Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) when he wed Abby Cunningham (Donna Mills) on the "Knots Landang" TV series.
|Marital status:||Married to Valene Ewing (1961-present, on and off)|
|Spouse(s):||Valene Clements (1961-1983)|
Abby Cunningham (1983-1987)
Valene Clements (1991-)
|Other Relationships:||C. J. Dunne, Cathy Geary, Kate Whittaker|
|Parent(s):||Jock Ewing |
Miss Ellie Ewing
|Sibling(s):|| J.R. Ewing (deceased) |
|Children:||Lucy Ewing (born 1962), Bobby Ewing II, Betsy Ewing, Molly Whittaker|
|Played by:||David Ackroyd (2 episodes, Season 2)|
Ted Shackelford (9 episodes of Dallas, Seasons 3-14 & entire run of Knots Landing)
Joel Allen (in TV movie)
|Appears on:||Dallas (first series) (11 episodes)|
Knots Landing (337 episodes, entire series)
Dallas:The Early Years (TV movie)
Gary Ewing (born Garrison "Gary" Arthur Ewing) is the middle son of Jock Ewing and Miss Ellie Ewing. He is the brother of J.R. Ewing, Bobby Ewing, and the half brother of Ray Krebbs. Ted Shackelford is the best recognized actor who played the part of Gary, as he assumed the role after David Ackroyd originated the role in Season 2 of the original Dallas TV series in the episodes "Reunion: Part I" and "Reunion: Part II". Ted assumed the role in the Season 3 episode of the series, titled "Return Engagement", appearing in 11 episodes of the show, as he had already assumed the role on the Dallas spinoff, Knots Landing, where he appeared in the role for the entire run of the series.
Gary was born in 1943 to Jock and Miss Ellie Ewing. Gary was their second son having been conceived just before Jock went off to Europe to fight in World War II. As Jock was not with Miss Ellie during her pregnancy with Gary, she tended to view him as more hers than Jock's and Gary became her favorite son, while the relationship between Jock and Gary was always distant. His father regarded him to be relatively lazy and useless, but he was always his mother's favorite.
Gary was often considered the black sheep of the family, as he tended to run away from the expectations placed on him as Jock Ewing's son, secretly married a woman from "the wrong side of the tracks" just 3 days after meeting her, before bringing his pregnant wife home to meet his family. He became a teenage father, and an alcoholic due to the pressures that were put on him. Gary was never treated as an equal by his father and older brother J.R., although Gary was very friendly with his younger brother, Bobby.
Gary married Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) in January 1961, when Gary was 17 and Valene was 15. He and Val would divorce and remarry three times.
Valene was soon pregnant, and many months into the pregnancy, Valene pestered Gary to take her to visit his family at the Southfork Ranch. They settled at Southfork, much to J.R.'s annoyance. Unlike J.R., Jock liked Valene, but demanded that Gary face up to all his responsibilities as a husband and father. To help the newlyweds out, Miss Ellie gave Gary a job as ranch foreman. Gary and Valene's daughter, Lucy, was born in the fall of 1961. However, J.R. kept harassing the young couple, and Gary and Valene were soon fighting. Under the pressure, Gary took to heavy drinking, became violent, and eventually walked out on his family. With Gary gone, J.R. then forced Valene out of Southfork. Valene fled to Virginia with baby Lucy, and later to Tennessee, hoping to have her mother, Lilimae Clements, care for her child, but was refused. Valene and Lucy were tracked down by heavies hired by J.R., who ripped Lucy out of Valene's hands and took Lucy back to Southfork, to be raised by her paternal grandparents. When Valene later tried legal action to get Lucy back, J.R. warned Valene that he'd kill her if she returned to the state of Texas.
In 1978, Gary bumped into his brother, Bobby, and Bobby's wife, Pam, in Las Vegas. Bobby persuaded Gary to visit Texas. While Gary was visiting, Lucy, his teenage daughter, surprised him by reintroducing him to Valene. For the sake of his ex-wife and daughter, Gary tried to make things work in Texas, but soon came under the old pressures of living up to Jock's expectations and J.R.'s deviousness. J.R. had set Gary up in an office equipment machinery firm in a hope that Gary would fail as usual. To ensure his new found sobriety, he knew he had to leave Southfork and his family once again. Valene tracked Gary down and they reunited, eventually remarrying. As a wedding present, Gary's mother Miss Ellie bought the couple a house in California. Originally, their daughter Lucy was to join them, but this event did not materialize, and she remained at Southfork.
Gary had one daughter, Lucy Ewing, who wound up living with the rest of the Ewing family and away from her parents during her wild teenager years. He later had twins, Bobby and Betsy Ewing (who were born in the interim period of Gary and Val's marriages). He also has an illegitimate daughter called Molly Whittaker from Kate Whittaker.
Return to Southfork (Dallas TNT series)Edit
Gary returned to Dallas in 2013 to help his brother, Bobby, stop their nephew, John Ross, from drilling for oil on Southfork. Gary informs Bobby that he fell off the wagon again and he and Valene had separated. After his brother, J.R.'s, death, Gary is very conflicted about his feelings toward J.R., but realizes that every step he took in life, forward or backward, was because of J.R. In J.R.'s will, he gives Gary an old bottle of Scotch, clearly taunting him, knowing that Gary is a recovering alcoholic. Later, Sue Ellen calls Valene and she comes to Dallas, where she and Gary reunite.
- ↑ "Knots Landing Character: Gary Ewing". CBS. http://www.knotslanding.net/characterbios/garyb.htm. Retrieved April 29, 2013.