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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 August 1909Edgerton, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 26 April 1981Northridge, California, USA  (multiple myeloma)
Birth NameMarlin Davis
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys, he looked right at home on a horse didn't hurt, either). He alternated between good-guy and villain roles, one of his better ones being that of the devious, murderous fur trapper working for Kirk Douglas' competition in The Big Sky (1952). He is best known, however, for his role as Ewing family patriarch Jock in the long-running TV series Dallas (1978).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Blanche Hammerer (1945 - 26 April 1981) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep, gravelly voice.
The role of Jock Ewing on Dallas (1978).

Trivia (11)

Only child Tara Diane (15 January 1953 - 9 February 1970) died in a car crash at age 17.
He was very close to Dallas (1978) co-star Victoria Principal, who bore a strong resemblance to his late daughter, and he had Principal's picture along with his daughter's in his pocket when he was buried.
In April 1981 the writers of Dallas (1978) decided not to write his death into the storyline right away. They initially thought about replacing him with another actor, but out of respect decided that only Davis should play Jock Ewing. Jock was kept alive on the show (he was down in South America drilling for oil) until early 1982 when it was learned that he died in a plane crash.
Best remembered by the public for his role as Jock Ewing on the 1980s soap opera Dallas (1978).
Survived by his mother, Ethyl O. Davis, who died on January 10, 1984 in Overland Park, Kansas.
His parents owned and operated the Davis Funeral Home in Dearborn, Missouri from 1914 to 1948.
His maternal grandparents were Otho Dock Offutt (1831-1912) and Elizabeth Rogers Hughes Offutt (1864-1937).
He was the son of Lucian Davis (1878-1954) and Ethyl Offutt Davis (1890-1984). They are buried in Camden Point Cemetery, Camden Point, Platte County, Missouri.
For many years, Davis suffered a series of migraine headaches, which led to his terminal brain cancer that eventually claimed his life.
Didn't have to walk too far, in between scenes, while doing Dallas (1978), prior to suffering his own health problems, but was determined to keep working, until he was unable to. He had to leave the show, when the cast (and himself) knew that he was dying in 1981 (though he almost appeared in every episode of the 1980-81 season).
He was a heavy smoker for years.

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