- Actor revealed in October 2011 that he had a form of throat cancer
- Hagman's 56-year showbiz career started in off-Broadway show
- In 1965 he landed TV part in I Dream of Jeannie, which ran for five years
- He starred in Dallas from 1978 until 1991, reprising his role earlier this year
- Hagman is survived by wife Maj, who he married in 1952, and two children
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This is the last known picture of Dallas star Larry Hagman who passed yesterday at the age of 81 after decades of ill-health.
Fittingly, the actor who became world famous for his portrayal of dark hearted oil baron J.R. Ewing in the glossy soap was photographed last week in Dallas at a charity benefit.
Smiling and looking well for his 81-years, Hagman was wearing his ten-gallon hat while he posed with former co-star Sheree Wilson, who played April Stevens in the seminal 1980s television show.
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Legend: Dallas star Larry Hagman, pictured (left) in the iconic show with Linda Gray in 1978 and (right) on November 15, has died at the age of 81 after complications with cancer. He was famed for playing J.R. Ewing
Family man: Hagman is survived by his wife Maj, their daughter Heidi and son Preston. They are pictured in 1982
Rest in peace: Hagman had spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Dallas with his nearest and dearest
The actor, who was famed for playing J.R. Ewing on the hit show, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer.
He is survived by wife Maj, who he married in 1952. In 2008, Maj was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
Hagman returned to Dallas to reprise his role as cunning villain J.R. in the show's reboot, which started airing in June of this year.
'Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,' the star's family said in a 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.'
Surrounded by loved ones: Hagman had family and friends, including Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen in Dallas, by his side when he died
Close cast: Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, seen with Hagman (right) in August, were by his hospital bedside when he died
'Unrestrained personality': Hagman next to a camera in 1978 on the set of Dallas
His co-star Linda Gray, who played his on-screen wife Sue Ellen Ewing, was at his bedside when he died at 4.20pm, her agent Jeffrey Lane has stated.
A tearful Gray said: ‘He was my best friend for 35 years. He was the pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented. I will miss him enormously.’
Mr Lane added that Patrick Duffy, who played his brother Bobby, was also at Hagman's bedside at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
'They had been friends for 35 years and they had worked together for many years, so obviously it is devastating,' Mr Lane told The Sun.
Doing what he loved: Hagman, seen with Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Brenda Strong, who plays his new wife Ann Ewing in the new version of the show
Revamped cast: (Left to right) Jordana Brewster, who plays the cook's daughter Elena Ramos, Josh Henderson, who is J.R.'s son John Ross, Gray, Hagman, Duffy, Strong, Jesse Metcalfe, who plays Christopher Ewing, and Julie Gonzalo, his fiance
Making mischief: J.R. was a central character on the show and always causing trouble
Hagman announced in October 2011 that he had a 'treatable' form of throat cancer and would receive treatment while filming the Dallas reboot.
At the time the star said: 'As J.R. I could get away with anything - bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer.
'I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love.'
The late actor added: 'Besides, as we all know, you can't keep J.R. down!'
Relishing his role: Hagman, pictured in May, was delighted to be reprising his role as J.R. and announced he would be having treatment for throat cancer while working
Talented: Hagman was also famed for playing Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie from 1965 to 1970. Here he is alongside Barbara Eden, who played Jeannie
Together again: Hagman laughing away with Duffy and Gray on the red carpet at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival opening night gala in Hollywood in April
Patrick Duffy, left, Linda Gray, center, and Larry Hagman present the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
Hagman was last seen in public on November 15, when he attended the White Bridle Society's Da Vinci, Wine and Roses benefit at held at the Lisa Blue Baron Mansion in Dallas.
He always refused to let his wife's illness get him down and said: 'She's not very well. But those were the cards we were dealt, so we'll play with them. More than half a century of happy years is a lot to draw on.'
The couple have two children: Heidi Kristina, born in 1958, and Preston, born in 1962.
