Larry Hagman – TV’s J. R. Ewing – Dead at 81

Larry Hagman, the actor who played J. R. Ewing in the television series “Dallas”, passed away today. He was 81.

The LA Times

Fervor for the television show “Dallas” was intense in 1980, when the Queen Mother met actor Larry Hagman and joined the worldwide chorus asking: “Who shot J.R.?”

“Not even for you, ma’am,” replied Hagman, who portrayed villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing at the center of the popular prime-time soap from 1978 until 1991.

An estimated 300 million viewers in 57 countries had seen J.R. get shot by an unseen assailant, a season-ending plot twist that is credited with popularizing the cliffhanger in television series.

Hagman, who became a television star in the 1960s starring in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” died Friday at a Dallas hospital, said a spokesman for actress Linda Gray, his longtime co-star on “Dallas.” He was 81.

A year ago, Hagman announced his second bout with cancer. He had spoken candidly about decades of drinking that led to cirrhosis of the liver and, in 1995, a life-saving liver transplant.

“He was the pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew,” Gray said in a statement. “He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented…. an original and lived life to the full.”

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  • NeoKong

    He’ll always be Major Nelson to me.
    RIP and God speed sir.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Wow, had to delete the first comment about the death of an actor. Really?

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  • Adi

    J.R. is da’ man, man.

    I always liked him, RIP.

  • Owen

    Jeannie should have granted him another life.

  • Matt

    I prefer to think of him as Major Anthony Nelson.

    But that may be because I liked looking at Babara Eden.

  • Tom Smith

    Its a dream……..just watch

  • Militant Conservative

    Union goons#3 are so unenlightened.

    Larry Hagman, God speed sir.

    You lived your life on your terms, Now we all have to live life on Obama’s terms.

    Now THAT is sad.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I remember as a kid watching the movie Fail-Safe and seeing Hagman as Henry Fonda’s translator when he was speaking with the Soviet premier on the hot line.

  • platypus

    Mr. Hagman died of throat cancer. He was an anti-smoking zealot. I do not think he ever smoked but he drank so heavily that he had to have a liver transplant.

    I think the word hypocrite might be appropriate for him. Drinking okay – smoking not okay.

  • bg


    R.I.P. Mr. H.


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  • MacD

    … just example of why not to drink heavily and to not smoke.
    80 years old is not that old today, and for Hagman to have passed away
    from these two forms of cancer is a shame.

  • Mike Oh

    Good riddance.

  • Carl

    M. Oh, are you kidding? What a jerk!

  • Mike Oh

    Am I kidding? Another lefty bites the dust? Again, good riddance. Too bad it was just normal old age that took him.