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EWING, Jock & wife, Eleanor
(Dallas)
c/o Southfork Ranch
Braddock County, TX

Jock is a successful oil man. Eleanor, a.k.a. “Miss Ellie” is a homemaker and daughter of the former owner of the ranch. In Jock's early days (in the 1930s) he joined forces with partner Willard “Digger” Barnes and struck it rich. Now two generations of the Ewing family live comfortably on their sprawling Southfork spread.

Jim Davis as Jock Ewing

The Ewing clan consists of the oldest son John Ross “J. R.” Ewing, a ruthless, backstabbing businessman who is the unfaithful husband to the beautiful Sue Ellen and the father of son John Ross Ewing; Bobby Ewing, the kindhearted younger brother who is husband to wife, Pamela Barnes-Ewing and the father of son, Christopher; Lucy Ewing, Jock's sexy granddaughter; Ray Krebbs, the ranch foreman [later discovered to be Jock's illegitimate son]; and Gary Ewing, the alcoholic middle brother of J.R. and Bobby Ewing who left Texas to live in a cul-de-sac neighborhood of Knots Landing, California with his wife, Valene.

Cast of DALLAS
Jock & Miss Ellie with their loving? family

Friends of the Ewing family included Kristin Shepard, Sue Ellen's young sister who shot J. R. and nearly killed him after she had an unsuccessful affair [Kristin's body was later found floating dead in a pool]; Cliff Barnes, Pamela's lawyer brother whose mission in life was to destroy Ewing Oil and especially the philandering J. R. Ewing [Cliff attempted suicide but recovered]; Katherine Wentworth, Pamela's half-sister who stalked and shot Bobby [he survived] and then apparently killed him with a hit-and run accident as he tried to save Pamela from the oncoming car [Bobby's death was actually the result of a terrible nightmare. One day Pamela woke from her sleep and she discovered her husband Bobby peaceably showering in the bathroom]; Donna Culver [who married Ray Krebbs]; and Leigh McCloskey [who married Lucy Ewing].


Jock & Miss Ellie in happier times

In 1981, Jock Ewing died in a tragic South American plane crash. and Miss Ellie remarried to Clayton Farlow. Meanwhile, Cousin Jamie Ewing got married to Cliff Barnes; James Richard Beaumont appeared on the doorsteps of Southfork as J.R.'s long lost son and Jock's oldest son J.R. Ewing continued his plots to seize control of the Ewing empire.

TRIVIA NOTE: In reality, the custom built 8,500 square-foot, six-bedroom mansion used for the series is located on a 200-acre horse and cattle ranch formerly owned by Joe R. & Natalie Duncan who built what was to be "Southfork" in 1970 from ideas picked up from their many visits to mansion and ranches around the country.

Now a popular tourist attractions, the Southfork Ranch and Conference Center located at 3700 Hogge Road (Central Expressway, to Exit 30 near the suburbs of Plano) in Parker, Texas has been called "The most famous white house west of D.C."

The 1986 TV-movie Dallas: The Early Years set in the Texas oil wildcatting days of the 1930s told the origins of the Barnes-Ewing Feud and showed Southfork in its early days when it was owned by Miss Ellie's father, Aaron Southworth. Southfork resurfaced on the reunion specials Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) as J.R. Ewing returns from exile to reclaim his family's oil company; Dallas: The War of the Ewings (1998), Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork (2004) and the movie remake Dallas (2007).

Born Marlin Davis on August 26, 1909 in Dearborn, Missouri, the 6' 3" actor Jim Davis who played the role of Jock Ewing on DALLAS died from a gastric ulcer on April 26, 1981 in Northridge, California while recovering from an operation.

During the 1984-85 season Barbara Bel Geddes who played Miss Ellie left the show for health reasons (replaced shortly by actress Donna Reed) and then returned for the 1985-86 season and continued on "Dallas" until 1990. She retired from acting and did not appear in either of the two "Dallas" reunion TV movies.

Southfork Ranch
Southfork, Home of the Ewings


DALLAS/CBS/1978-91

Jim Davis as John Ross 'Jock' Ewing
Barbara Bel Geddes as Eleanor Southworth Ewing
Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing
Larry Hagman as John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.
Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs
Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes
Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing
Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing Cooper
Susan Howard as Donna Culver Krebbs
Howard Keel as Clayton Farlow
Priscilla Presley as Jenna Wade
Donna Reed as Eleanor Southworth 'Ellie' Ewing
Dack Rambo as Jack Ewing
Sheree J. Wilson as April Stevens Ewing

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