Man and wife: Larry's wife Maj, who he married in 1954, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2008. She is seen with him in 2005
Loved by many: Several celbrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actor. Leading the messages was Hagman's Dallas co-star Ken Kercheval
I DREAM OF JEANNIE CO-STAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'UNRESTRAINED' LARRY
Speaking on her Facebook page, Barbara Eden, one of Hagman's earliest co-stars, shared her memories of her time working with Hagman on the 1960s series I Dream of Jeannie.
'I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed,' she said. 'I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold.
'From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever.
'He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times,' Eden wrote. 'Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman.
'Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn't fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again "Larry" in all his Big Texas bravado.'
A joint statement by Warner Bros and Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin said: 'Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history.
'He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time.'
Meanwhile, TNT said in a statement: 'All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman's passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor.
'We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.'
Hagman's Dallas co-star Ken Kercheval, who played Cliff Barnes, led the Twitter tributes to the late actor. He tweeted: 'A friend and long time partner... the other half...RIP Larry Hagman.... your spirit will live long.
William Shatner also paid tribute with the words: 'My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman. My best, Bill.'
Piers Morgan reached out and posted: 'Very sad to hear that Larry Hagman has died. His J.R. Ewing character was the greatest TV villain of them all. Wonderful actor. #RIP.'
The comedian Chris Addison said: 'Larry Hagman dead? We've fallen for that one before. But just in case, RIPJR.'
Sharon Osbourne said: 'So sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman. Sending love and respect to his family.'
And Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, 35, added: 'Fond memories of watching Dallas with my mam. Goodnight Larry and thank you. #legend.'
Hagman was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 21, 1931.
Tragic loss: Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing, sadly passed away on November 23 from complications of throat cancer while filming episode five of 15 in the second season
Playing it down: Hagman announced he had throat cancer last year but claimed it was a 'treatable' and 'common' form
Great chemistry: Sue Ellen and J.R were undoubtedly two of the public's favourite characters in the show
Heartthrob: A young Hagman can be seen in 1964, shortly before he found fame on I Dream of Jeannie..
He was drafted into the United States Air Force during the Korean War in 1952 and began his acting career by starring in the off-Broadway play Once Around the Block in 1956.
Hagman made his Broadway debut in 1958 in Comes a Day, dabbling in television at the same time.
His first big role came in 1965 in I Dream of Jeannie, in which he starred as Anthony Nelson opposite Barbara Eden until 1970.
But Hagman became a household name thanks to his iconic role in Dallas, which he kicked off in 1978 and starred in until 1991, reprising the role earlier this year.
(Left to right) Actors Josh Henderson, Larry Hagman, President of Turner Entertainment Networks Steve Koonin, and President of Warner Bros Television and Warner Horizon Peter Roth attend the gala premiere screening of the new Dallas
Hagman jokes with Prince Charles at the UK premiere of Primary Colors
Classic: In a scene from Dallas, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman, foreground) is wounded by a sniper and receives aid from Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy)
Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) trys to keep her illegal adoption a secret from J.R. (Larry Hagman) in another scene from Dallas
Screen legend: Hagman with his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's in London in 1980
Star of the screen: Hagman with Harvey Keitel and Bill Cosby in Mother Juggs and Speed
This 1967 photo shows Barbara Eden, left, and Larry Hagman in a scene from the television show I Dream of Jeannie
