"DALLAS" STAR LARRY HAGMAN (J.R. EWING) DIES

Nov 24, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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Actor Larry Hagman started out as a nice guy in “I Dream of Jeannie” but it was evil that made him famous as J.R. Ewing, a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption in “Dallas.”

Hagman died yesterday at the age of 81.

His family says in a statement Hagman that passed away in a Dallas hospital where he’d been battling cancer.

Hagman had returned as J.R. in this year’s new edition of “Dallas” on TNT.

Linda Gray, his on-screen wife and later ex-wife in the original series and the sequel, says Hagman “brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented.”

Victoria Principal, who co-starred in the original series, recalled Hagman as “bigger than life, on-screen and off.” She calls Hagman “unforgettable, and irreplaceable.”

Jeannie star Barbara Eden says Hagman was more than a great actor and television icon. She calls him “an element of pure Americana.”

Hagman was the son of longtime Broadway star Mary Martin.

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