"Dallas" Star Larry Hagman Dies At 81
Posted by Katherine Noland on Nov 25, 2012 - 10:36:53 AM
TX—Larry Hagman, star of hit T.V. series “ Dallas”, died Friday afternoon at
the age of 81, from complications of liver cancer at a hospital in Dallas.
Larry Hagman, of "Dallas" Fame Photo courtesy of Facebook.
has received world fame for his role as J.R. Ewing, a corrupt oilman in the
1978 show “Dallas” that ran for 14 years and with plans of reinventing itself
on TNT this year. In 1980, the show became a major hit when viewers had to
guess who shot Hagman’s character J.R., where it was later revealed in the
episode named “Who Done It” that it was the sister of J.R’s wife in the show.
To this day, it remains one of the most watched episodes in television history.
was born to Broadway actress Mary Martin and to Ben Hagman, a lawyer and grew
up in Fort Worth, Texas during the midst of the Great Depression. He was a
stage actor for many years, and gained stardom from a leading role in the film
“I Dream of Jeanie.” In 1995, Hagman was diagnosed with liver cancer after
years of heavy drinking and battling with alcoholism.
actor’s death has ignited a mournful outcry across social media, where a number
of stars have expressed their feelings about the loss of an icon. Simon Cowell
tweeted, “Very sad to hear about Larry Hagman. He was the best TV baddie and
from people who met him all said he was a great guy. He will be missed.” Katie
Couric also noted on his passing, and uploaded a photo to Instagram of the two
of them together.
family stated on his website, “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting
the iconic role he loved most. 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." On
Saturday morning, The Today Show commemorated Hagman’s story on NBC.
an interview for Showbiz 411 just months before his passing, Hagman and his
co-star Linda Gray were asked if they were nervous about starting the show back
up on TNT. They responded by saying that they were not nervous, just very
excited. Hagman jokingly responded by saying, “I’m 80 years-old and it’s a job
(laughs). It’s more than a job. It really is. We were on for 13 years and we
influenced a lot of people and children’s’ idea of what it is like to grow up
and we’ve ruined a whole generation. So we hope to ruin a couple of more
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