R.I.P. Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012)

On Friday, we lost a man who played one of the most iconic characters of the ’80s. Larry Hagman, best known to us as Dallas‘ J.R. Ewing, passed away at the age of 81 of complications from cancer.

Hagman who had previously been known for playing Major Tony Nelson on the 1965-1970 sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie”. In 1978, he then played far against type with his role as J.R. on the new prime-time soap, Dallas. J.R. Ewing was the character that most people loved to hate. In 1980, the show skyrocketed in popularity with the cliffhanger “Who Shot J.R.?” On November 21, 1980, more than 350 million viewers tuned in around the world to find out Kristen Shepherd, the sister of J.R.’s wife, shot him. It remains one of the most watched television episodes in history.

This year, Larry Hagman reprised his role as J.R. on the reboot of Dallas. The show was a big success, and season 2 is being shot right now. 6 episodes had been filmed before Hagman passed. The show has done a great job introducing a new young cast alongside original cast members Hagman, Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby). I have really gotten into this show. But, like the original, J.R. is the best part of the show. So he will be dearly missed.

Larry Hagman is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “R.I.P. Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012)”

  1. I was able to look past it, but Larry Hagman was always Major Nelson to me.

    Glad you’re back, so now I don’t have to miss both Larry *and* my daily trip back to the 80s.


    1. Major Nelson was a much nicer person. I actually didn’t watch Dallas when it originally aired, so I prefer to think of Larry as Major Nelson. But, from watching the new Dallas, his J.R. is just incredible. What a great character. The show going to have to do something really special in order to survive when they start getting to the post-J.R. episodes.


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