Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — A representative for Ken Kercheval says the actor who played Cliff Barnes on the hit TV series “Dallas” has died. Kercheval was 83.

Ken Kercheval aka ‘Cliff Barnes’ (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images)

Agent Jeff Fisher said Kercheval died Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana.

The cause of death was being kept private by family, Fisher said Wednesday.

Kercheval’s character was a punching bag for Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” which aired from 1978 to 1991.

Kercherval also part of a series revival that aired in 2012 to 2014.

He made frequent guest appearances on TV, in series stretching from “The Defenders” in the 1960s to “ER” and “Diagnosis Murder” in the 1990s and 2000s.

Kercheval’s survivors include three children, his agent said.

(L to R) Actors Ken Kercheval, Steve Kanaly, Susan Howard, Charlene Tilton, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Mary Crosby, Patrick Duffy and Sheree J. Wilson of “Dallas.” (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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