Dallas's Larry Hagman Is Dead at 81

By Jen Trolio

Nov 24, 2012

Dallas icon Larry Hagman has passed away at the age of 81. The actor who was best known for his role as oilman J.R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime soap—which he reprised this year in TNT's "continuation" of the series—died Friday due to complications from cancer.

I grew up in the '80s, and while I never watched the original Dallas, my mom definitely did. It didn't matter that I didn't care about the show; I still knew the theme song and understood why people were talking about "Who shot J.R.?" Though Hagman also appeared on I Dream of Jeannie and, in later years, Nip/Tuck, I'll always think of him as a Ewing, and I'm sure many other TV fans will, too.

Hagman is survived by his wife and two children.

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  • TrueTvWatcher Nov 27, 2012

    RIP Larry Hagman! I will honor you by watching Dallas!

  • SimonCoppenGar Nov 26, 2012

    RIP Larry. Loved him in I Dream of Jeannie, great comic chops, and of course one of the greatest love-to-hate villains of all time as JR in Dallas. Funnily enough I also remember from my childhood seeing him on stage playing a lead role in Oklahoma! in Bristol, UK. He had a great singing voice :)
    What a character, he'll be sorely missed :(

  • vcivi Nov 26, 2012

    R.I.P. JR!!! Loved him in Dallas, he was such a good bad guy.....wonder how this will effect season 2 of Dallas...if they still will air it...

  • skeeter291 Nov 26, 2012

    One of J R Ewing's best quotes "Anything worth having is worth going for- all the way." And Larry Hagman did. Rest in Peace.

  • blackbetty79 Nov 26, 2012

    I liked him better on I dream of Jeannie.

  • GeraldC7 Nov 26, 2012


  • OhioStateHack Nov 26, 2012

    To me he'll always be Major Nelson over JR. But that's cause I wasn't old enough when Dallas was on and I just saw him in Nick At Night on I Dream of Jeannie. It wasn't till Dallas restarted where I saw him as JR. He was a fantastic actor. I hope they do a good send off to him on Dallas.

  • haldrey Nov 25, 2012

    RIP a whole TV era goes out with him.

  • bkyle2429 Nov 25, 2012

    RIP Larry

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