Barry corbin as Sheriff Washburn on the CBS-TV series "Dallas".
|Sheriff Fenton Washburn|
|Occupation:||Sheriff, Dallas County, 1978-1984 (?)|
|About:||Was on the take, as he was often bribed by the Ewings to overlook some of their business practices, but still would exert his authority on them when any ran afoul of the law|
|Played by:||Barry Corbin|
|Appears on:||Dallas (first series)|
|Episodes appeared in:||9 in Seasons 3-7|
About Sheriff WashburnEdit
Sheriff Washburn could definitely classify as your stereotypical big-bellied Texas sheriff. Although the Ewings had him in their back pocket, Washburn didn’t hesitate to exert his authority when the family ran afoul of the law: He arrested Jock Ewing for the murder of old buddy and early business partner Hutch McKinney, hauled J.R. in for questioning in Kristin Shepard’s death and threatened to arrest Sue Ellen for manslaughter after the car accident that paralyzed Mickey Trotter. He responded slowly when Miss Ellie was kidnapped, which might explain why the next time the Ewings needed the police, there was a new sheriff in town: Sheriff Burnside (Ken Swofford). 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "The Dallas Decoder Guide to Politics, Ewing Style". DallasDecoder.com. August 27, 2012. http://dallasdecoder.com/2012/08/27/dallas-extra-your-guide-to-politics-ewing-style/. Retrieved January 15, 2016.