Howard Duff
Howard Duff appears as Sen. Harrison O'Dell in two Season 11 episodes of the original "Dallas" CBS-TV series
Howard Duff
General Information
Birth Name: Howard Green Duff
Born: (1913-11-24)November 24, 1913
Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
Died: July 8, 1990(1990-07-08) (aged 76)
Deathplace: Santa Barbara, CA, u.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1947-90, his death
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Senator Harrison O'Dell
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
2 in Season 11

Howard Duff (born November 24, 1913 – died July 8, 1990)[1] played the part of Senator Harrison O'Dell on the original Dallas TV series on CBS, appearing in the Season 11 episodes titled "Never Say Never" and "Last of the Good Guys". He also made a guest appearance on the Dallas spinoff, Knots Landing as Paul Galveston, in 11 episodes of that series. In recent years, he was a guest on such shows as NBC-TV's The Golden Girls, and Midnight Caller.

Life and careeerEdit

Born Howard Green Duff in Charleston, now part of Bremerton, Washington, [2] Howard graduated in 1932 from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, where he began acting in school plays after he was cut from the school basketball team. Thereafter, he worked locally in the theater in Seattle until he entered the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was assigned to the United States Army Air Corps's radio service. After the war his career improved, and he quickly procured his first film role as an inmate in Brute Force. His other film roles include The Naked City (1948),[3] All My Sons (1948), Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949), Panic in the City (1968), In Search of America (1971), A Wedding (1978) and No Way Out (1987).[1]

Duff appeared in a number of films with his first wife, actress/director Ida Lupino. One of his later performances was as Dustin Hoffman's character's attorney in the Academy Award-winning Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).[1] In recent years, he was a guest on such shows as The Golden Girls, Midnight Caller, Knots Landing and Murder, She Wrote.[1]

Personal life/deathEdit

In 1951 Mr. Duff married the actress Ida Lupino, with whom he had a daughter, Bridget. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973.[1]

Duff died at age seventy-six of a heart attack in 1990 in Santa Barbara, California. He was survived by his daughter, his nieces, his second wife, and his granddaughter.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Howard Duff, 76, Hard-Boiled Actor In Movies and TV". New York (Associated Pres (AP)). July 10, 1990. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  2. "Actor Howard Duff, Radio's Sam Spade, Dies at 72", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 10, 1990
  3. Maltin, Leonard - TV Movies 1981-82 Edition, New American Library, 1980

External linksEdit

IMDB logo Howard Duff at the Internet Movie Database