Versatile body of work: Hagman in 1976's The Eagle Has Landed. The late star was drafted into the United States Air Force in 1952
The Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where Hagman died following complications with cancer
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Hagman refused to film any new episodes without a new contract and failed to show up on set for a week, after which he secured $100,000 per episode and royalties from J.R. merchandise.Did Larry Hagman died while filming Dallas? ›
Larry Hagman, who died Friday at age 81 from cancer complications, was in Dallas filming Season 2 of TNT's Dallas. He had completed shooting a number of episodes — believed to be six — before his death, and will appear in the 15-episode Season 2 of the series, slated to premiere January 28.Is Larry Hagman still living? › Why was new Dallas Cancelled? ›
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In Larry Hagman's final episode of the 2012 sequel, Dallas, which aired on March 4, 2013, J.R. was shot again, this time fatally. In the 2013 season 2 finale it was revealed that J.R. asked Steve "Bum" Jones to shoot him so his "masterpiece" could play out, framing Cliff Barnes for his murder.Is Maj Axelsson still alive? › When did Larry Hagman get liver transplant? ›
In July 1995, Hagman needed a liver transplant after years of heavy drinking — up to five bottles of champagne a day — that led to cirrhosis. Undergoing a 16-hour transplant operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he spent seven weeks at the hospital convalescing.Why was JR killed off on Dallas? ›
The shooting of J.R. wasn't “Dallas'”only notorious plot twist. In September 1986, fans learned that the entire previous season, in which main character Bobby Ewing had died, was merely a dream of Pam's. The show's writers had killed the Bobby character off because Duffy had decided to leave the show.Where is Larry Hagman buried at? ›
It is the iconic backdrop to one of the world's best-loved TV shows, with its walls privy to affairs, machinations and murder. So what more fitting tribute for Dallas legend Larry Hagman than to have his ashes scattered at Southfork Ranch, home to his villainous alter-ego J.R. Ewing and his family.Was Larry Hagman like J.R. Ewing? ›
In real life, Larry Hagman was a lot like his most famous television character, J.R. Ewing. "He was flirtatious, with a younger than reality attitude," Belcamp resident Mary Pohlig said. "It was interesting to see; he was similar to characters he played."How tall is Larry Hagman? › What kind of hat did J.R. Ewing wear? ›
(CBS, 1978-1991) This is a screen-worn Larry Hagman "J. R. Ewing" light gray, suede leather Stetson cowboy hat from Dallas. The prime-time soap opera was one of the most popular of all time, with estimates of more than 300 million viewers of its notorious season-ending cliffhangers.Was Larry Hagman in the military? ›
In 1952, during the Korean War, Hagman enlisted in the United States Air Force. Stationed in London, he spent the majority of his military service entertaining U.S. troops in the United Kingdom and at bases in Europe.Is there a real Southfork Ranch? ›
Southfork Ranch is a premier special events venue and meeting destination in the Dallas Metro Area. With 63,000 square feet of event space, each year we host hundreds of events including weddings, reunions, holiday parties, corporate meetings, concerts, company picnics and more.Will Dallas ever return to TV? ›
Southfork is closed for business. TNT has canceled its reboot of the classic series “Dallas” after three seasons, a TNT spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday.
Update: TNT has cancelled Dallas after three seasons.Does J.R. ever get Ewing Oil back? ›
In the 1996 TV movie Dallas: J.R. Returns, Cliff Barnes sold Ewing Oil to Bobby and Sue Ellen. In the 1998 TV movie Dallas: War Of The Ewings, J.R. managed to wrangle his way back into Ewing Oil to become partners with Bobby and Sue Ellen.Who does Bobby marry after Pam? ›
By 2012, Bobby has remarried again, this time to a woman named Ann Smith, and is the owner of Southfork Ranch, according to the terms of Miss Ellie Ewing's will (in season 14 (ep.Who ends up with Ewing Oil? ›
“Check and Mate” brings J.R. and Bobby's contest for control of Ewing Oil to a satisfying but somewhat silly conclusion. In the final scene, the brothers learn J.R. boosted the company's profits by $40 million, making him the clear-cut winner.How many wives did JR Ewing have? ›
