line: “Go ahead, open them up. Maybe the
glare will blind that
jackass.” While JR watches Cliff Barnes on TV, his
whether or not she should open the drapes. (“Digger’s
Daughter” Episode 1,
line: justifying his most recent scheme to his
ex-wife: “Sue Ellen,
look at it this way - MacKay’s out of your hair
for good, Ray’s got fifty
million dollars of his money, Bobby’s on a long
vacation, and you are
running Ewing Oil. That ain’t bad. It’s just
you and me.” Sue Ellen then
punches him in the mouth. “What I say?” (“War
of the Ewings”, 1998)
History: Married and divorced Sue Ellen Shepherd
1982-1988), and Cally Harper once (1988-1990). Briefly
engaged to Vanessa
Beaumont in 1990.
Southfork Ranch, Braddock Rd, Texas (1942-91,
of Business: Ewing Oil (1960s-1987, 1988-1990);
(1987-88); Ewing & Ewing (1991); West Star Oil (1996
likely to say: “I wouldn’t give you
the dust off my car.”
Ellie to JR: "I gave you up too soon, JR. I should
have held on to you
a little longer."
Mother: Ellie Ewing Farlow
Father: Jock Ewing (deceased 1981)
Step-father: Clayton Farlow
Brothers: Gary, Bobby
Half brother: Ray Krebbs
Sons: James Beaumont, John Ross Ewing III (Cally Harper
Ewing bore JR a
third son, name unknown, in 1991).
Grandson: Jimmy Beaumont
During the 1960s, JR had brief affairs with Lee Ann Nelson,
had an abortion, and Vanessa Beaumont, who later gave
birth to son James.
1967: Met the woman who would later become his wife, Sue
Ellen Shepherd, and
began a ten year affair with Ewing Oil secretary Julie
1971: Married Sue Ellen.
1978: Had a one night stand with bored housewife, Wanda
Frick, and a two
night stand with country & western singer Garnett
1979: After becoming the father of John Ross Ewing III,
he started a year
long affair with Kristin Shepherd, his wife’s sister.
1980: Began employing the services of prostitute Serena
Wald (an arrangement
which continued on and off for the next ten years), and
got shot by Kristin,
before recovering sufficiently to bed shipping magnate
Sally Bullock and
secretary Louella Lee.
1981: Enjoyed brief affairs with Afton Cooper (his niece’s
Leslie Stewart (his public relations adviser). Divorced.
1982: Had a brief fling with oil baroness Marilee Stone.
Remarried his ex
1983: Blackmailed business partner Holly Harwood into
1984: Blackmailed his brother’s ex-sister-in-law
Katherine Wentworth into
performing sexual favours.
1985/6: Fell in love and bedded model Mandy Winger.
1987: Had a brief fling with April Stevens (his cousin’s
ex-wife) and began
a year long affair with Kimberly Cryder (the wife of the
head of West Star
1988: Blackmailed bonsai expert Laurel Ellis into performing
Immediately following his second divorce from Sue Ellen,
JR married Cally
Harper at gun point after being accused of raping her.
1989: Cheated on Cally with Diana Farrington, member of
a Blue Ribbon
committee investigating Ewing Oil.
1990: Had sex with a psychotic mental patient called Anita,
and a brief
fling with Rose Mackay (the wife of the latest head of
West Star Oil).
Divorced by Cally.
1991: After a brief engagement to Vanessa Beaumont, JR
enjoyed one night
stands with Carmen Esperanza (the sister-in-law of Lee
Ann De La
Vega-nee-Nelson) and Sly Lovegren, his secretary of nine
Mid nineties: Began an ongoing affair with attorney Anita
1996: Enjoyed a reconciliation, of sorts, with ex wife
Kristin shot him, Sue Ellen fought him for custody of
their son, Jeremy
Wendell put him out of business - but Cliff Barnes proved
persistent thorn in JR’s side.
Striking oil in South East Asia, making the Ewings billionaires
process. Cleverly escaping bankruptcy by laying the deal
off on the cartel
when the Asian fields were subsequently nationalised.
Engineering a counter
revolution that then toppled the Asian government and
returned the oil wells
to their Texan owners.
Jock’s death. Losing Ewing Oil to West Star. Contemplating
suicide in 1991.