Larry Hagman, the man behind the most villainous TV character of all time has passed away, he was 81-years-old. Hagman played the role of J.R. Ewing on the hit show Dallas.
Hagman passed away at the Dallas hospital where he had been battle throat cancer. The A-list actor was no stranger to cancer having beat both liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s, conditions brought on by years of heavy drinking. In 1995 Larry Hagman received a liver transplant just one month after he quit smoking.
Hagman became a small screen start in 1965 when he starred as Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream Of Jeannie.
In 1978 Dallas premiered on CBS and went on to become a raising winner that ran for 356 episodes before going off the air in 1991.
Because of Dallas’ success Larry Hagman was the best paid TV actor in the world. While his show was about a rick Texas oil family Hagman lost some of his earnings in the real world oil business before focusing on real estate. Hagman’s own father was a successful lawyer who dealt with the very Texas oil barons his son would go on to portray.
Speaking about his career with Time Magazine Hagman declares:
“I really can’t remember half of the people I’ve slept with, stabbed in the back or driven to suicide.”
Larry returned to his J.R. role for a June 2012 continuation series of Dallas for the TNT network.
Original cast member Linda Gray said of her former co-stars passing:
“Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, funny, loving and talented, and I will miss him enormously.”
Between his time on the small screen Hagman served in the Air Force where for five years he was stations in Europe as the director of USO shows.
Before his death Larry Hagman turned to public service, raising awareness about the importance of transplants while supporting anti-smoking campaigns.
Funeral services for the former Dallas star have not been revealed at this time. The family of Larry Hagman have not yet revealed in any type of public service will be made available for fans of the late TV star.
Our condolences go out to the entire Larry Hagman family and all of their friends.