Since we now know that Pam Ewing will not be coming back any time soon (unless she ‘returns from the dead’) I thought I’d have a look back at some of the other characters who have died on Dallas over the years…
The first ever deaths were Al and Will, Bobby Ewing’s kidnappers from episode 13 of season 1 (2 on dvd). After handing Bobby back over for a ransom fee, JR and Ray were hidden in the nearby brush with rifles. A gun battle ensued and Al was shot first, followed shortly after by Will.
The next character to ‘bite the dust’ as it were, was Garrison Southworth, Miss Ellie’s brother. Arriving back at Southfork nearly 40 years after being presumed dead, Garrison and Miss Ellie were reunited and Miss Ellie offered to turn ownership of Southfork over to him. He had bad news though, he was dying and only came back to the ranch to spend what little time he had left. Miss Ellie and Garrison took a last walk around the ranch and Garrison was buried under a tree on Southfork that same year (1979).
Death number 3 was former Ewing Oil secretary, mistress of JR and friend to Jock, Julie Grey. Julie knew a lot of information about the Ewings and was willing to share it with Cliff, but she wound up dead when she fell from the roof of her apartment building after being chased by cartel thugs, Jeb Aames and Willie Joe Garr.
The next Dallas death was elderly politician Sam Culver, the first husband of Donna Culver Krebbs (Mrs Ray Krebbs no. 1). Having enjoyed a succesful career, including being governor of Texas, Sam was married to Donna who was 30 years his junior. Though the age gap was causing problems and Donna was very attracted to Ray she wouldn’t leave Sam. He died in early 1980 of cancer.
Lifelong drunkard Digger Barnes was the next to go. Digger suffered from a hereditary medical condition but died of alcohol poisoning in 1980. But, in true Dallas fashion, Digger dropped a bombshell prior to his death-he was not Pam’s biological father.
Cartel member Seth Stone was the next to die, he committed suicide after a business deal with JR went awry, leaving the way open for his widow Marilee to take his place among the other members.
Wealthy and successful businessman Herbert Wentworth was the second husband of Katherine Wentworth, Pam’s mother, making him Pam and Cliff’s step-father (though they never even got to meet him) and Katherine’s father. He died suddenly and his death enabled Rebecca to have a relationship with Pam and Cliff once again and bring her family back together.
Kristin Shepard is best known for being the person who shot JR at the end of Dallas 1.0’s 2nd season (3rd on dvd) and for being Christopher Ewing’s biological mother. After fleeing Dallas for a few months to avoid prosecution in the shooting, she returned and went to Southfork, got high on pcp and took a dive off the Southfork balcony and drowned in the pool. Her body was discovered by Cliff Barnes.
Ewing family patriarch Jock died in 1982. After 2 marriages, 4 sons, 1 affair and a hell of a lot of business deals Jock met his end in a swamp in South America when his helicopter crashed while he was on business for the US Government. Though Bobby, JR and Ray all flew down to the area and mounted a frantic search his body was never found and Miss Ellie had him declared legally dead the following year. (The character’s death was necessitated by the sad passing of actor Jim Davis)
No good low life and drug dealer Jeff Farraday was the next to go. He came to town as the husband of Kristin after she had drowned in the Southfork pool. Kristin and Jeff had a baby, and Jeff sold this baby (who later became Christopher Ewing) to Bobby for $25,000. He then left town but returned later and attempted to blackmail Bobby for more money but was murdered by underworld figures and his body was found by Bobby in a seedy hotel room.
Money hungry sleazy loser Amos Krebbs was the step-father of Dallas character Ray (Ray’s real father was Jock Ewing) though he hadn’t seen him for many years. Amos showed up out of the blue in Dallas in 1980 with a diary of his late wife’s which revealed that Jock Ewing was the father of Ray. Jock paid him off and he left Dallas again. In 1982 Ray got a call from his aunt Lil to say that Amos had died. Ray attended the funeral but did not reveal that Jock Ewing was his real father.
Barnes family matriarch Rebecca Wentworth, previously thought dead for many years, was mortally injured in a plane crash after she’d joined the Barnes Ewing feud on the side of Cliff. Racing to the hospital with Bobby, Pam got there just in time to say her goodbyes to the mother she’d had precious little time to get to know and Rebecca died soon after.
