Published On: May 12 2014 12:06:25 AM CDTUpdated On: Jan 12 2016 01:00:00 AM CST
It's hard to believe it's been 35 years since the primetime soap opera "Dynasty" premiered on Jan. 12, 1981. In honor of the anniversary, join us for a look at where the show's stars are today.
John Forsythe played powerful oil tycoon Blake Carrington, the CEO of Denver-Carrington and the show's principal character. The character was initially portrayed as a ruthless businessman and patriarch, but Blake softened as the show went on. Forsythe was the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
Forsythe's other best known role came voicing the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend on the TV crime drama "Charlie's Angels" from 1976 to 1981. He began his career in the early 1940s as a bit player for Warner Bros. before serving in the Army during World War II. His lengthy career in Hollywood also included the sitcoms "Bachelor Father" (1957-62), "The John Forsythe Show" (1965-66), "To Rome with Love" (1969-71) and "The Powers That Be" (1992-93). His last roles came once again voicing Charles Townsend on the movie adaptations of "Charlie's Angels" in 2000 and 2003. He died of pneumonia at age 92 on April 1, 2010.
Linda Evans played Krystle Carrington, Blake's former-secretary-turned wife. As the show started, the much younger Krystle had to deal with a hostile reception as she joined the new world of the Carrington household.
Evans (seen here in 2012) ended up leaving "Dynasty" midway through its final season, with the character of Krystle being written off as lapsing into a coma after surgery. However, she returned for the two-part special "Dynasty: The Reunion" in 1991. Evans' acting career began in the 1960s, starting with a guest spot opposite Forsythe in his sitcom "Bachelor Father." She went on to play several different guest roles on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" before finding fame in the Western TV series "The Big Valley" from 1965 to 1969. Evans semi-retired from acting following "Dynasty" and made only occasional television appearances before retiring for good in 1997, with her last role coming in the TV movie "The Stepsister."
Joan Collins joined the show at the beginning of the second season, playing Alexis Carrington Colby, Blake's vengeful ex-wife. A former socialite turned businesswoman, Alexis' conniving character instantly became a formidable rival for Krystle, with the two engaging several times in memorable catfights the show became known for.
After beginning her career in her native England, Collins came to Hollywood in the 1955. She mostly appeared in minor movies and made guest appearances on TV shows before joining "Dynasty." Her performance on the show is generally credited with making it into the ratings success it became, topping the ratings in 1985 to beat out its chief competitor "Dallas." Collins has continued working consistently since "Dynasty," making guest appearances on shows such as "Roseanne," "The Nanny" and "Will & Grace" and appearing in the occasional movie, including playing Wilma Flintstone's mother in the 2000 prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas." Her most recent roles have come in the form of guest spots in the sitcoms "Rules of Engagement" and "Happily Divorced" and in the British TV series "Benidorm" and a recurring role on the E! drama series "The Royals."
Pamela Sue Martin played Fallon Carrington Colby, the eldest daughter of Blake and Alexis. Fallon was a portrayed as a headstrong and promiscuous character, having several affairs with various characters. Martin left the series during its fourth season, with the character disappearing after a car accident.
While Fallon was absent from the show for much of its fifth season, the character was reintroduced at the end of the season, suffering from amnesia and played by Emma Samms. Despite the change in actresses, there was no on-air explanation given for the character's change in appearance.
Martin was already known for playing Nancy Drew on the late-1970s "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" TV series when she was cast in "Dynasty." Post-"Dynasty" Martin has mostly stayed in television roles, including several TV movies and cameos in a 2002 episode of "That '70s Show" and a 2006 episode of "The L Word." Her most recent role came in the 2014 movie "McTaggart's Fortune," which reunited her with her "Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew" co-star Parker Stevenson.
Samms left "General Hospital" to take her "Dynasty" role and although her character, Holly Sutton Scorpio, was seemingly killed off when she left the daytime soap, she was brought back from the dead in January 1992. She stayed in the role until 1993, also playing Holly's lookalike half-sister Paloma. She also appeared on the "Melrose Place" spinoff "Models, Inc." in 1994-94 and on the BBC daytime series "Doctors" in 2005. She's also returned several times to her "General Hospital" role, with the most recent stint coming during the summer of 2015.
Al Corley initially played Steven Carrington, the younger son of Blake and Alexis. Steven served as one of Krystle's few allies and also had a conflicted relationship with his father, both due to their political differences and Steven's hesitancy to take over the family business. Also a point of friction with his father was Steven's sexual orientation, with the character considering himself gay, but also having affairs and marriages with several female characters on the show.
