Born Occupation Actor Years active 1972–present Spouse(s) Brent Power (1975–present) Children 2
Kanaly was born in Burbank, California and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He attended California State University, Northridge. Kanaly served in the Vietnam War as a radio operator with the First Air Cavalry Division. He provided details of his experiences in the service to Apocalypse Now screenwriter John Milius for scenes in the film involving the character of Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall). He once described how he entered film acting-
"It was through John Milius as I mentioned earlier and he wrote a film for himself to direct but that was bought out by Paul Newman's company who hired John Huston to direct The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. Through Milius I was introduced to John Huston and Milius suggested that I would be fine to play one of the Western roles in that film, specifically I had never done any acting previous to that. They saw me and I had a meeting and was offered the job , basically I jumped in with both feet and one week turned out to be twelve and you know I said "I think I'm going to stay with this".
Kanaly is best known for his role as Ray Krebbs, foreman of the Southfork Ranch, on the prime-time soap opera Dallas from 1978 to 1989. He reprised the role for the final episode of the series in 1991, and again for the made-for-TV reunion movie Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998). He reprised the role again in the 2012 TNT revival attending his nephew Christopher's wedding. In 2013, Kanaly reprised the role of Ray Krebbs to attend the funeral of J. R. Ewing.
During Dallas' run, he also guested in other series, including Time Express in 1979. From 1994 to 1995, he also had a role on the ABC daytime drama series All My Children as Seabone Hunkle, the father of Dixie Cooney Martin (played by Cady McClain). Kanaly has also guest starred on numerous other television series. In film, he collaborated frequently with writer-director John Milius, appearing in, among others, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion and Big Wednesday. Milius befriended Kanaly when they attended the same shooting range in California, and turned him to acting by recommending him to John Huston for Roy Bean. Other film roles include The Terminal Man, My Name Is Nobody and Midway. He starred as J.T. Fuller in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.
Kanaly recorded a radio public service announcement for CARE in 1981, and he and former Dallas costar Susan Howard were featured in 1992 NRA advertisements promoting responsible firearms ownership. He and his wife live on a ranch in Ojai, California. He is a highly regarded watercolor artist.
|1972||The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean||Lucky Jim|
|1973||Dillinger||Pretty Boy Floyd|
|1973||My Name Is Nobody||False Barber|
|1974||The Sugarland Express||Officer Ernie Jessup|
|1974||The Terminal Man||Edmonds|
|1974||Act of Vengeance||Tom|
|1975||The Wind and the Lion||Captain Jerome|
|1976||Midway||Lt. Cmdr. Lance E. "Lem" Massey|
|1978||Big Wednesday||Sally's Husband|
|1984||Fleshburn||Dr. Sam MacKenzie|
|1988||Headhunter||Captain Ted Calvin|
|1989||Last Stand at Lang Mei||Major Verdun|
|1991||Trabbi Goes to Hollywood||Mr. Goodwyn||Alternate title: Driving Me Crazy|
|1994||Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings||Judge Dixon||Direct-to-video|
|1997||The Marksmen||Hank Madden||Also director|
|1998||Scorpio One||Commander Wilson|
|2002||Leaving the Land||Sheriff Butler||Also director|
|2005||Lost in Plainview||Detective #1|
|1973||Chase||Jock||Episode: "Sizzling Stones"|
|1974||Melvin Purvis: G-Man||Sam Cowley||Television movie|
|1976||Starsky & Hutch||Kim||Episode: "Silence"|
|1976||The Bionic Woman||Tanner||Episode: "Assault on the Princess"|
|1976||Amelia Earhart||Gordon||Television miniseries|
|1976||The Quest||Turk||Episode: "Day of Outrage"|
|1977||Police Story||Bob Zieff||Episode: "Trial Board"|
|1977||The November Plan||Parker||Television movie|
|1977||Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy||Ray Pierce||Television movie|
|1978||Hawaii Five-O||Glen Fallon||Episode: "The Sleeper"|
|1978–1989, 1991||Dallas||Ray Krebbs||Series regular, 286 episodes|
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Prime Time (1984, 1985, 1988)
TV Land Pop Culture Award (2006)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Prime Time (1986, 1989)
|1979||Time Express||Michael Bennett||Episode: "The Death/Boxer"|
|1979||Charlie's Angels||Harold Sims||Episode: "Avenging Angel"|
|1980||To Find My Son||Arthur Gwen||Television movie|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Ken||Episode: "The Beautiful Skeptic/The Lost Platoon"|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Allen Daly||Episode: "Revenge of the Forgotten/Charo"|
|1980–1983||The Love Boat||Bill Davis / Mr. Massey||3 episodes|
|1984||Hotel||Ed Kerwin||Episode: "Mistaken Identities"|
|1985||Hotel||Zack Shepherd||Episode: "Love and Honor"|
|1989||The Twilight Zone||Scout||Episode: "Stranger in Possum Meadows"|
|1992||FBI: The Untold Stories||Agt. Bob Kane||Episode: "Colonel Penn"|
|1993||In the Heat of the Night||Cowboy Habersham||Episode: "Incident at Brewer's Pond"|
|1993–1994||Okavango: The Wild Frontier||J.D. Helms||Series regular, 14 episodes|
|1994||The Last Chance Detectives: Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa||Sheriff Smitty||Television movie|
|1994–1995||All My Children||Seabone Hunkle||Series regular|
|1995||The Last Chance Detectives: Legend of the Desert Bigfoot||Sheriff Smitty||Television movie|
|1996||The Last Chance Detectives: Escape from Fire Lake||Sheriff Smitty||Television movie|
|1998||Dallas: War of the Ewings||Ray Krebbs||Television movie|
|1998||The Cowboy and the Movie Star||Frank Dumas||Television movie|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||J.T. Fuller||Episode: "Widow Maker"|
|2004||The Division||Duke Winingham||Episode: "Rush to the Door"|
|2004||Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork||Himself / Ray Krebbs||Television special|
|2012–2014||Dallas||Ray Krebbs||4 episodes|
|2014||DeVanity||Charles Kane||Episode: "Death Becomes Him: Part 2"|
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