Dallas beauracrat Walt Driscoll was yet another victim of JR. When JR double crossed him in a business deal Walt tried to get revenge by killing JR, he drove his car into a vehicle which he thought was being driven by JR but which actually contained Sue Ellen and Mickey Trotter (who was paralysed as a result). Unable to live with the guilt, Driscoll left a note confessing all and committed suicide.
Mickey Trotter was the ‘bad boy’ cousin of Ray Krebbs. Arriving in Dallas with Ray in 1982 and looking for a fresh start, Mickey soon ran into trouble when he was involved in a car accident as he tried to stop a drunk Sue Ellen from driving. Paralysed as a result of the accident, Mickey quickly fell into a depression. Suffering a heart attack while in the hospital he slipped into a coma and his life was ended by Ray who unplugged Mickey’s life support system (because his aunt Lil didn’t have the strength to do it herself) and barricaded the hospital room door to stop doctors from getting in to save Mickey’s life.
Wealthy Mark Graison died in 1983. Engaged to Pam, he discovered from Dr Jerry Kenderson that he had an incurable disease. Realising that was the reason Pam was marrying him he blew up his private jet over the Gulf before the disease took hold. As a final goodbye Mark left Pam a note, spelling out the depth of his love for her.
Renaldo ‘Naldo’ Marchetta was the twice husband of Jenna Wade and father of Charlie Wade. Involved in some rather shady undertakings, he met his maker in 1984 when he was shot by a hired assassin, shortly after forcing Jenna to marry him again.
Veronica Robinson was the person who had Charlie Wade after Naldo kidnapped her. Promising to return charlie for $50,000 Bobby later convinced her to testify at Jenna’s murder trial. However while on the flight bound for Dallas she was killed. At first it was presumed that she’d died of natural causes, but Bobby later proved that she had been murdered.
Dallas 1.0-The Dream Season
Several characters died during the, now infamous, ‘dream’ season of Dallas 1.0 which was screened during the 1985-1986 television season. As the season was a dream however, when it was over they were all still alive…(interestingly though, if it had been real, it would have been Dallas’s most fatal season)
Crazy Katherine Wentworth died when she mowed down Bobby (she had been aiming for Pam) and then drove straight into a truck. She was killed instantly.
Bobby Ewing was run over by a crazed Katherine Wentworth who was trying to kill Pam. Bobby pushed Pam out of the way, but was hit himself and was rushed to hospital where he died shortly after, surrounded by his family. Miss Ellie buried him on Southfork in a spot that had always been special to him.
The next to go in Pam’s dream (talk about bloodthirsty!) was private detective Sam Barker. He had been sent an envelope by his agency partner, Pete Adams, who was being held captive by Dallas villainess (and figment of Pam’s overactive REM cycle) Angelica Nero. When Angelica discovered where the envelope (which contained details of her sinister plot) was headed, she got her henchwoman, Grace, to pose as a secretary in Barker’s office and he was later killed in a car ‘accident’ (courtesy of Grace’s knowledge of auto mechanics).
Grace herself then died at Angelica’s hands when she returned to settle an old score with her former friend (who had turned against Angelica when she fell for Ewing lothario Jack). Grace’s dead body was discovered by Jack and JR.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword (or so the saying goes). Nero henchman, Nickolas, also felt the sharp end of Angelica’s displeasure when she discovered that he had betrayed her. In Angelica’s world there was only one punishment for such a crime…DEATH!
Jamie Ewing was then killed (one of the only Dallas characters to die twice) when she climbed into brother Jack’s sports car not knowing that deadly Angelica (what had Pam been smoking to dream her up anyway?!) had planted a bomb in the car. (She returned to life when Pam woke up only to die again offscreen the following season-see further below).
Sue Ellen was the last casualty of the dream season. Though I’m not sure if the result of the blast would have been her death or not, the explosion looks pretty lethal to me. Sue Ellen was rushing into JR’s office looking for him when a briefcase bomb goes off and showers the street below with glass.
