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Jim Davis (born Marlin Davis, August 26, 1909 – April 26, 1981) was an American actor, best known for his role as Jock Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas, a role which continued until he was too ill from a terminal illness to perform.

He was known as Jim Davis by the time of his first major screen role, which was opposite Bette Davis in the 1948 melodrama Winter Meeting,[3] a lavish failure for which he was lambasted in the press as being too inexperienced to play the part properly. His subsequent film career consisted of mostly B movies, many of them westerns, although he made an impression as a U.S. senator in the Warren Beatty conspiracy thriller The Parallax View.

Davis performed in numerous television series episodes in the 1950s-1970s. After years of relatively low-profile roles, Davis was cast as family patriarch Jock Ewing on Dallas, which debuted in 1978.

During season four, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma but continued to film the show as long as he could. In many scenes as the season progressed he was shown seated, and his voice became softer and more obviously affected by his illness. He wore a hairpiece to cover the hair he'd lost from chemotherapy. A season four storyline regarding the Takapa development and Jock's separation from Miss Ellie was ended abruptly at the end of season four. The writers depicted the couple suddenly leaving to go on an extended second honeymoon when it became obvious that Davis could no longer continue to work. Their departure in a limousine in the episode "New Beginnings" was Davis' only scene in that episode, and his condition was so poor that close watching reveals (based on his unsynchronized lip movement) that he overdubbed his one last line of dialogue. It was his final appearance on the show. He died of complications from his illness while season four was being aired.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jim Davis (born Marlin Davis, August 26, 1909 – April 26, 1981) was an American actor, best known for his role as Jock Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas, a role which continued until he was too ill from a terminal illness to perform.

He was known as Jim Davis by the time of his first major screen role, which was opposite Bette Davis in the 1948 melodrama Winter Meeting,[3] a lavish failure for which he was lambasted in the press as being too inexperienced to play the part properly. His subsequent film career consisted of mostly B movies, many of them westerns, although he made an impression as a U.S. senator in the Warren Beatty conspiracy thriller The Parallax View.

Davis performed in numerous television series episodes in the 1950s-1970s. After years of relatively low-profile roles, Davis was cast as family patriarch Jock Ewing on Dallas, which debuted in 1978.

During season four, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma but continued to film the show as long as he could. In many scenes as the season progressed he was shown seated, and his voice became softer and more obviously affected by his illness. He wore a hairpiece to cover the hair he'd lost from chemotherapy. A season four storyline regarding the Takapa development and Jock's separation from Miss Ellie was ended abruptly at the end of season four. The writers depicted the couple suddenly leaving to go on an extended second honeymoon when it became obvious that Davis could no longer continue to work. Their departure in a limousine in the episode "New Beginnings" was Davis' only scene in that episode, and his condition was so poor that close watching reveals (based on his unsynchronized lip movement) that he overdubbed his one last line of dialogue. It was his final appearance on the show. He died of complications from his illness while season four was being aired.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 122

