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Jock Ewing †
Occupation: Oil tycoon/co-owner of Southfork Ranch (deceased)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Amanda Lewis (1927-1930);
Miss Ellie Ewing (1938-1982)
Other Relationships: Margaret Hunter Krebbs
Parents(s): John R. Ewing
Sibling(s): Jason Ewing
Children: J.R. Ewing
Gary Ewing
Ray Krebbs
Bobby Ewing
Other Relatives: Jamie Ewing(niece)
Jack Ewing(nephew)
Lucy Ewing(granddaughter)
John Ross Ewing III(grandson)
Christopher Ewing(grandson)
Portrayer: Jim Davis
John Ross "Jock" Ewing I was the husband of Miss Ellie Ewing, and father of Ray Krebbs, J.R., Bobby, and Gary Ewing.

BackgroundEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Jock was born in 1909, the younger of two sons. Through his older brother Jason, Jock got a job in an oil field in east Texas.  While riding in a train boxcar he met Willard "Digger" Barnes, and the two became friends. Jock, Digger, and Jason all became wildcatters and began drilling their own fields. Digger had a unique ability to smell oil underground, and with Jock's business skills they began making a fortune.  Jason married and soon left Texas to wildcat in Alaska, where he married a woman named Nancy Shaw and fathered a son Jack (played by Dack Rambo) and a daughter Jamie (played by Jenilee Harrison). Jock and Digger returned to Dallas and Southfork, where Jock met Eleanor "Ellie" Southworth. Digger and Miss Ellie were dating but Digger's drinking and undependability made Miss Ellie see that Digger would never change, and he was not the type of man to marry. Jock and Digger continued with their oil ventures, but when Ewing 6 came in, Jock put the field in his name, to prevent Digger from gambling and drinking his half away. Digger was furious and claimed Jock had stolen the wells for himself, and their friendship ended. 

Marriages and childrenEdit

By now Jock and Miss Ellie were dating. She was desperate to save Southfork, but Jock was reluctant to marry because, unbeknownst to Miss Ellie, he was already married to a woman named Amanda Lewis. Amanda had suffered a mental breakdown shortly after she and Jock were married, and Jock put her in a mental hospital. The doctor told Jock that Amanda would never recover and advised Jock to divorce her. Miss Ellie came to Jock, told him that she was pregnant with J.R., and demanded that he marry her. Jock and Miss Ellie married on the day her family was to lose Southfork, and it was well known that Jock was the only man in Dallas with the money to save the ranch. Jock had a fragile and stormy relationship with Miss Ellie's father, Aaron Southworth, and her brother, Garrison Southworth, who was a close friend of Digger Barnes', because both Aaron and Garrison hated oilmen. On his deathbed, Aaron accepted Jock as part of his family by giving him his favorite gun. Jock and Miss Ellie had three sons together. Jock served in World War II, where he and an old army buddy, Tom Mallory, were shot down in a mission in Holland. They later returned to save the families who sheltered them. During his term in England he had an affair with an Army nurse from Emporia, Kansas, named Margaret Hunter. Jock was shipped off to France, and Margaret returned to the United States. She married her fiancé Amos Krebbs and soon thereafter gave birth to Jock's illegitimate son Ray Krebbs. After the war, Jock returned to Southfork and confessed to Miss Ellie about the affair. She forgave him and they moved on, but one day a 15-year-old Ray Krebbs showed up at Southfork with a note from his mother asking Jock to help Ray. Jock made Ray a hand on Southfork ranch and told Miss Ellie Ray was the son of the woman he had an affair with during the war, but neither knew Jock was Ray's father.  As the years passed, Jock built Ewing Oil into one of the most powerful independent oil companies in Texas and became a very successful rancher. Jock "took over raising" his eldest son J.R., showing him "tough love" and made him one of the most cunning and ruthless oil barons in the oil business. Jock, for the most part, ignored his second son Gary, whom he considered weak, and spoiled his youngest son Bobby.

RetirementEdit

In 1977, Jock retired as president of Ewing Oil. He made J.R. his successor and took a more active role in running Southfork with foreman Ray Krebbs.

DeathEdit

Jock and Ellie briefly separated in 1981 but reconciled and went on a second honeymoon to Paris. Upon returning to the United States, Jock and Miss Ellie arrived in Washington. D.C., where they were met by the U.S. State Department with a request for Jock to go to South America to lead a drilling operation. Ellie returned to Southfork alone, while Jock had conferences in Washington. Later, he returned to Southfork, just for a few hours, to get his gear together before leaving for South America. While flying back from Venezuela to Texas, the helicopter he was in collided with a small plane and landed in a lake. Jock's body was never found, but he was declared dead in the fall of 1982. The storyline involving Jock's death was necessitated by the death of actor Jim Davis. A tribute to Davis was shown at the end of the episode "The Search", and the credits rolled silently in respect. A memorial headstone to Jock stands on Southfork Ranch, beside Miss Ellie's headstone and grave.

ImpostorEdit

In a storyline years later on the show, a man named Wes Parmalee (portrayed by Steve Forrest) came to Dallas, where Clayton and Ray hired him as ranch foreman on Southfork. One day Miss Ellie found Jock's belt buckle, knife, letters, and photo of a young Miss Ellie in Parmalee's room. Parmalee said he had survived the accident, which necessitated plastic surgery and years of rehab in a South American hospital. After passing a series of tests set by J.R. and Bobby, including a polygraph test and knowledge about the Ewing family, including Jock's first wife Amanda and Ray being Jock's son, Parmalee convinced many in Dallas, in addition to Miss Ellie, Ray, and several other members of the Ewing family, that he was Jock. However, Clayton, Bobby and J.R. refused to believe he was Jock. Bobby flew down and talked with the doctor who had treated Jock for a severe fever while he was in South America. Bobby returned to Southfork and revealed the information at a Ewing barbecue, where Jock's best friend Punk Anderson said that while he had the fever, Jock was telling the history of the Ewing family. Meanwhile, Parmalee confessed he wasn't Jock to Miss Ellie. Parmalee said that he had met Jock while working in South America and was on the helicopter with Jock, where he took Jock's things and learned about the Ewings.  He wanted to have such a wonderful family since he had had lost his wife and children years ago. Parmalee apologized for the pain he'd caused and left Dallas for good.

LegacyEdit

After Jim Davis' death, artist Ro Kim painted a portrait of the actor in his role as Jock Ewing. The portrait became a focal point of the Dallas set and was featured in a number of episodes. The painting now hangs in the home of Larry Hagman, who played protagonist J.R. Ewing. The Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, where Dallas exteriors were shot, features a different Jock Ewing portrait as a focal point of its "Jock's Living Room". Jock drove a 1977 Lincoln Mark V with the license plate EWING 1, which is still on the grounds of Southfork, parked in one of the gift shops.

Dallas (2012 TV series)Edit

Although dead,  Jock's legacy continues to carry on within the Ewing family as he is mentioned several times by J.R. and Bobby .  He is currently buried on Southfork Ranch, along with Miss Ellie and J.R.  To make up for lost time, J.R. offers to teach John Ross everything Jock taught him about the oil business.  He even tells him the "truest" thing he ever told him.  "Nobody gives you power, real power is something you take,"

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