Corley (seen here in December 2014) has mostly had minor roles in indie films and made-for-TV movies since "Dynasty," including "Don Juan DeMarco," "Cowboy Up," "You Kill Me" and "Bigger Than the Sky," the last of which, a 2005 romantic-comedy starring John Corbett, Amy Smart and Sean Astin, he also directed. His most recent role came with a bit part in the 2011 indie film "Kill the Irishman."
Steven was recast during the second season, with Jack Coleman taking over the role and appearing on the show for 148 episodes through the eighth season in 1988. The change in appearance was explained as Steven having plastic surgery after an oil rig explosion.
Coleman has had a variety of guest spots on TV shows since "Dynasty," but he is perhaps best known for his role as Noah Bennet on the TV series "Heroes" and its new reboot "Heroes Reborn." He's also had recurring roles on the shows "The Vampire Diaries," "The Office," "Burn Notice," "Scandal" and "Castle."
Gordon Thomson played Adam Carrington, Blake and Alexis' older son, who was kidnapped at birth and raised in Montana. The character was never mentioned during the first season and and was only introduced in the third season to initially replace Steven after Corley left the show. After learning of his true identity as an adult, he returned to the Carrington home and promptly started scheming his way up the chain at his father's business.
After "Dynasty" ended, Thomson returned to daytime soaps, where he had gotten his start. In 1990, he joined the now defunct series "Santa Barbara" and he's since had roles on "The Young and the Restless," "Passions," "Sunset Beach" and "Days of Our Lives." He's also guest-starred on TV shows such as "Silk Stalkings," "The Nanny," "Baywatch," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "State of Grace" and appeared in small roles in the 2006 movies "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Poseidon." His most recent roles have come on the soap opera web series "DeVanity" and "Winterthorne."
Heather Locklear played Sammy Jo Dean Carrington, Krystle's greedy and trouble-making niece. The character, who briefly married Steven for his money, was used as the show's secondary villainess for much of the series.
Locklear was also appearing on "T.J. Hooker," another Aaron Spelling-produced series, while starring on "Dynasty." She's gone on to find great success on the TV shows "Melrose Place" and "Spin City" and joined the TNT series "Franklin & Bash" in a main role for the show's third season in 2013.
John James played Jeff Colby, the nephew of Cecil Colby, Blake's rival as the magnate of ColbyCo. He was raised on the Colbys' estate neighboring the Carrington estate and eventually was married to Fallon Carrington.
A veteran of daytime soaps, James has also appeared in "As the World Turns" and "All My Children." He's also starred in low-budget movies such as "Icebreaker," "Peril," "Lightning: Fire from the Sky" and "Illegal Aliens," the last of which he produced and would also turn out to be Anna Nicole Smith's last movie.
Bo Hopkins played Matthew Blaisdel, a former geologist at Blake Carrington's company and the former love of Krystle Carrington. He appeared in 16 episodes, all but three in the first season before returning briefly in the seventh and eighth seasons.
Hopkins has appeared in more than 100 film and TV roles in a career spanning more than 40 years, with some of his most memorable roles coming in "The Wild Bunch," "The Getaway," "American Graffiti," "White Lightning" and "Midnight Express." He also had a brief stint on "The Rockford Files," perhaps his most memorable TV role. His most recent role came in the 2013 TV movie "A Little Christmas Business." He's seen here in 2009 at a Sacramento car show.
Pamela Bellwood played Claudia Blaisdel, an emotionally fragile who had just been released from a psychiatric hospital when introduced during the first season. Claudia, once a close friend of Krystle's, was married initially married to Matthew Blaisdel, but eventually had an affair, an on-again-off-again relationship and marriage to Steven. She also was married to Adam for a while, but later died in a hotel fire she accidentally set herself at the end of the show's sixth season.
Since "Dynasty," Bellwood has has guest-star roles in TV series such as "Boon," "Life Goes On" and "Murder, She Wrote." She's most recently appeared in the indie movies "Family Secrets" (2001) and "Going Shopping" (2005). In 2013, she guest starred on the CBS police-procedural series "Criminal Minds."
Catherine Oxenberg (left) was introduced as Amanda Bedford Carrington, Alexis' secret daughter via Blake, during the show's fifth season in 1984. Amanda was raised in London by Alexis' cousin Rosalind Bedford and hidden away from Blake out of spite. The role was recast following the sixth season when Oxenberg was fired due to demands for a pay raise, with Karen Cellini (right) taking over the role for the seventh season in 1986. However, Cellini proved to be unpopular with viewers and lasted just 13 episodes, with her character written out of the show completely. Cellini has only one other acting credit to her resume, appearing in the 2005 direct-to-video thriller "Seriously Twisted."
