Jim McMullan, Actor in ‘Dallas,’ ‘Downhill Racer’ and ‘Shenandoah,’ Dies at 82

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Jim McMullan, who portrayed one of Jimmy Stewart’s six sons in Shenandoah and a top ski racer in the Robert Redford-starring Downhill Racer, has died. He was 82.

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McMullan died May 31 of complications from ALS at his home in Wofford Heights, California, his wife of 49 years, Helene McMullan confirmed.

 

McMullan and Dirk Benedict starred as police helicopter pilots on 1974’s Chopper One, an ABC drama that was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, and he toplined the 1980 CBS series Beyond Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton movie. Both shows, however, were quickly canceled.

 

Dallas fans will recognize him as Texas Sen. Andrew Dowling, who had an affair with political lobbyist Donna Culver Krebbs (Susan Howard) during the CBS series’ 10th season (1986-87).

 

McMullan also was a regular guest star on shows from Quinn Martin Productions, including The F.B.I.12 O’Clock HighBarnaby JonesCannon and The Streets of San Francisco, and he played Brent Davis on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless in the ’80s.

 

McMullan portrayed John Anderson in Andrew V. McLaglen’s Shenandoah (1965) — the other sons of Stewart’s farmer in the Civil War-era picture were played by Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Charles Robinson, Tim McIntire and Phillip Alford — and he stood out as American skier Johnny Creech in Downhill Racer (1969), which marked the directorial debut of Michael Ritchie.

 

 

After graduating in 1961 with an architecture degree and waiting to see if he would be accepted in the Peace Corps, McMullan was introduced to playwright and screenwriter William Inge, and that led to a screen test at MGM for Ride the High Country (1962), directed by Sam Peckinpah.

 

He didn’t get a role in that film, but Universal saw his test and signed him to a seven-year contract, and he appeared on such TV shows as Wagon TrainThe VirginianAlfred Hitchcock Presents and Ben Casey and as Buffalo Bill Cody opposite Brian Keith and Robert Culp in The Raiders (1963), his movie debut.

 

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons Tysun, a film editor and photographer, and Sky and Sky’s wife, Julie.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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