Birthday 1909-08-26

Day of Death 1981-04-26

Place of Birth Edgerton, Platte County, Missouri, USA

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Also Known As

  • James Davis

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1981 Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige as Mr. Wilkenson
1980 The Day Time Ended as Grant Williams
1978 Dallas (77 episodes) as Jock Ewing
1977 The Choirboys as Drobeck
1977 Just a Little Inconvenience as Dave Erickson
1977 Hunter (1 episode)
1976 The Quest (1 episode)
1976 Law of the Land as Sheriff Pat Lambrose
1975 The Runaway Barge as Capt. Buckshot Bates
1975 Satan’s Triangle as Hal
1974 The Parallax View as George Hammond
1974 The Cowboys (10 episodes)
1974 Inferno in Paradise as Rocky Stratton
1973 Deliver Us from Evil as Dixie
1972 Kung Fu (2 episodes)
1972 Bad Company as Marshal
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (2 episodes)
1972 The Honkers as Sheriff Potter
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 The Trackers as Sheriff Naylor
1971 Big Jake as Head of Lynching Party
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 Monte Walsh as Cal Brennan
1970 Rio Lobo as Rio Lobo Deputy
1969 Five Bloody Graves as Clay Bates
1969 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1 episode)
1969 The Ice House as Jake
1968 They Ran for Their Lives as Vince Ballard
1968 The Road Hustlers as Noah Reedy
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (1 episode)
1967 Fort Utah as Scarecrow
1966 The Time Tunnel (1 episode)
1966 Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter as Marshal MacPhee
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 Zebra in the Kitchen as Adam Carlyle
1965 Branded (3 episodes)
1964 Daniel Boone (3 episodes)
1964 Iron Angel as Sgt. Walsh
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show (1 episode)
1961 The Gambler Wore a Gun as Case Silverthorne
1961 Frontier Uprising as Jim Stockton
1960 The Magnificent Seven as Gunman at Boot Hill
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man (2 episodes)
1960 COronado 9 (1 episode)
1960 Noose for a Gunman as Case Britton
1959 Laramie (2 episodes)
1959 Bonanza (1 episode) as Johnny
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 Yancy Derringer (1 episode)
1958 Lust to Kill as Marshal Matt Gordon
1958 The Donna Reed Show (2 episodes)
1958 Rescue 8 (40 episodes)
1958 Flaming Frontier as Col. Hugh Carver
1958 Wolf Dog as Jim Hughes
1958 The Toughest Gun in Tombstone as Johnny Ringo
1957 26 Men (1 episode)
1957 Raiders of Old California as Captain Angus Clyde McKane
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 The Quiet Gun as Ralph Carpenter
1957 Last Stagecoach West as Bill Cameron
1957 Apache Warrior as Ben Ziegler
1957 Monster from Green Hell as Dr. Quent Brady
1957 The Restless Breed as Ed Newton
1957 The Badge of Marshal Brennan as Jeff Harlan
1957 Duel at Apache Wells as Dean Cannary
1957 Guns Don't Argue as Police Captain Stewart / Narrator
1956 Frontier Gambler as Tony Burton
1956 The Maverick Queen as The Stranger
1956 Blonde Bait as Nick Randall
1956 The Wild Dakotas as Aaron Baring
1956 The Bottom of the Bottle as George Cady
1955 The Vanishing American as Glendon
1955 Last of the Desperados as Chief Deputy John Poe
1955 Gunsmoke (12 episodes)
1955 The Last Command as Ben Evans
1955 Timberjack as Poole
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Hell's Outpost as Sam Horne
1954 Outlaw's Daughter as Marshal Dan Porter
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 The Outcast as Major Linton Cosgrave
1954 The Big Chase as Brad Bellows
1954 Jubilee Trail as Silky
1954 Stories of the Century (39 episodes)
1953 Woman They Almost Lynched as Cole Younger
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1953 Rose of Cimarron as Willie Whitewater
1952 Ride the Man Down as Red Courteen
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 The Big Sky as Streak
1952 Gang Busters (1 episode)
1952 Three Desperate Men as Fred Denton
1952 Dangerous Assignment (5 episodes)
1952 Woman of the North Country as Steve Powell
1951 The Sea Hornet as Tony Sullivan
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Silver Canyon as Wade McQuarrie
1951 Little Big Horn as Cpl. Doan Moylan
1951 Cavalry Scout as Lt. Spaulding
1951 Oh, Susanna as Ira Jordan
1950 California Passage as Lincoln 'Linc' Corey
1950 The Showdown as Cochran
1950 The Cariboo Trail as Miller
1950 Hi-Jacked as Joe Harper
1950 The Savage Horde as Lt. Mike Baker
1949 Brimstone as Nick Courteen
1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby as Joe Tascarelli
1949 Hellfire as Gyp Stoner
1949 Red Stallion In The Rockies as Dave Ryder
1948 Winter Meeting as Slick Novak
1947 The Fabulous Texan as Sam Bass
1947 Merton of the Movies as Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited)
1946 Gallant Bess as Harry
1942 Keep 'Em Sailing as Joseph Cummins
1942 Northwest Rangers as Mountie with Warrant

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