Oxenberg's biggest post-"Dynasty" role came in the short-lived action-adventure series "Acapulco H.E.A.T." from 1993 to 1994. She also had cameos on the TV series "The Nanny" and "Baywatch" and appeared in the 1999 movie "The Omega Code" and 2000's "Sanctimony," both opposite Casper Van Dien, whom she's been married to since 1999. Her most recent roles came in the 2014 direct-to-video fantasy-adventure "Sleeping Beauty" and the 2015 SyFy movie "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf," both of which also starred Van Dien, with "Sleeping Beauty" also being directed by him.
Diahann Carroll joined "Dynasty" at the end of its fourth season, playing Dominique Deveraux, Blake's illegitimate half-sister. She initially served as another foil for Joan Collins' Alexis, but mellowed out as her time on the show went on. The character eventually left town in 1987.
Carroll has had a long, successful career spanning nearly six decades as a TV and stage actress and singer. She started out in the 1950s appearing in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as "Carmen Jones" and "Porgy and Bess" and starred in her own sitcom, "Julia," from 1968 to 1971, winning a Golden Globe and becoming one of the first black actors to earn an Emmy nomination. Since leaving "Dynasty," she's had guest-star appearances on many TV shows and recurring roles on "A Different World," "Lonesome Dove: The Series," "Grey's Anatomy," "Diary of a Single Mom" and "White Collar."
Michael Nader played Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter, Alexis' third husband. He first appeared in the Season 4 episode "Dex" and stuck around for 151 episodes through the show's final season, along the way having a brief affair with Alexis' daughter Amanda.
Since "Dynasty," Nader has had guest-star roles on TV shows such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Cold Case," but he is most known for his "All My Children" role, playing Dimitri Marick, the two-time husband of Erica Kane, played by series star Susan Lucci. He took on the role from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001, and reprised it once again starting in June 2013 when the show was rebooted as a web series.
Leann Hunley played Dana Waring Carrington, Blake's assistant at Denver-Carrington. Dana and Adam fall in love and marry following a season-long romance during the show's seventh season. Hunley appeared in 45 episodes before leaving the show in 1988.
Hunley went to recurring roles on "Models Inc.," "Dawson's Creek" and "Days of Our Lives," the last a role began in 1983 before appearing on "Dynasty" and later took up again on an on-again-off-again basis from 2007 through 2010. She's also had cameos on TV shows such as "Gilmore Girls," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "NCIS" and "Raising Hope."
Virginia Hawkins (right) played Jeannette Robbins, the Carrington's housekeeper. She appeared in a total of 68 episodes over the course of the series. During the show's eighth season, she and the Carringtons' butler Gerard (left), played by William Beckley, admitted they had romantic feelings for each other.
Hawkins has gone on to appear in several TV movies since "Dynasty" and made guest-star appearances on the TV series "Murder, She Wrote" and "Renegade" and had a minor role in the 2002 Dana Carvey comedy "The Master of Disguise." Her most recent role came with a small part in a 2005 episode of "Veronica Mars" (pictured). Beckley, on the other hand, has only appeared in the 1991 TV special "Dynasty: The Reunion" since the series ended.
Lee Bergere played Joseph Anders, Blake Carrington's longtime majordomo Joseph Anders. Extremely loyal to Blake, he took an immediate dislike to Krystle. However, his character committed suicide during a fourth-season episode in 1983. A character actor known for his haughty and superior characters, Bergere had a long TV career dating back to the 1950s before joining "Dynasty." After he left the series, he had minor roles in the miniseries "North and South" and "Dream West" and in the TV series "Murder, She Wrote" and "Falcon Crest." His last role came in 1989 movie "Time Trackers." He died at age 88 in January 2007.
Wayne Northrop played Michael Culhane, Blake Carrington's shady chauffeur, appearing in 12 episodes during the first season in 1981, during which he had a secret affair with Fallon, and then returning for 20 seventh season episodes in 1986-87.
Since "Dynasty," Northrop has had TV roles on "L.A. Law," "The Young Riders," "Port Charles" and "Cold Case." However, perhaps his best-known post-"Dynasty" roles have come in the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives," in which he played two different characters, Roman Brady and Dr. Alex North (pictured), in various stints between 1982 and 2006.
