Larry 'JR' Hagman dead at 81

2012-11-24 07:26
Dallas - Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman JR Ewing of Dallas, died on Friday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He was 81.

Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a statement from his family.

He had suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Hagman's mother was stage and movie star Mary Martin and he became a star himself in 1965 on I Dream of Jeannie, a popular television sitcom in which he played Major Anthony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a beautiful genie in a bottle.

Dallas, which made its premiere on the CBS network in 1978, made Hagman a superstar.

The show quickly became one of the network's top-rated programmes, built an international following and inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival in 2012.


  • nel.westhuizen - 2012-11-24 07:57

    I thought JR got shot.

      roboman1 - 2012-11-24 08:10

      Well we stoop to new levels of depravity now, don't we nel....

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-24 09:21

      your surname says it all !!

      francesca.prinsloo - 2012-11-24 09:32

      Ai Nel. :(

      mark.bredenkamp - 2012-11-24 12:45

      What a stupid comment

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-11-24 08:08

    No, he died as a result of too many 'shots;......

      Hilton Cupido - 2012-11-24 08:22

      yes , 81 of them

      Hilton Cupido - 2012-11-24 08:23

      yes 81 of them , not many can take that nowadays

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-11-24 08:25

    RIP Larry aka JR Ewing! the one Ewing we both hated and loved at thesame time! Geez Dallas and Apartheid?? strange combination. Get over it!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-24 14:31

      I wonder how they will write him out of the new series?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-11-24 08:31

    Cheers Larry! Thanks for keeping my wife in an "all-men-are-bastards!" mood for years! R.I.P.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-11-24 08:56

    RIP JR

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-11-24 09:05

    OMW, the comments are shocking. This is an icon that died and you are talking about apartheid, killings and the ANC. Pse get a life. Larry Hagman, may you R.I.P. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Leah - 2012-11-24 09:34

    There will never be another character like JR. When I see Larry Hagman, I see that devilish smile, the Stetson and that wicked twinkle in his eye. JR, we loved to hate you and hated to love you. May you rest in peace Larry Hagman.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-24 10:48

    What an actor! He could play a villain so naturally - he had those villainous eyes, crooked smile and devilish voice - and yet everyone loved him. RIP Larry.

  • cathy.paquet.92 - 2012-11-24 11:01

    So sad about this. Really enjoyed watching the latest 'Dallas' series and loved JR despite his evilness.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-24 11:02

    RIP Larry, Dallas will never be the same without you.

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  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-24 11:19

    What a character this man was. Yes he had his own personal demons but he really turned tv on its head way back then, EVERONE never missed Dallas! Thanks for the good memories and chair rivetting acting. R.I.P. You will be missed.

  • jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-24 11:55

    Great actor and a nice man. RIP Larry. Just don't go buying up the best parts of Heaven now will ya ?.

  • sue.moll - 2012-11-24 12:08

    A great actor, kept us all enthralled for many years RIP Larry you will be remembered.

  • eugene.h.krabs.336 - 2012-11-24 12:13

    I cannot think of a villain ever portrayed so well as JR Ewing! What a legend, RIP

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-24 14:30

    Shame dolla..a good life though, wine, women and song! RIP.

  • colleen.balfour - 2012-11-24 19:22

    R.I.P. Larry and thank you for years of entertainment.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-11-24 23:31

    Good for him that he got to play his part one last time in the new series. Legend!!!

  • michael.bushes.5 - 2012-11-24 23:47

    JR, I grew up watching you on TV1 on Tuesdays, and because of you I would stay up and watch Diagonal Street after Dallas because I developed an interests in stocks and hostile take overs. Rest in Peace, i feel like crying as a write this. Ill forever miss you bud !

  • shirley.nelclacherty - 2012-11-25 18:01

    My mother never allowed me to watch Dallas.She said it was for big people only. That I would understand one day. I sometimes used to creep up the stairs and peep through the gap in the door. Happy memories. R.I.P JR. You will always be missed as the best and worst villian in town.

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  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-11-25 21:28

    JR, Stafano & Barker! Masters of Deceit! gr8 Actors

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-26 07:56

    There are now officially only 22 letters left in the alphabet because JR got shot and ET went home. "Well Daddy, I was only thinking of the family".

  • ashlin.maharaj.1 - 2012-11-26 09:36

    JR was the best. He could get under everyone's skin so innocently too. I had a listen to his voice over the radio this morning from a Dallas episode on ECRadio. He was just such a snake. Wickedly funny in real life too. Heard the interviews recently with Patrci Duffy and Linda Gray.

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