Dallas 1.0 After the Dream
Back to reality, Pam woke up, the above dead are back alive (and one of the alive was back dead). The next ‘real’ death on Dallas was former Ewing oil employee and one-time arsonist Mark Scottfield. Despite an anguished last minute plea by his wife to Bobby Ewing, Mark hung himself in his jail cell. (I thought Karen Carlson gave an excellent performance as his wife).
Mercenary-for-hire BD Calhoun was employed by JR in a crazy scheme to make the price of oil rise. BD later began stalking JR and his life ended following a gun battle with the Ewing brothers.
Jamie Ewing’s second ‘death’ (though admittedly the first time was wishful thinking by Pam) occurred during an, off-screen, hiking accident in Mexico. Apparently her body remained buried under a landslide for a week before it was recovered and subsequently buried (all off-screen sadly).
Sleazy painter David Shulton tried to blackmail Clayton over his friendship with Laurel Ellis and told Miss Ellie lies about it but wound up dead after being suffocated by Laurel’s ex-boyfriend Brett Lomax who wanted him out of the way. Clayton was arrested for the murder but eventually cleared.
Dr Herbert Styles was a Westar Oil executive and father of one of JR’s numerous mistresses who he was using to try and gain control of Westar Oil. He died of a massive heart attack after a rousing speech he made declaring that Westar was safe from JR’s hostile takeover bid.
Perhaps one of the most shocking deaths on Dallas 1.0 was that of Nicholas Pearce. A main squeeze of Sue Ellen’s, it later turned out that Nicholas and his family were in witness protection hiding from the mafia. Nicholas died after falling from the balcony of JR’s penthouse following a tussle.
Next to go, (keeping with chronological order-though the viewer wouldn’t find out about it until 2013), was Dallas favourite Pam Ewing. Pam was badly burned in a car accident in 1987. Fleeing Dallas she surfaced a year later in Houston being cared for by Dr David Gordon. She told Cliff she didn’t want to return to Dallas and that part of her life was over but the truth was she was dying and didn’t want to hurt the people she loved most by having them watch her die. Though she wasn’t seen on Dallas again, it was revealed in Dallas 2.0 season 2 that she died in July 1989 when John Ross and Pamela Barnes-Ewing discovered her death certificate in Cliff’s safety deposit box where apparently it had been since soon after she died & that Cliff had kept it hidden (b*llocks!) She died of pancreatic cancer.
European OPEC businessman Rolf Brundin met his demise at the hands of, supposedly reformed, psychopath Tommy McKay who pushed him infront of a truck believing that he was protecting his father, Carter McKay, from his enemies.
Tommy McKay died when he was accidentally shot with his own gun as he wrestled with his father who was trying to get Tommy to give himself up to the police.
In one of Dallas’s more implausible and bizarre storylines, multiple friends of Clayton were killed off; Curly Morrison (died from drinking poisoned milk), Robert ‘Rabbit’ Hutch (was killed and made it look like he’d hung himself) and identical twins Arlen (was killed and placed in his own fish tank) and Atticus Ward (died by drinking whisky that was poisoned and had been meant for Clayton). It turned out Atticus and Lady Jessica, Clayton’s insane sister, were behind the deaths.
Long time cartel member, Jordan Lee, somehow became tangled up in the whole April kidnap mess which dominated the final season of Dallas. He met his maker by being shot in a phone booth while in Paris by some shady characters. It was a sad end to a good character.
April Stevens Ewing, Mrs Bobby Ewing no. 2, was shot and killed while on her honeymoon with Bobby in Paris. She had been kidnapped and was led to believe she would be returned to Bobby once a ‘speech’ had been made. However this was a lie and a gunfight broke out at the venue where she was supposed to be set free. April was shot dead before Bobby’s eyes (and for some bizarre reason he had her buried in Paris, thousands of miles away from all her family and friends!)
Seedy gangster Johnny Dancer came to Dallas to cause trouble for Liz Adams, Cliff’s then girlfriend. However he bit off more than he could chew and wound up dead. Who killed him was a mystery until Cliff confessed all to Liz (and was so torn up about it that it further highlights how ridiculous the rewrites to his character in Dallas 2.0 are)
Daniel ‘Blackie’ Callahan was an elderly wildcatter living in Oklahoma who teamed up with JR to help him find oil and they hit a gusher. Though his cause of death is unknown, Sly handed JR a note telling him Blackie had died and the funeral arrangements and JR flew to Oklahoma to attend.
