Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jim Davis who played Jock Ewing on the TV show Dallas

Marlin Davis was born in 1909 in Missouri.  He took the stage name Jim Davis and appeared in his first uncredited role in "Cairo" in 1942.  He had many other uncredited roles until 1945 when he played Sgt. Hill in "What Next, corporal Hargrove?".  He then became busy through 1945-46 starring in films such as "Gallant Bess", "The Fabulous Texan", "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", and "The Beginning or the End". 


Jim Davis as "Jock Ewing" in the TV show "Dallas"
Jim Davis (Jock Ewing) with Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Larry Hagman (J. R. Ewing) from the TV show "Dallas"

He got his big break when he starred with Bette Davis in "Winter Meeting" in 1948.  He starred in many westerns average in 4 films a year such as "Red Stallion in the Rockies", "The Savage Horde", "The Cariboo Trail", and "California Passage" in 1949 through 1950.  He recorded six films in 1951 including "Three Desperate Men", "Oh! Susanna", "Little Big Horn", "Silver Canyon", and "The Sea Hornet".  In 1952 came a whopping seven appearances in films, TV movies, and shows including "Rose of Cimmaron", "Gang Busters" (TV show), "Dangerous Assignment" (TV series), "The Big Sky", and "Ride the Man Down". 

Jim Davis - The early years
Jim Davis in the movie "Big Jake"

He continued acting through the 1950s averaging 7 appearances a year including "Cowboy G-Men" (TV series), "Jubilee Trail", "The outcast", "Fireside Theatre" (10 TV episodes), "Stories of the Century" (TV show which won the first Emmy for a western), "The Last Command", "The Last of the Desparados", "The Quiet Gun", "The Millionaire" (TV show), "Apache Warrior", and "A Lust to Kill".  He starred mostly in TV shows in the 1960s which included "Rescue 8", "The Tall Man", "Manhunt", "Outlaws", "Gunslinger", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Lassie", "The Donna Reed Show", "Laramie", "Wagon Train","Perry Mason", "Laredo", "Rawhide", "Branded", "Hondo", "Cimarron Strip", "Bonanza"
starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker; "Death Valley Days" co-starring Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Don Haggerty, and Ronald Reagan; and he appeared on the show "Daniel Boone".  He continued the western theme into the 70s with "The High Chaparral" (TV show), "Rio Lobo", "The Virginian" (TV show), "Big Jake", "The Cowboys", and "Gunsmoke".  However, he started to break out of the western genre and into series such as "The F.B.I.", "Kung Fu", "Banacek", "Police Story", and "Project U.F.O".  


Jim Davis in the film "Rio Lobo"

Then came his starring role in "Dallas" 1978 along with Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly, and Barbara Bel Geddes who played his wife "Miss Ellie". He starred in 77 episodes through 1981. In 1980, Jim was diagnosed with brain cancer and continued to appear on the show even while under going treatment.  He was occasionally written out of the script when he could not appear.  Jock would be on business trips to overseas oil fields on occasion.  In April of 1981, Jim succumbed to his disease and passed away both off and on the screen as Jock Ewing.  He will be sorely missed, however his legacy will live on through 4 decades of films and TV appearances.



Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie Ewing) and Jim Davis (Jock Ewing)  from the TV show "Dallas"

The cast of the TV show Dallas.  Front: Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie), Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing).  Back: Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Patrick Duffy(Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (Pam Barnes Ewing), Jim Davis (Jock Ewing), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing)



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