Christopher Cazenove played Ben Carrington, Blake's estranged brother, who plotted with Alexis to strip Blake of his fortune. Cazenove appeared in 35 episodes over the show's sixth and seventh seasons in 1986-87.
Cazenove, a native of England, mostly appeared in European TV series and movies following "Dynasty," but also had guest roles in American TV series such as "Charmed" and "Nash Bridges." He also appeared in the movies "3 Men and a Little Lady," "Aces: Iron Eagle III" and "A Knight's Tale." Cazenove, who died of septicaemia at age 66 in April 2010, last appeared in the British series "Hotel Babylon" in 2009 and in the 2010 movie "Young Alexander the Great."
Terri Garber played Leslie Carrington, the daughter of Ben Carrington and thus Blake's niece. While she only appeared in 36 episodes during the show's seventh and eighth seasons, Leslie still managed to become the lover of several different characters, including Dex Dexter, Michael Culhane and Jeff Colby.
Garber has had a variety of guest-star roles on TV series since "Dynasty," including "Quantum Leap," "Murder, She Wrote," "My Two Dads," "ER," "Law & Order" and "Cold Case." But much of her work has continued to come in soap operas, including short stints on "Santa Barbara" from 1991 to 1992 and on "General Hospital" in 1993 and a longer recurring role as Iris Dumbrowski on "As the World Turns" between 2005 and 2010. Her most recent role came in the 2014 TV movie "SnakeHead Swamp."
Ted McGinley played Clay Fallmont, a senator's son who engages in affairs with Amanda, Sammy Jo and Leslie Carrington. McGinley appeared in 34 episodes in 1986 and 1987.
McGinley was already well known for appearing in the movie "Revenge of the Nerds" and on "Happy Days" and "Love Boat" when he began his "Dynasty" role. He went on to play the role of Jefferson D'Arcy on "Married… with Children" from 1991 to 1997. He also had recurring roles on the TV shows "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" and was a regular on "Hope & Faith" from 2003 to 2006. Most recently he's had cameos on TV shows such as "The Mentalist," "Mad Men" and "Castle" and appeared in the Christian-themed movies "Redeemed" and "Do You Believe?"
Stephanie Beacham played Sable Colby, the ex-wife of Colby Enterprises magnate Jason Colby (played by Charlton Heston in the short-lived spinoff "The Colbys" and a few "Dynasty" episodes) and the cousin of Alexis. Sable was introduced in a sixth-season episode of "Dynasty" in November 1985 and the next week was a regular on "The Colbys" when it premiered. Her character was so popular on "The Colbys" that when it ended after two seasons, she was written into the final season of "Dynasty," becoming a formidable opponent for Alexis.
Immediately after "Dynasty," Beacham went on to play the title role in the 1989-90 sitcom "Sister Kate." She's also had recurring roles on "SeaQuest DSV" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the British series "Bad Girls" and "Coronation Street." Over the past few years she has continued to land guest roles on British TV series, including "Material Girl," "Casualty," "Mount Pleasant," "Trollied" (pictured in 2012) and "Boomers."
Tracy Scoggins played Monica Colby, the daughter of Sable and the first cousin of Jeff Colby. Like Sable, Monica was also a character on "The Colbys" and followed her mother to Denver during the final season of "Dynasty," serving has her legal counsel.
Scoggins has since landed high-profile recurring roles on several TV series, including playing Cat Grant on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and Capt. Elizabeth Lochley on the final season of "Babylon 5." More recently, she's had roles on TV series such as "Nip/Tuck," "NCIS" and "Castle."
Ray Abruzzo played Sgt. John Zorelli, a cop who becomes involved with Fallon during the series' final season.
After his 20-episode stint on "Dynasty," Abruzzo has gone on to recurring roles on "Night Court," "The Practice," "The Sopranos," "In Plain Sight" and "Mad Men." Some of his most recent roles include minor parts in the TV series "Transparent," "Hot in Cleveland," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Ray Donovan," and in the 2013 movie "Last Vegas."
Billy Campbell (right) played Luke Fuller, Claudia's husband and Steven Carrington's lover, appearing in 20 episodes during the show's fifth season in 1984-85. The character was mortally wounded at the end of the season when he was shot in the head saving Claudia's life during the so-called "Moldavian Massacre," in which terrorists attacked the wedding of Amanda Carrington and Prince Michael of Moldavia.
