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Short Info

Net Worth2.5 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 28, 1945
DiedApril 26, 1981, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJill Davis
MarkThe role of Jock Ewing on Dallas (1978).
FactHe was the son of Lucian Davis (1878-1954) and Ethyl Offutt Davis (1890-1984). They are buried in Camden Point Cemetery, Camden Point, Platte County, Missouri.

Jim Davis is an American cartoonist, best known for creating the comic strip Garfield. He was born on July 28, 1945, in Marion, Indiana, the son of James William Davis, a telephone lineman, and Anna Catherine (Smith) Davis, a homemaker. He has an older brother, Dave. Davis grew up on a farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He began drawing at an early age and was inspired by the comics in newspapers and magazines. He particularly enjoyed the work of Walt Kelly and Charles Schulz.

Davis attended Indiana Wesleyan University, where he majored in art. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam as a medical illustrator. After his discharge, he returned to Indiana Wesleyan and graduated in 1971.

Davis began his career as a cartoonist working for TMS Entertainment on the animated series “The Real Ghostbusters” and “Scooby-Doo”. He also wrote and drew several comic books for Marvel Comics. In 1978, he created the comic strip Garfield, which features the eponymous orange cat, his owner Jon Arbuckle, and their dog Odie. The strip became successful and was syndicated internationally. Davis has also written several books about Garfield and his friends.

In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Indiana Academy of Fine Arts. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1990 and 1991.

Davis is estimated to have a net worth of $800 million. He lives on a ranch in Texas with his wife, Carolyn, and their two children.

General Info

Net Worth2.5 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 28, 1945
DiedApril 26, 1981, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.87 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Cartoonist, Film producer
EducationBall State University


SpouseJill Davis
ChildrenJames Davis, James Alexander Davis, Christopher Davis, Ashley Davis
ParentsAnna Catherine Davis, James William Davis
SiblingsDavid "Doc" Davis


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program
MoviesWinter Meeting, The Big Sky, Rio Lobo, Raiders of Old California, Big Jake, The Quiet Gun, The Parallax View, El Dorado, The Day Time Ended, The Badge of Marshal Brennan, Noose for a Gunman, Apache Warrior, Alias Jesse James, Monster from Green Hell, Frontier Uprising, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein...
TV ShowsDallas, The Cowboys, Rescue 8, Stories of the Century

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#Marks / Signs
1The role of Jock Ewing on Dallas (1978).
2Deep, gravelly voice.


1He was a heavy smoker for years.
2Didn't have to walk too far, in between scenes, while doing Dallas (1978), prior to suffering his own health problems, but was determined to keep working, until he was unable to. He had to leave the show, when the cast (and himself) knew that he was dying in 1981 (though he almost appeared in every episode of the 1980-81 season).
3For many years, Davis suffered a series of migraine headaches, which led to his terminal brain cancer that eventually claimed his life.
4He was the son of Lucian Davis (1878-1954) and Ethyl Offutt Davis (1890-1984). They are buried in Camden Point Cemetery, Camden Point, Platte County, Missouri.
5His maternal grandparents were Otho Dock Offutt (1831-1912) and Elizabeth Rogers Hughes Offutt (1864-1937).
6His parents owned and operated the Davis Funeral Home in Dearborn, Missouri from 1914 to 1948.
7Survived by his mother, Ethyl O. Davis, who died on January 10, 1984 in Overland Park, Kansas.
8Best remembered by the public for his role as Jock Ewing on the 1980s soap opera Dallas (1978).
9In April 1981 the writers of Dallas (1978) decided not to write his death into the storyline right away. They initially thought about replacing him with another actor, but out of respect decided that only Davis should play Jock Ewing. Jock was kept alive on the show (he was down in South America drilling for oil) until early 1982 when it was learned that he died in a plane crash.
10He was very close to Dallas (1978) co-star Victoria Principal, who bore a strong resemblance to his late daughter, and he had Principal's picture along with his daughter's in his pocket when he was buried.
11Only child Tara Diane (15 January 1953 - 9 February 1970) died in a car crash at age 17.




