas from 1978 to 1989.

The brunette beauty worked with Sylvester Stallone at the Oscars in 1991 and Models Inc. from 1994 to 1995.

She moved back to Dallas in 1996 and in 1998 for Spinoff and also appeared on a reboot from 2012 to 2014.

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