J.R. had two wives and three children during the show's run. His eldest son, James Richard Beaumont (Sasha Mitchell), was by an off-screen affair with Vanessa Beaumont (Gayle Hunnicutt) which occurred in the 1960s but was only brought to knowledge in 1989.Who does Bobby sell Ewing Oil to? ›
LeeAnn De La Vega sells Ewing Oil to Michelle Stevens. Michelle then fires J.R., Phyllis and Sly. Bobby enlists the help of Liz Adams to find Hillary Taylor.Does Jenna Wade have Bobby's baby? ›
In 1987, Jenna gave birth to Bobby's son, Lucas, named after her father. Jenna later married Ray, who adopted Lucas and raised him with Jenna despite Bobby being the father.Why was April killed off Dallas? ›
Wilson decided to leave Dallas—the show—mid-way through the final season when she was expecting her first child. "I was pregnant with my first child and asked to be killed off in grand fashion," she told The Spectrum. "My final scene was filmed in slow motion and quite a dramatic way to end my April Stevens character."Who killed Julie Dallas? ›
Julie was tragically killed by a fall from her apartment building, after being cornered by Willie Joe Garr and Jeb Ames, who knew she was going to give the Ewing Red File to Cliff Barnes.Who killed Kristin Shepard on Dallas? ›
She had overdosed on drugs and, in her stupor, fell and hit her head and went over the balcony railing, landing in the pool. After Kristin's death, her son Christopher is adopted by Bobby and Pam Ewing. It was later revealed by Bobby that Kristin actually miscarried J.R.'s baby.
In July 1995, Hagman needed a liver transplant after years of heavy drinking — up to five bottles of champagne a day — that led to cirrhosis. Undergoing a 16-hour transplant operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he spent seven weeks at the hospital convalescing.Where was Larry Hagman buried? ›
It is the iconic backdrop to one of the world's best-loved TV shows, with its walls privy to affairs, machinations and murder. So what more fitting tribute for Dallas legend Larry Hagman than to have his ashes scattered at Southfork Ranch, home to his villainous alter-ego J.R. Ewing and his family.Did Larry Hagman have any children? ›
Larry HagmanWas Larry Hagman married? › Is Maj Axelsson still alive? › Who shot JR Ewing in the TV series Dallas? ›
The plot twist inspired widespread media coverage and left America wondering “Who shot J.R.?” for the next eight months. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.'s wife's sister-in-law and his former mistress, as the culprit.How tall is Larry Hagman? › How much is Southfork ranch worth? ›
The show makes the Ewing's home seem as if it takes up about a third of the state, but how big is Southfork Ranch? The property, now worth approximately $6 million, covers over 300 acres.Who owns Southfork Ranch? ›
In June of 1992, Rex Maughan, a successful Arizona businessman with extensive company operations in Texas, purchased the ranch. Maughan was a client of Southfork's, hosting events several times a year for business associates from around the world. Since Maughan's purchase, business has continued to grow.How old is Larry Hagman? › Is JR Ewing still alive? ›
Updated at 7:30 a.m. ET: Actor Larry Hagman — who became a global icon playing the cunning J.R. Ewing in the television series "Dallas" — died on Friday at the age of 81, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.Was Larry Hagman in the military? ›
In 1952, during the Korean War, Hagman enlisted in the United States Air Force. Stationed in London, he spent the majority of his military service entertaining U.S. troops in the United Kingdom and at bases in Europe.Did they drink real alcohol on Dallas? ›
Hagman also recounted his experience with drinking onset. He mentioned in an interview that he would drink five bottles of champagne a day while filming. The actor took small gulps during the 12 hours of shooting. Despite all the alcohol the two drank, it did not impact the show much.Who raised Larry Hagman? ›
Benjamin Hagman and Martin were married for five years; Larry Hagman was raised by his maternal grandmother during Martin's ascent to stardom and later lived with his mother. He appeared in the London run of South Pacific, in which she starred. Mr.Was Larry Hagman born in Texas? ›
Hagman was born in Fort Worth, Texas. His mother, Mary Martin, later became a Broadway actress and his lawyer father, Benjamin Jack Hagman, was a district attorney. In 1936, when Hagman was five, his parents were divorced.