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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noooo i liked THE SNAKE!!!!RIP, JR DALLAS WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU
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RIP Larry Hagman! I will honor you by watching Dallas!
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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 :(
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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...
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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.
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I liked him better on I dream of Jeannie.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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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.
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RIP a whole TV era goes out with him.
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RIP Larry
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He was great actor. May he rest in peace.
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How does Larry Hagman's death affect Dallas, Season 2 (January 28th, 2013)?

”My buddy does post for Dallas, and he was on the phone all day with everyone. Basically, no one has any f*****g idea what they're going to do. They've already filmed five episodes with him in it, so they're not sure whether to air them or write him out of the season entirely and reshoot everything (which seems ridiculous but apparently they're considering it).”

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R.I.P Major Nelson
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Good actor
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Larry was great as Major Nelson....but what he did with that JR character....was Iconic.
RIP Larry...Thx for the memories.
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I was going to say that I knew *of* him, but didn't watch anything he was in, but I forgot about I Dream of Jeannie. I saw a few of those, and he was good in that. I got him mixed up with the guys from Bewitched, as in, I thought those guys did both.

I heard that he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread over a giant MJ field, so people could smoke 'a little bit of Larry' once the crops came in. I only *think* that's true. I don't smoke, but I'd smoke him. RIP mang.
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The director of Beware! the Blob is dead?
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He will always be Tony Nelson to me. Miss you Larry. Rest in peace.
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Ohh, poor Larry.. We all you miss your sexy smile and horrible eyebrows... Seriously, I have a major crush on JR and Major Nelson... up until now! lol... RIP
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A true pop culture icon. RIP
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oh no! not Major Nelson. He will be really missed. RIP
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R.I.P. Major Nelson! 5 seasons of great TV! He will be immortal for that role! Most of us in our 20s-30s outside of U.S. know only of Major Nelson! He was brilliant :)
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To me he'll always be Major Nelson, as I really never watched Dallas until the reboot came along. I was very impressed with him, but as I watched my intuition kept telling me he wasn't going to last long on the show as much as I hoped he might. I wonder now how ill he might have been doing the show, as I never heard anything about it and he looked good on a Tonight Show appearance promoting it with his cast mates. I imagine that if he couldn't continue, they might have written his character off for good. It will be interesting to see what they do now unless they decide they can't or won't continue without him.
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Aw he was the best on I Dream of Jeannie, loved that show.
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I used to watch I Dream of Jeanie when I was young, although that show's little more than a vague memory to me now. I've recently grown more familiar with Larry Hagman through both Dallas series, and think he did a fantastic job on the series. Even in the new series, when he's a lot older, and there was a significant amount of time away from the character, he was easily able to slide right back into character and feel as menacing as he was in the original series. I'm not sure how well the new series will hold up without his presence. They have done a great job developing some interesting characters, such as Ann, Harris, and Vicente, but his absence will leave a hole that the writers could have a hard time trying to fill. But either way, it's sad to hear that he's gone (even if it's not entirely unexpected since he was getting up in years), and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
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He was a great actor. I loved him on I Dream of Jeannie re-runs throughout my childhood. I started watching the Dallas continuation and was very intrigued. He will definitely be missed.
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Thanks to reruns in the '80s, I'll always think of Larry Hagman as Major Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, to which my parents would always point out that he was the son of Peter Pan (Mary Martin). Hagman was quite the character actor, a force on the screen whether the part was big or small, it's always a treat to see him crop up in a rerun of something like The Rockford Files. His presence will be missed.
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