Sad News: Legendary Actor Larry Hagman of television show Dallas Has Passed

November 24, 2012  |

Even if you didn’t watch the show when you were younger (for some, you may not have even been born yet), there’s little chance that you’ve never heard of the primetime, classic soap opera Dallas. On Friday, the iconic show lost one of its legendary actors.

Larry Hagman, best known as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died at the age of 81 years old.  His family released a statement saying that his final moments were very peaceful and he was surrounded by family members. Hagman announced last year that he was battling stage two throat cancer; no word has been given on the cause of death.

Hagman as J.R. Ewing was one of the most loved and most hated villain in the history of television, with Dallas airing from 1978 to 1991.  In fact, the “new” Dallas made its debut on TNT earlier this year and Hagman reprised his original role.  The show is currently filming the second season so they’ll undoubtedly take very good care of incorporating his passing.

In addition to his role on Dallas, Hagman also played Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie, which ran in the 1960s. His costar Barbara Eden released a statement via her Facebook page sending condolences to his family and adding, “Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.”

Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj, their two children and grandchildren.

Rest in Peace, Larry Hagman…we tip our cowboy hats to you.


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  • FromUR2UB

    JR made for good TV. We had a high school football game the night it was going to be revealed who shot him. Everyone was rushing to get home after the game to tune in. Saw Hagman in an interview not too long ago, and he seemed as far from that character as anyone could a real nice guy.

  • NicPal

    This broke my heart I was a true Dallas fan that show will never be forgotten for any 80’s kid. RIP Larry Hagman “only the good die young”!!!

  • Guest

    Loved me some JR. He was just simply the best villain ever thanks to Larry’s ability to bring to life the character of JR Ewing!!! You wanted to laugh and slap his face all at the same time. RIP Mr. Hagman!!!!

  • ANTMilf

    Dang, we’re losing a lot of good, talented people in 2012. I loved him on Dallas (old and new) and I Dream of Jeannie. RIP JR.