Hillary Taylor ‘aka Sheila Foley’ was the last death on Dallas 1.0 and the woman who was responsible for April’s kidnapping and subsequent death. Bobby spent all of the final season searching for her and even had a relationship with her daughter Jory before they came face to face again. He had forgiven her when she was shot and killed by April’s sister, Michelle, seeking revenge for April’s death.
Dallas-between 1.0 & 2.0
According to Dallas 2.0 and the Dallas Facebook page, three characters (so far) died in the years between 1.0 and 2.0 and they are:
Clayton Farlow-the step-father of the Ewing boys and step-grandfather to their children Clayton was a major character (who has now been written out of Dallas 2.0 thanks to the people who seem to not understand how to treat a classic show like Dallas). He died in 1999 of a heart attack and his burial place is unknown.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow-the irreplaceable Ewing matriarch, mother of Bobby, JR and Gary and Grandmother of John Ross, Christopher, James, Lucas, Molly, Lucy, Bobby, Betsy, Cally’s unnamed son & great Grandmother of Little Jimmy died in 2001 (according to the Facebook page and her tombstone) and she is buried on Southfork.
The date is unknown (and it’s possible that she’s still alive, but in the meantime…) Katherine Wentworth supposedly died sometime between her last appearance on Dallas in 1987 and the start of Dallas 2.0 in 2012. Her cause of death, place of death and circumstances of death are all unknown (Please fill us in on the deets Mrs C!)
The first death of the new Dallas was con woman and fraudster Veronica Martinez aka Marta Del Sol. She was mixed up with Venezuelan criminal Vicente Cano and his thugs and they threw her to her death from a window. John Ross was arrested and charged for the crime but the charges were later dropped.
When Tommy Sutter first arrived in Dallas, everyone thought he and Rebecca, Christopher’s new wife, were brother and sister. As it turned out they were involved in a con together and were not related. Tommy was shot and killed by Rebecca (actually Pamela Rebecca Barnes) when he attacked her. His body was buried by Cliff’s henchman, Frank Ashkani, in a shallow grave.
Tommy’s real sister, the real Rebecca Sutter, died next. She was killed at the hands of Frank Ashkani. Christopher had sent Rebecca a text message telling her to get out of Dallas and she was attempting to flee but it was too late. (The manner of her death and place of burial are unknown)
Frank Ashkani killed himself, at the instigation of Cliff and to restore his honour, in front of a courtroom full of people after confessing to the murder of Rebecca Sutter and also taking the rap for the murder of Tommy. He ingested a poisoned pill hidden in his prison uniform.
Vicente Cano got his just desserts after arriving at Southfork and taking most of the Ewing family hostage. He was shot and killed by Drew (pointless character no. 1) as he attempted to flee to a helicopter with Elena (pointless character no. 2) as a hostage.
The biggest death of them all! JR was shot and killed by a mystery assailant in Mexico that was later revealed to be Bum who shot JR (who was suffering from terminal cancer and decided to use it to his advantage) as part of JR’s ‘masterpiece’ to end the Barnes Ewing feud and defeat the Ewing’s enemies once and for all. (though given that Cliff and Harris will more than likely get out of prison in season 3, it isn’t such a masterpiece after all).
Pamela’s unborn twins both died following her being involved in a rig explosion that was the result of a bomb being detonated (on the orders of Cliff-as if!!). Had the babies been born they would have been the first blood tie between the Ewing and the Barnes families.
Roy Vickers was a henchman of Harris and Cliff. He was stabbed and killed in prison on the orders of Cliff (who else) to keep him quiet about what he knew.
Dangerously dull Drew Ramos was murdered by the pesky Mendez Ochoa cartel. He was shot at point blank range in the head (I can’t say I was sorry about the character’s demise, he should never have been brought into Dallas in the first place)
Dallas newbie Hunter McKay, grandson of Ewing adversary Carter, bit off more than he could chew when he went into business with the cartel who killed him to ‘tie up loose ends’
Former call girl and Ewing Global secretary Candace was another person who met her end at the hands of the cartel. In a rather grisly turn of events psychopath Luis presented her severed hands to Judith Ryland in a gift box.