‘Dallas’ Actor Larry Hagman Passes Away at 81

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 12:22 pm,

APTOPIX Larry Hagman Dallas Actor Larry Hagman Passes Away at 81

Larry Hagman, known for his roles as Major Tony Nelson on the 60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie and oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the 80s primetime soap opera Dallas, died of complications from cancer at a Dallas hospital on Friday. He was 81.

According to a family statement, he was surrounded by family and close friends at the time of his passing. His loved ones had joined him in Dallas to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hagman’s most notable role was J.R., a lovable villain in the hit series Dallas. Hagman’s popularity was bolstered by what is still considered to be one of the most famous television season finales of all time, titled “A House Divided.” The 1980 Dallas season 3 cliffhanger, in which his character was shot by an unknown gunman (or, as it turned out, gunwoman), is still one of the most watched episodes in television history. CBS used the mystery to build anticipation for the fourth season, creating the promotional catchphrase that took the nation by storm: “Who Shot J.R.?”

Although most audiences recognize Hagman from his iconic turn as J.R., he showed great range and talent over an acting career that spanned seven decades. The native Texan got his start in show business as a production assistant for a Dallas theater and quickly moved on to acting in stage plays. He debuted on Broadway in 1958 in Comes a Day and made his first television appearance on an episode of Decoy at the age of 25.

Larry Hagman as JR in Dallas Dallas Actor Larry Hagman Passes Away at 81

Major Tony Nelson was dubbed by many as Hagman’s breakout role. Hagman appeared as the genie’s master and eventual love interest for five seasons on I Dream of Jeannie before the show was canceled in 1964. He then went on to appear in several films and short-lived TV series until he landed the part of J.R. on Dallas.

Hagman recently reprised his role as J.R. on the 2012 continuation series of Dallas on TNT. He had already filmed episodes for the show’s second season, which will air in January 2013. Hagman had said that he still loved playing the villainous character.

Hagman’s lovable personality and passion for acting will be sorely missed. He will be forever remembered, not just for his film and television roles, but also as a loving family man.

Screen Rant would like to express our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Larry Hagman in this difficult time. Hagman is survived by his wife, his two children, and five grandchildren.

R.I.P. Larry Hagman: September 21st, 1931 - November 23rd, 2012.

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  1. It’s just so sad to here this terrible news , my sincere condolences to his family.
    I was all excited about the 2012 Dallas second season and the continuity of his evil character , I jus hope Dallas won’t get off the air. I still think that without one of its major characters it still has many stories left to tell.

  2. Just sad news that is !
    For the last 30 years,even more I watched his shows and acting !
    He brought many hours of enjoyment and memories into our lives.
    My condolences to the Family !

    You will be missed. Rest in Peace,and may be more adventures ahead..where ever your heading now.

  3. I never really watched Dallas that much except on,a few occasions.I was more of a fan of dynasty. But I would always turn to Dallas just to listen to that great theme music. One of the best themes in television history. R.I.P Mr hagman.

  4. RIP

  5. Though I have never seen any of the mans works I give my condolences to his family and friends and wish them good luck in having the strength to endure this hard tragedy.

  6. who is going to play J R part? John Travolta

    • too bad he’s left us on such a high note in his comeback. He will be missed. May he RIP. I doubt anyone could take his place, but hopefully they can continue the new season of Dallas even w/o Larry’s appearance. Perhaps actors like Tommy Lee Jones, Christopher Walken, or John Voight can help keep Dallas alive in Hagman’s place.

    • i heard mitt romney took the part

      • That’s cause Obama can’t fill good ole J.R.’s shoes… But Mitt he could do it…

  7. I had no idea he was suffering from throat cancer but when I saw him briefly in clips of new DALLAS he did not look well despite fact he was 81
    His wife of six decades has Alzheimers from what the news reported. Sad thing for her now that he is gone

    • rosalee
      she does not have a clue

  8. yep he’s still as dead as he was 2 days ago.
    and will still be as dead next week and next year and years after too

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    • You didn’t even know the man.

      • [Removed by Moderator]

        • I think I will rather repent to Thor Of Asgard…he has a hammer not to mention an Avenger! Keep your delusory to yourself bud…stop drinking cough syrup so early…it makes you day stupid things without thinking.

          • All hail The Mighty Thor, the Odinson…whose mighty hammer Mjolnir is just ITCHING to bounce off the soft putty skull of this dipstick Charle…Amen!

          • LMAO

        • who?

      • and you did

    • Charle…Ignorant Much?

    • Hallelujah

      Then again, you spelled your name wrong.

      That takes great skill.

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    • shut up

    • How can a website end up in a lake a fire?

      • seems funny to me

      • By tossing Charle’s PC into a pit of flaming gasoline…

  11. Vic-Can we get this nimnoid “Charle” and his comments re: The late Mr. Hagman excised from this board, please?

    • No No Shhh! I want to see where he’s going with this….I’m convinced nowhre, but still I like it when people make total fools of themselves.

      Hey Charle!! Your momma believes in Darwin!!!

    • @danlister & mace – It’s been handled. Comments aren’t monitored 24/7 so occasionally some nitwits get through. In the future if you see things like this happening please drop us a line through our Contact Us page and we’ll address it immediately.

      Thanks,
      Paul Young – Moderator

  12. @Screenrant

    could you delete and block Charle comment cause its sick and disrespectful

  13. any news on Bieber by chance ?

    • Yes…Bieber will be considered for the role of Tony Stark…around the time that Charle grows a brain…

      • great ..thanks

  14. R.I.P. Larry Hagman

  15. My prayers are with his family during this time. I have never watched Dallas and was surprised to hear he was the guy from Dream of Jeanie which i have seen re runs of. R.I.P

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  16. [Removed by Moderator]

    • You first…Get it warm for us.

    • @ Charle
      Ephesians 4:29
      Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

      Matthew 12:36
      I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

      Colossians 3:8
      But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

      Proverbs 13:3
      Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

  17. Mr.Hagman, as a child I enjoyed you as Major Nelson ans as adult I loved your role as JR. You made both the old and new shows of Dallas what they are today. R.I.P you will be missed.

  18. “I really can’t remember half of the people I’ve slept with,
    stabbed in the back or driven to suicide,” Hangman quoted on Dallas. The top 25 evil media lines here: http://bit.ly/YhbHD0

  19. Awww..
    RIP – Return If Possible!

  20. Thank you, Larry Hagman for your contribution of a lifetime of entertainment and for your continuity of quality television.
    To your family, I feel like J.R. was a member of my family while I was growing up, as he is among my earliest television memories. I was born in 1974, and my Mom and Dad faithfully watched Dallas every Friday night at 9 PM; I remember “Who Shot J.R.,” even though I was 7 years old!
    He was such a powerful actor who made an impression on his audience and fans, consistently.
    Hagman family, I am so sorry for your loss, and you will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing Larry with all of us; your sacrifice was America’s gain through one of the most iconic characters of all time. May God bless and hold you in his hands during this tragic time of loss for you. Thank you again, Hagman family for giving up your time to share “J.R” with all of us.

  21. R.I.P.-JR/Captain Nelson

  22. SAD!

  23. This news saddens me. J.R. was king of Dallas…