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Jim Davis

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.

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Aug 26, 1909 In Edgerton, Platte County, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Red Hook Summer 2012-08-10
Latest Project:
In the movie Northwest Rangers 1942-10-28
Known For
Poster of Zebra in the Kitchen
Poster of Guns Don't Argue
Poster of Stories of the Century
Poster of Keep 'Em Sailing
Movie Red Hook Summer Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Director
Movie Into the Wild Immigration Officer
Movie Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige Mr. Wilkenson
Movie The Day Time Ended Grant Williams
Movie Satan’s Triangle Hal
Series Dallas Jock Ewing
Movie Trail of Danger Pop Appling
Movie The Choirboys Drobeck
Movie Just a Little Inconvenience Dave Erickson
Series Hunter Unknown
Series The Quest Unknown
Movie Law of the Land Sheriff Pat Lambrose
Movie The Runaway Barge Capt. Buckshot Bates
Movie The Parallax View George Hammond
Series The Cowboys
Movie Inferno in Paradise Rocky Stratton
Movie Deliver Us from Evil Dixie
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown
Movie The Honkers Sheriff Potter
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown
Series Kung Fu Unknown
Movie Bad Company Marshal
Movie The Trackers Sheriff Naylor
Movie Big Jake Head of Lynching Party
Series Night Gallery Unknown
Movie Monte Walsh Cal Brennan
Movie Rio Lobo Rio Lobo Deputy
Movie Five Bloody Graves Clay Bates
Series The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Unknown
Movie The Ice House Jake
Movie They Ran for Their Lives Vince Ballard
Movie The Road Hustlers Noah Reedy
Series The High Chaparral Unknown
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown
Movie Fort Utah Scarecrow
Movie Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter Marshal MacPhee
Movie El Dorado Jim Purvis
Series The Time Tunnel Unknown
Series Laredo Unknown
Movie Zebra in the Kitchen Adam Carlyle
Series Branded Unknown
Series The F.B.I. Unknown
Series Daniel Boone Unknown
Movie Iron Angel Sgt. Walsh
Series The Lucy Show Unknown
Series Stoney Burke Unknown
Movie The Gambler Wore a Gun Case Silverthorne
Movie Frontier Uprising Jim Stockton
Series Coronado 9 Unknown
Movie Noose for a Gunman Case Britton
Movie The Magnificent Seven Gunman at Boot Hill
Series The Tall Man Unknown
Series Outlaws Unknown
Series The Aquanauts Unknown
Series Laramie Unknown
Series Bonanza Johnny
Movie Alias Jesse James Frank James
Series Rawhide Unknown
Movie Flaming Frontier Col. Hugh Carver
Movie The Toughest Gun in Tombstone Johnny Ringo
Movie Wolf Dog Jim Hughes
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown
Series Rescue 8
Movie Lust to Kill Marshal Matt Gordon
Series Yancy Derringer Unknown
Movie Monster from Green Hell Dr. Quent Brady
Movie Guns Don't Argue Police Captain Stewart / Narrator
Movie Duel at Apache Wells Dean Cannary
Movie The Badge of Marshal Brennan Jeff Harlan
Movie The Restless Breed Ed Newton
Series 26 Men Unknown
Movie Apache Warrior Ben Ziegler
Series Perry Mason Unknown
Movie Raiders of Old California Captain Angus Clyde McKane
Movie Last Stagecoach West Bill Cameron
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown
Movie The Quiet Gun Ralph Carpenter
Movie Frontier Gambler Tony Burton
Movie The Maverick Queen The Stranger
Movie Blonde Bait Nick Randall
Movie The Wild Dakotas Aaron Baring
Movie The Bottom of the Bottle George Cady
Movie The Last Command Ben Evans
Series The Millionaire Unknown
Movie Timberjack Poole
Series Gunsmoke Unknown
Movie Last of the Desperados Chief Deputy John Poe
Movie The Vanishing American Glendon
Movie The Outcast Major Linton Cosgrave
Series Stories of the Century Unknown
Movie Jubilee Trail Silky
Movie The Big Chase Brad Bellows
Series Lassie Unknown
Series December Bride Unknown
Movie Outlaw's Daughter Marshal Dan Porter
Movie Hell's Outpost Sam Horne
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Cole Younger
Series General Electric Theater Unknown
Movie Rose of Cimarron Willie Whitewater
Movie Three Desperate Men Fred Denton
Movie Woman of the North Country Steve Powell
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown
Movie The Big Sky Streak
Series Gang Busters Unknown
Movie Ride the Man Down Red Courteen
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown
Movie The Sea Hornet Tony Sullivan
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown
Movie Silver Canyon Wade McQuarrie
Movie Little Big Horn Cpl. Doan Moylan
Movie Cavalry Scout Lt. Spaulding
Movie Oh, Susanna Ira Jordan
Movie Hi-Jacked Joe Harper
Movie The Savage Horde Lt. Mike Baker
Movie The Happiest Days of Your Life Talbot
Movie The Cariboo Trail Miller
Movie The Showdown Cochran
Movie California Passage Lincoln 'Linc' Corey
Movie Brimstone Nick Courteen
Movie Yes Sir, That's My Baby Joe Tascarelli
Movie Hellfire Gyp Stoner
Movie Red Stallion In The Rockies Dave Ryder
Movie Winter Meeting Slick Novak
Movie The Fabulous Texan Sam Bass
Movie Merton of the Movies Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited)
Movie The Romance of Rosy Ridge Badge Dessark
Movie Gallant Bess Harry
Movie Up Goes Maisie Matthews (Uncredited)
Movie Swing Shift Maisie Investigator / Airport Announcer (Uncredited)
Movie Keep 'Em Sailing Joseph Cummins
Movie Northwest Rangers Mountie with Warrant