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.