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Larry Hagman, Known Best as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, Dead at 81

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Larry Hagman, best known as the despicable J.R. Ewing on the long running show “Dallas,” has died at age 81.  Dallas News has more…

Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” his family said in a written statement. “Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”

The role of J.R. transformed Mr. Hagman’s life. He rocketed from being a merely well-known TV actor on I Dream of Jeannie and the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin, to the kind of international fame known only by the likes the Beatles and Muhammad Ali.

Mr. Hagman made his home in California with his wife of 59 years, the former Maj Axelsson. Despite obvious physical frailty, he gamely returned to Dallas to film season one and part of season two of TNT’s Dallas reboot.

As noted, Hagman was in poor health after a struggle with cancer.  An official cause of death is unavailable at the time of this writing.

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  • http://alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com/ Always On Watch

    J.R. Ewing — the guy that we loved to hate.

  • http://teresamerica.blogspot.com/ Teresa

    R.I.P. Larry Hagman.

  • http://tchy.co.uk/3 Mr F Foster

    I am so glad that the “Dallas” relaunch gave Larry Hagman this one last hurrah, one more chance to show the TV audience what a great actor he was. The new series may have been focusing on the next generation, but no one commanded the screen like JR Ewing. While we certainly would have forgiven an 80 year old Larry Hagman for not being quite what he used to be, the man still had it. Even at age 80, Hagman made JR every bit as menacing as he ever was.

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