Dallas's Larry Hagman Is Dead at 81

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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