Steve Kanaly

Steven Francis Kanaly (/kəˈnl/; born March 14, 1946) is an American actor, best known for his role as Ray Krebbs on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas.

Steve Kanaly
Steven Francis Kanaly

(1946-03-14) March 14, 1946 (age 75)
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Brent Power (1975–present)

Early life and career

Kanaly was born in Burbank, California and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He attended California State University, Northridge.[1] 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).[2]

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.[3] In 2013, Kanaly reprised the role of Ray Krebbs to attend the funeral of J. R. Ewing.[4]

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.

Personal life

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.[5] He and his wife live on a ranch in Ojai, California. He is a highly regarded watercolor artist.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1983 Balboa Sam Cole
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
1992 Double Trouble Kent
1994 Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings Judge Dixon Direct-to-video
1997 Midnight Blue Collier
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"


  1. "Steve Kanaly Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  2. Profile; accessed January 4, 2017.
  3. "Keck's Exclusives: TNT's Dallas to Serve Up More Lucy and Ray - Today's News: Our Take". 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  4. "Keck's Exclusives First Look: Dallas Lays J.R. to Rest". 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  5. David Massey - Goldlion (1946-03-14). "Official Dallas website Dallas actor Steve Kanaly". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  6. "Official Dallas website Dallas actor Steve Kanaly". 1946-03-14. Retrieved 2013-10-21.