10 Soap Opera Patriarchs We've Loved and Lost
No. 2: Jock Ewing, Dallas
The bitter feud for control of Southfork that played out on TNT's sexy Dallas reboot last summer has been simmering since the late 70's; even longer off screen! All the fuss was started by one man, wildcatter-turned-oil-kingpin Jock Ewing on the original CBS hit.
Burly Jim Davis, a veteran of big screen Westerns, portrayed the Ewing patriarch from 1978-81. Jock was the only person to ever truly inspire fear in the heart of his son J.R. (Larry Hagman), not to mention the jealously the eldest Ewing offspring felt over Jock's affection for youngest son Bobby (Patrick Duffy).
Davis' death was written into the Dallas storyline in 1982, as Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) and the rest of the Ewings learned Jock had died in a helicopter crash. Today, the battle for Jock and Ellie's empire rages on, with grandsons John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) picking up where J.R. and Bobby left off.
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