Milestones: May 11, 1981

DIED. Jim Davis, 67, gruff, rangy character actor who played Jock Ewing, the oil-baron patriarch on TV's top-rated Dallas; after surgery for a perforated ulcer: in Los Angeles, Calif. Davis, who worked as a circus tent rigger and construction laborer before catching on as a western type in Hollywood in the 1940s, was not in Dallas' final episode of the current season, which aired last week. There are no plans to recast Jock Ewing, who will be written out of the show before shooting for the new season begins this month.

DIED. Clifford Battles, 70, National Football League Hall of Famer...

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