Actor Larry Hagman, notorious and beloved as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies


Dallas was never my cup o' tea, but I did love "I Dream of Jeannie". Mostly 'cause I wanted to live in the bottle.

Larry Hagman, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at a Dallas hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the 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.”

The iconic role of J.R. Ewing metamorphosed 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 transnational fame known only by the likes of the Beatles and Muhammad Ali.

  • I'm not sad that Larry Hagman died.  He overcame Alcoholism, then smoking.  He achieved wild success in his career.  He lived, loved life to the fullest.  And when he went, he went old, peacefully and widely loved.  And he entertained me many times.  So I am not sad to see Larry Hagman die, I"m happy he lived.

  • RIP, Larry.

  • David G

    I'm sorry to see another of the stars of my growing years pass on.  I loved I Dream of Jeannie.  I wasn't a Dallas fan but what a wonderful life.  And to be doing what he loved up to the end.  Good for him.  Sad for all of us now.  "So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen , goodbye."  DG

  • I was hooked on Dallas, until Jim Davis (Jock Ewing) died. The convoluted way they tried to weave a "Jock's dead, or is Jock missing?!" storyline to explain the loss of Davis & his character was a bit thin & sometimes hokey. Never saw much of the new version...

  • disqusux

    I never liked JR but in a recent interview with John Barrowman Mr Hagman proved himself to be a delightful old eccentric.