The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesAnson Beige
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1972TV SeriesPeter Merlino
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesAbe Bennett (segment "The Waiting Room")
The Trackers1971TV MovieSheriff Naylor
Dracula vs. Frankenstein1971Police Sgt. Martin
Big Jake1971Head of Lynching Party
Vanished1971TV MovieCapt. Cooledge
The Virginian1968-1971TV SeriesRoper / McKinley
Rio Lobo1970Riley
Monte Walsh1970Cal Brennan
The High Chaparral1970TV SeriesRobbins
Five Bloody Graves1969Clay Bates
Daniel Boone1966-1969TV SeriesRafe Carson / Scud Tumbrill / Sam Ralston / ...
The Ice House1969Jake
Death Valley Days1953-1969TV SeriesWilliam Lewis Manley / Col. William Butler / The Sheriff / ...
Bonanza1961-1968TV SeriesSam Butler / Johnny / Sam Wolfe
They Ran for Their Lives1968Vince Ballard
The Road Hustlers1968Noah Reedy
The Guns of Will Sonnett1968TV SeriesSheriff Hawks
Border Lust1967
Cimarron Strip1967TV SeriesClo Vardeman
Hondo1967TV SeriesKrantz
Fort Utah1967Scarecrow
El Dorado1967Jim Purvis (Bart Jason's foreman)
The Time Tunnel1966TV SeriesCol. Jim Bowie
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter1966Marshal MacPhee
Branded1965-1966TV SeriesJames Swaney / Wheeler / Malachi Murdock
Rawhide1962-1965TV SeriesSheriff / Sheriff Sam Jason
Laredo1965TV SeriesSheriff Wes Cottrell
Zebra in the Kitchen1965Adam Carlyle
The Lucy Show1965TV SeriesCardenas
Perry Mason1962-1964TV SeriesJoe Farrell / George Tabor
The Littlest Hobo1964TV SeriesDanny Kilgarren
Wagon Train1960-1964TV SeriesRudd Basham / Clyde Hubble / Dan Ryan / ...
Iron Angel1964Sgt. Walsh
Laramie1960-1963TV SeriesJim Genoway / Joe / Ben McKittrick / ...
Alcoa Premiere1963TV SeriesTim
The Donna Reed Show1963TV SeriesRed
Buttons and Her Beaus1962TV Movie
Have Gun - Will Travel1962TV SeriesAl Long
Stoney Burke1962TV SeriesShep Winters
Lassie1962TV SeriesEd Bates
Tales of Wells Fargo1957-1962TV SeriesJonus Sawyer / Sam Horne / Al Porter
Thriller1962TV SeriesThe Marshal
Whispering Smith1961TV SeriesSam Chandler
The Aquanauts1961TV SeriesSam Hogarth
Gunslinger1961TV SeriesJeb Crane
Outlaws1961TV SeriesWilkie Steed
The Gambler Wore a Gun1961Case Silverthorne (as James Davis)
Coronado 91961TV SeriesBarton Kincaid
The Deputy1961TV SeriesTrace Phelan
Frontier Uprising1961Jim Stockton (as James Davis)
Manhunt1961TV SeriesOtto / Catlin
General Electric Theater1954-1960TV SeriesCole Treuitt / Fitz
The Magnificent Seven1960Gunman at Boot Hill (uncredited)
The Tall Man1960TV SeriesBob Orringer
Markham1960TV SeriesNeal Holland
Rescue 81958-1960TV SeriesWes Cameron
Noose for a Gunman1960Case Britton
Yancy Derringer1959TV SeriesBullet Pike
Alias Jesse James1959Frank James
U.S. Marshal1959TV SeriesHarvey Granger
A Lust to Kill1958Marshal Matt Gordon
Flaming Frontier1958Col. Hugh Carver
Wolf Dog1958Jim Hughes
M Squad1958TV SeriesHarry Evans / Mickey Seville
The Toughest Gun in Tombstone1958Johnny Ringo
26 Men1958TV SeriesFather Diego
The Silent Service1957-1958TV SeriesLieut. Ruhe / Comm. Ruhe
Raiders of Old California1957Captain Angus Clyde McKane
The Last Stagecoach West1957Bill Cameron
Apache Warrior1957Ben Ziegler
Monster from Green Hell1957Dr. Quent Brady
The Restless Breed1957Newton
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesSheriff
The Badge of Marshal Brennan1957'Brennan'
The O. Henry Playhouse1957TV Series
The Millionaire1957TV SeriesJim Driskill
Duel at Apache Wells1957Dean Cannary
The Quiet Gun1957Ralph Carpenter
Frontier Gambler1956Tony Burton
The Maverick Queen1956The Stranger
Blonde Bait1956Nick Randall
Women Without Men1956Nick Randall (USA version) (uncredited)
The Wild Dakotas1956Aaron Baring
The Bottom of the Bottle1956George Cady
The Vanishing American1955Glendon
Last of the Desperados1955Chief Deputy John Poe
Cavalcade of America1955TV SeriesJ.L. Armstrong
Cavalier Theatre1955TV SeriesJ.L. Armstrong
The Last Command1955Ben Evans
Stories of the Century1954-1955TV SeriesMatt Clark
Hell's Outpost1954Sam Horne
Fireside Theatre1951-1954TV SeriesWesley Dean / Luther / Col. Streeter / ...
The Outlaw's Daughter1954Marshal Dan Porter
Schlitz Playhouse1954TV Series
The Outcast1954Major Linton Cosgrave
The Big Chase1954Brad Bellows
Jubilee Trail1954Silky
Your Jeweler's Showcase1953TV Series
