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Jim Davis (1915-1981)
Jim Davis

The Imposter, May 13, 1961 Written by John Meston Story by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Vaughn Paul, Guest Cast: Jim Davis, Virginia Gregg, Paul Langton, Garry Walberg

The Raid (Part One), January 22, 1966 Written by Clyde Ware, Directed by Vincent McEveety, Guest Cast: Gary Lockwood, Richard Jaekel, Jeremy Slate, Michael Conrad, John Anderson, John Kellogg, Jim Davis, Preston Pierce

The Raid (Part Two), January 29, 1966 Written by Clyde Ware, Directed by Vincent McEveety, Guest Cast: Gary Lockwood, Richard Jaekel, Jeremy Slate, Michael Conrad, John Anderson, John Kellogg, Jim Davis, Preston Pierce

Treasure Of John Walking Fox, April 16, 1966 Written by Clyde Ware, Story by Gwen Bagby, Directed by Marc Daniels, Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy, Richard Webb, Lloyd Gough, Jim Davis, Ted Gehring, Tom McCauley

The Mission, October 8, 1966 Written by Richard Carr, Directed by Mark Rydell, Guest Cast: Bob Random, Robert F. Simon, Warren Oates, Steve Ihnat, Jim Davis, Arch Johnson, Robert Tafur, Rafael Campos, Reuben Moreno, Bert Madrid, Mike Abelar

The Gunrunners [or Buffalo Man], February 5, 1968 Written by Hal Sitowitz, Directed by Irving Moorc, Guest Cast: Michael Constantine, Dan Ferrone, Jim Davis, John McLiam, James Griffith, Dick Peabody, X Brands, Lane Bradford

Zavala, October 7, 1968 Written by Paul Savage, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Manuel Padilia, Jr, Miriam Colon, Jim Davis, Jose Chavez, Ricardo Alaniz, Rex Holman, Jonathan Lippe, Robert Sorreils, Larry D. Mann, Warren Vanders, Nacho Galindo, Elizabeth Germaine, Bobby E.Clark

Railroad, November 25, 1968 Written by Arthur Rowe, Directed by Marvin Chomsky; Guest Cast: Jim Davis, Shug Fisher, Ramon Bieri, Buck Holland, Don Hanmer, James McCallion, Roy Jenson, Don Hacmer

McCabe, November 30, 1970 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Dan Kemp, Mitch Vogel, Jim Davis, David Brian, Jon Lormer, Robert Sorrells, Tani Phelps, Mills Watson, Lew Brown, Marie Cheatham, Tom Sutton

Murdock, February 8, 1971 Written by Jack Miller, Directed by Robert Totten, Guest Cast: Jack Elam, Anthony Caruso, Jim Davis, Bob Random

Shadler, January 15, 1973 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Arnold Laven, Guest Cast: Earl Holliman, Diana Hyland, Denver Pyle, Linda Watkins, John Davis Chandler, Alex Sharp

Jesse, February 19, 1973 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Brock Peters Jim Davis, Regis J. Cordic, Don Stroud, Leonard Stone, Robert Pine, Ted Gehring, Lloyd Nelson, Norman Bartold

The Town Tamers, January 28, 1974 Written by Paul Savage, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Jim Davis, Jean Allison, lke Eisenmann, Leo Gordon, Rex Holman, Kay Kuter, Sean McClory, Dan McGowan, James Jeter

One of the most recognizable cowboy actors by his face and especially his voice, he was a staple in westerns from the 1940s to the 1980s. Tall, burly and rugged looking with a weather-beaten, but handsome, face and intense, leering eyes it was his raspy, flat voice that was his identity. He was born Marlin Davis in Edgerton, Missouri on August 26, 1915 and grew up in the Midwest. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and worked various odd jobs after leaving college. He worked as a tent rigger for a circus, attesting to his rugged image, and later as a salesman for an oil company which brought him to California and Hollywood in the 1930s. It wasn't long before he was "discovered" and offered jobs and auditions and even though he was offered a contract by MGM and appeared in a short as an FBI agent, he joined the Coast Guard for a term of duty. Later he returned to films and found his niche in westerns and as a tough guy. It wasn't until the late 1970s and 1980s where he truly enjoyed fame as a star working in the TV series "Dallas." His film credits include: "Tennessee Johnson" (1942) with Van Heflin, as Reporter, his film debut; "Cairo" (1942) as Sergeant; "Salute to the Marines" (1943) as Saunders; "What Next, Corporal Hargrove?" (1945) as Sgt. Hill; "Gallant Bess" (1946) as Harry; "Merton of the Movies" (1947) uncredited as Assistant Director; "The Fabulous Texan" (1947) as Sam Bass; "Yes Sir That's My Baby" (1949) as Joe Tascarelli; "Hellfire" (1949) as Gyp Stoner; "Brimstone" (1949) as Mick Courteen; "The Savage Horde" (1950) as Lt. Mike Baker; "Silver Canyon" (1951) as Wade McQuarrie; "Little Big Horn" (1951) as Corp. Doan Moylan; "The Big Sky" (1952) with Kirk Douglas, as Streak; "The Outcast" (1954) as Maj. Cosgrave; "Hell's Outpost" (1954) as Sam Horne; "The Last Command" (1955) as Ben Evans; "Monster from Green Hell" (1957) as Dr. Quent Brady; "Duel at Apache Wells" (1957) as Dean Cannary; "Alias Jesse James" (1959) with Bob Hope, as Frank James, a fun role of his; "Iron Angel" (1964) as Sgt. Walsh; "Zebra in the Kitchen" (1965) as Adam Carlyle; "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter" (1966) as Marshal MacPhee; "El Dorado" (1967) as Jim Purvis; "Rio Lobo" (1970) with John Wayne, as Riley; "Monte Walsh" (1970) with Lee Marvin, as Cal Brennan; "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" (1971) as Sgt. Martin; "Big Jake" (1971) as Head of Lynching Party; "The Parallax View" (1974) as Sen. Hammond, perhaps his best role and one of my favorites; "The Choirboys" (1977) as Drobeck, another fine role of his; "Comes a Horseman" (1978) as Julie Blocker and "The Day Time Ended" (1980) as Grant, his final theatrical film. On TV he was a regular on: "Stories of the Century" (1954) as Matt Clark; "Rescue 8" (1958-59) as Wes Cameron; "The Cowboys" (1974) as Marshal Bill Winter and "Dallas" (1978-81) as John Ross 'Jock' Ewing. He also appeared in TV movies including: "Hondo and the Apaches" (1967); "The Trackers" (1971); "Deliver Us from Evil" (1973); "Killing Stone" (1978) and "Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" (1981). He guest starred on numerous TV series including: "Cowboy G-Men"; "Yancey Derringer"; "26 Men"; "Wagon Train"; "Gunsmoke"; "Bonanza"; "Perry Mason"; "Rawhide"; "Branded"; "The Time Tunnel"; "Kung Fu"; "The Virginian"; "The F.B.I." and "Cannon." He died of complications of surgery for a gastric ulcer on April 26, 1981 in Northridge, California at the age of 65.

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