Actor Larry Hagman Dead At 81

Actor Larry Hagman Dead At 81

Dallas : TX : USA | Nov 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM PST
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Larry Talks About JR

J.R. Ewing has finally been silenced. Larry Hagman, who portrayed one of television's all-time greatest villains has died in a Dallas hospital at the age of 81. Complications from throat cancer has been given as the cause of death. Larry rose to fame in the 1960's when he played Barbara Eden's love interest in I Dream Of Jeannie. He played Major Anthony Nelson while Barbara played Jeannie who just happened to be a real genie. The series ran from 1965-70. In 1978 he hit it big with the role of a lifetime. The series was a primetime soap opera called Dallas and revolved around the oil rich Ewing family. Larry played JR Ewing who was fairly unscrupulous in his business dealings as well as in affairs of the heart. In the last episode of the second season, JR was shot. The episode ended without anyone knowing if JR survived or died and who the shooter was. Hagman later said that he was offered $250,000 to surrender the info to a tabloid and he refused. The "Who Shot J.R." episode which opened the third season became one of the most watched shows in television history. Needless to say, JR survived and the show ran from 1978-91. Larry reprised the role in a 1996 television movie called Dallas: JR Returns and again in 1998 in Dallas: War of the Ewings.

Larry began having health problems in 1995 when he was diagnosed with cirhossis of the liver after many years of heavy drinking. He underwent a successful liver transplant. In 1967 Jack Nicholson introduced Larry to marijuana because he thought his friend was drinking too much...trouble is that didn't stop him from drinking. At about the same time David Crosby of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young turned him on to LSD. Larry certainly had his wild side but it did not interfere with his work. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune he said: "I have an apartment in New York, a ranch in Santa Fe, a castle in Ojai outside of LA, a beach house in Malibu and I'm thinking of buying a place in Santa Monica."

In October 2011 Larry was diagnosed with throat cancer. It didn't stop him from once again playing JR when the TNT network began an updated version of Dallas. It gave him the opportunity to once again work with Linda Grey (his Dallas wife) and Patrick Duffy (his brother Bobby Ewing).

In an interview with the New York Times Larry told a columnist: "I want to be spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvested in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200-300 people. People would eat a little of Larry."

RIP Larry Hagman

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