Cowboy G-Men1952-1953TV SeriesDance, Shafer Henchman / Wilson / Sheriff Jack Wardlow / ...
The President's Lady1953Jason Robards (uncredited)
Woman They Almost Lynched1953Cole Younger
Bandit Island1953ShortBrad Bellows
Ride the Man Down1952Red Courteen
Woman of the North Country1952Steve Powell
The Big Sky1952Streak
The Unexpected1952TV SeriesDetective
Gang Busters1952TV SeriesCapt. Bob Stewart
Rose of Cimarron1952Willie Whitewater
Dangerous Assignment1952TV SeriesGuard / Holcomb / Lt. Makam / ...
The Sea Hornet1951Tony Sullivan
Silver Canyon1951Wade McQuarrie
Little Big Horn1951Cpl. Doan Moylan
Cavalry Scout1951Lieutenant Spauldiing
Oh! Susanna1951Ira Jordan
Three Desperate Men1951Fred Denton
California Passage1950Lincoln 'Linc' Corey
The Showdown1950Cochran
The Cariboo Trail1950Miller
Hi-Jacked1950Joe Harper
The Savage Horde1950Lt. Mike Baker
Brimstone1949Nick Courteen
Yes Sir, That's My Baby1949Joe Tascarelli
Hellfire1949Gyp Stoner
Red Stallion in the Rockies1949Dave Ryder (as James Davis)
Winter Meeting1948Slick Novak (as James Davis)
The Fabulous Texan1947Sam Bass
Merton of the Movies1947Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge1947Badge Dessark
The Beginning or the End1947Pilot at Tinian
Gallant Bess1946Harry
Up Goes Maisie1946Matthews (uncredited)
What Next, Corporal Hargrove?1945Sgt. Hill (as James Davis)
Swing Shift Maisie1943Investigator (uncredited)
Salute to the Marines1943Pvt. Saunders (uncredited)
Pilot #51943Military Policeman (uncredited)
Three Hearts for Julia1943Daily Globe Staff Member (uncredited)
Stand by for Action1942Talker (uncredited)
White Cargo1942Seaplane Pilot (uncredited)
Tennessee Johnson1942Reporter (uncredited)
Keep 'Em Sailing1942ShortJoseph Cummins (as James Davis)
Northwest Rangers1942Mountie with Warrant (uncredited)
Cairo1942Sergeant (uncredited)
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige1981TV MovieMr. Wilkenson
Dallas1978-1981TV SeriesJock Ewing
The Day Time Ended1979Grant
Comes a Horseman1978Julie Blocker
Killing Stone1978TV MovieSen. Barry Tyler
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1972-1978TV SeriesPop Appling / Col. Porter
Trail of Danger1978TV MoviePop Apling
Project U.F.O.1978TV SeriesEarl Clay
The Choirboys1977Drobeck
Just a Little Inconvenience1977TV MovieDave Erickson
Enigma1977TV MovieColonel Valentine
The Legend of Frank Woods1977Deputy
Hunter1977TV SeriesRaymond Spencer
The Oregon Trail1977TV SeriesJ.D. Price
The Quest1976TV SeriesMarshal Pullman
Law of the Land1976TV MovieSheriff Pat Lambrose
The Blue Knight1976TV SeriesDaniels
The Runaway Barge1975TV MovieCapt. Buckshot Bates
Caribe1975TV SeriesDavid Mayfield
Satan's Triangle1975TV MovieHal Bancroft
Inferno in Paradise1974Rocky Stratton
The Parallax View1974George Hammond
The Cowboys1974TV SeriesMarshal Bill Winter
The Streets of San Francisco1973-1974TV SeriesRoy Johnson / Reid Bradshaw
Gunsmoke1966-1974TV SeriesClell Williams / Luke Rumbaugh / Dave Carpenter / ...
Banacek1973TV SeriesEd McKay
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesSheriff Grogan / Joe Walker
Deliver Us from Evil1973TV MovieDixie
One Little Indian1973Trail Boss
Cannon1973TV SeriesHenry Rawdon
Jigsaw1972TV Series
Bad Company1972Marshal
The F.B.I.1971-1972TV SeriesEllis Bengston
The Honkers1972Sheriff Potter


Dallas1982TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


The Mike Douglas Show1979-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
The Hollywood Squares1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryJock Ewing (uncredited)
80s2005TV Series documentaryJock Ewing
Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork2004TV Movie documentaryJock Ewing (uncredited)
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesJock Ewing
After Dallas2002TV MovieJock Ewing
Doing Dallas2000TV SpecialJock Ewing
The Great Indian Wars 1840-18901991DocumentaryCorporal (uncredited)
Dallas1982TV SeriesJock Ewing
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1976TV SeriesTrail Boss
Hondo and the Apaches1967TV MovieKrantz
Guns Don't Argue1957Police Captain Stewart / Narrator


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6290 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesDallas (1978)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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