Dallas, TX (no, really)—TV’s J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday from complications from throat cancer. He was 81.
Known the world over as evil, scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing from two different incarnations of TV’s “Dallas,” Hagman secured his place in TV history when nearly half of the United States tuned in to see “Who Shot J.R.” as the third full season of the series got underway, solving the second season’s cliffhanger.
Hagman was the son of Broadway superstar Mary Martin, and first gained fame playing astronaut Tony Nelson opposite Barbara Eden on NBC’s “I Dream of Jeannie.” for five years.
But it was his role as J.R. on CBS’ “Dallas” that made him the highest paid actor on TV and a worldwide star. He earned two Emmy nominations for the role, but did not win. He was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of “Dallas.”