Campbell, for whom "Dynasty" was his first prominent role, went on to play the lead role in the 1991 retro sci-fi fantasy film "The Rocketeer" and then played a vampire hunter in 1992's "Bram Stoker's Dracula." His most prominent role came in 1999 playing Rick Sammler in the TV series "Once and Again," which he played until 2002. He also was a regular on the sci-fi series "The 4400" and had a recurring role on "The O.C." and the short-lived 2010 revival of "Melrose Place." His most recent roles came in the AMC drama "The Killing" and the SyFy series "Helix" and playing Abraham Lincoln in a National Geographic television adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book "Killing Lincoln."
Kate O'Mara appeared in 19 episodes during the sixth season in 1986, playing Cassandra "Caress" Morrell, Alexis' manipulative sister who came to Denver after being rescued from a South American prison.
O'Mara went on to have recurring roles in the British TV series "Doctor Who" and "Howard's Way" right after appearing on "Dynasty." She appeared in several other British TV series over the course of her life before dying at the age of 74 on March 30, 2014.
Ken Howard appeared in 13 episodes during the sixth season as attorney Garrett Boydston and also played the character on "The Colbys." He was already well known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in the 1972 movie musical "1776" and basketball coach Ken Reeves in the TV series "White Shadow." Howard, who was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009 and elected to a second term in September 2011, has had a long career that has included roles on "Murder, She Wrote," "Melrose Place," "Crossing Jordan" and "Cane" as well as appearances in movies such as "Oscar," "Clear and Present Danger," "The Net," "At First Sight," "Michael Clayton," "Rambo" and "J. Edgar." One of his most recent roles came from 2011 to 2013, when he played Hank Hooper, Alec Baldwin's character's boss, in the sitcom "30 Rock" (pictured, right).
The show also employed several well-known actors in smaller roles, including George Hamilton, who played Joel Abrigore, a film director who plots with Sammy Jo to arrange the kidnapping of Krystle. Hamilton appeared in 16 episodes during the first part of the show's sixth season in 1995-86.
Ali MacGraw, seen here in 2013 and best known for the 1970s movies "Love Story," "The Getaway" and "Convoy," appeared in 13 episodes in 1985 playing Lady Ashley Mitchell. Her character was also killed off in the "Moldavian Massacre" at the end of the fifth season.
Rock Hudson played Daniel Reece, a wealthy stables owner who becomes involved with Krystle, appearing in nine episodes during the show's fifth season in 1984-85. It was later revealed that Sammy Jo, Heather Locklear's character, was actually Reece's daughter. Hudson, who had been diagnosed with HIV in June 1984, had to be written out of the show because of his progressing ill health and his character died off-screen. Hudson kept his diagnosis a secret until his publicist confirmed it in July 1985. He died in his sleep from AIDS-related complications at his home in Beverly Hills in October 1985.
Billy Dee Williams, a 1970s leading man in movies such as "Mahogany" and "Lady Sings the Blues," was fresh off playing Lando Calrissian in "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" when he joined "Dynasty" for five episodes in 1984-85 playing Brady Lloyd, a music producer and husband to Dominique Deveraux.
Richard Hatch played Dean Caldwell, an art gallery owner who took an interest in Claudia Carrington over the course of a handful of episodes in 1984-85. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" television series, and also as Tom Zarek in the 2004-09 remake of "Battlestar Galactica."
Brian Dennehy played District Attorney Jake Dunham in five episodes during the first season of "Dynasty." A year later he had his breakthrough role opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1982's "First Blood." Dennehy went on to appear in movies such as "Silverado," "Cocoon," "Legal Eagles" and "F/X" throughout the 1980s. Some of his more recent credits include a part in Terrence Malick's next film, "The King of Cups," and a recurring role on TNT's 1960s police drama "Public Morals," which ran for one season in 2015.
Charlton Heston was one of the well-known stars cast for the "Dynasty" spinoff "The Colbys," playing Colby Enterprises magnate Jason Colby. He also made appearances as the character in three 1985 episodes of "Dynasty." Heston retired from acting in 2003 and died of complications of pneumonia at age 84 on April 5, 2008.
Barbara Stanwyck (center) was another big movie star ("The Lady Eve," "Double Indemnity") cast in "The Colbys," playing Constance Colby Patterson, Jason Colby's strong-willed sister. Like Heston, she also appeared in three 1985 episodes of "Dynasty." Stanwyck, who also won Emmys for the TV series "The Big Valley" and the miniseries "The Thorn Birds," died of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 82 on Jan. 20, 1990.