25 Ted Shackelford Quotes on Acting and Life

Theodore Tillman Shackelford III is an American actor who is famous for his TV roles notably as Gary Ewing in “Dallas” and its spin-off “Knots Landing” (1979–1993).

He also played William and Jeffrey Bardwell in “The Young and the Restless” (2006—2015).

Shackelford from Oklahoma City Oklahoma studied at the University of Denver.

He initially acted in “Another World” (1975-1977) followed by appearances in “Wonder Woman” “The Rockford Files” and “Dallas” in 1979 replacing David Ackroyd as Gary Ewing.

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He starred in “Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac” (1997) and several TV movies.

Shackelford’s big-screen debut was in “Sweet Revenge” (1987).

He joined “The Young and the Restless” in 2006 leaving in 2015. In 2013 he briefly returned to “Dallas” on TNT.

I have selected the best quotes by Ted Shackelford in this article.

Ted Shackelford Quotes


Theater to me is acting but it’s more real on film. ~ Ted Shackelford.


Everything I have in life comes from Knots Landing. ~ Ted Shackelford.


I have no interest in writing, directing or producing. ~ Ted Shackelford.


Knots Landing is the best thing that ever happened to me. ~ Ted Shackelford.


And I had a lot to play, which is what you want as an actor. ~ Ted Shackelford.

In January ’77 I went out to LA and have been here 26 years. ~ Ted Shackelford.

Best Ted Shackelford Quotes

My wife is Danish and we go to Denmark a couple of times a year. ~ Ted Shackelford.


It was unpredictable, good storytelling that brought you back each week. ~ Ted Shackelford.

The decision as to why a show makes it has to do with politics and money. ~ Ted Shackelford.

If I could work with Joan Van Ark every day for the rest of my life I would. ~ Ted Shackelford.

But no, I’m still living in LA and haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. ~ Ted Shackelford.


I act for the reality, for the moment, and most of all I do it for the process. ~ Ted Shackelford.

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Thirty years ago dinner theatre used to be much more of a going concern than it is now. ~ Ted Shackelford.


One of the things I was so glad that happened to me on Knots was that I learned to relax. ~ Ted Shackelford.

I have German Shepherds that I train and have brought back to Germany. I love going there. ~ Ted Shackelford.

I really wasn’t on the Dallas set much. I did three or four episodes so I didn’t see too much. ~ Ted Shackelford.


The thing with being on a series that runs that long is that the writers run out of things to do. ~ Ted Shackelford.

Television is so dictated by time constraints that you have to make quick decisions and go with them. ~ Ted Shackelford.

Popular Ted Shackelford Quotes

On daytime they continue to revisit a lot of the same stuff while nighttime does move on and show development. ~ Ted Shackelford.

The reason that people say one line at junkets is that they’ve heard the same question 37 times. You get bored out of your mind. ~ Ted Shackelford.

I remember the actor Dale Robertson said he quit acting when he got tired of having to hold his stomach in. I feel that way sometimes. ~ Ted Shackelford. 


I was in a Paris for four or five days and I couldn’t believe the reaction I got there. It was just bizarre; people recognizing me left and right. ~ Ted Shackelford.

I went to the Westminster College for Men in Missouri, which is what it was called back then, and transferred to the University of Denver where I ultimately got my degree. ~ Ted Shackelford.

I can’t really recall the first time I was noticed by a producer but the first time I was on television was doing Daytime for Another World, which I started in December ’75 and went until December ’76. ~ Ted Shackelford.

What happens if you’re the guy who’s been on the show ten years and is highly paid but they have nothing for you to do is that they bring in other people, and you become a supporting character to those people. ~ Ted Shackelford.

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