‘Dallas’ Star Larry Hagman Passes Away at Age 81

Family members confirm the actor passed from complications in his fight against cancer on Friday.

Larry Hagman passes away at the age of 81
Larry Hagman passes away at the age of 81
Larry Hagman, who starred in both the original series Dallas and the current TNT remake Dallas, passed away Friday at the age of 81. The actor passed from complications in his fight with cancer. Here's a statement released by his family.

"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. Larry's family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."

Before being cast as the larger-than-life J.R. Ewing in Dallas, the actor appeared in TV shows and films such as I Dream of Jeannie and In Harm's Way. When Dallas first aired as a five-part mini-series in 1978, J.R. was a supporting character, although his performance quickly earned him a bigger role, eventually becoming the centerpiece of the show. The series ran for 14 seasons. Here's a statement that TNT released regarding the actor's passing.

"All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman's passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing."

Warner Bros. Television and executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin also released the following statement.

"Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history. He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."

The actor was filming Season 2 of Dallas, which debuts January 28, 2013 on TNT. It is believed that he had finished shooting six of the upcoming 15 episodes. It isn't clear how the show plans to address his death. Larry Hagman is survived by a daughter, Kristina Hagman, a son, Preston Hagman, and five granddaughters.

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  1. Escapist


    2 years agoby @escapistFlag

  2. Bill Louis

    Godspeed, Major Nelson!

    2 years agoby @Bill-LouisFlag

  3. Dan

    RIP, Jr.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Gandoff

    Never a fan of Dallas, but was of I dream of Jeannie. The new Dallas will not last with out him. He was a crucial part of being repackaged for TNT, and has been a major character. I remember as a kid, "Who shoot Jr" bits off tv. RIP....

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  5. slysnide

    Never seen the show, but he sounds like he was too huge of a character to continue the series successfully without him. RIP Larry Hagman

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. the MovieGhost

    @ghostman I really don't see how they couldn't or wouldn't. He was such a prominent character, in both seasons, it would be ridiculous if they just gave a throwaway line about his departure.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  7. skywise

    RIP Mr. Hagman.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. aoshi

    Godspeed, Major Nelson!

    2 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  9. ejk1

    Two great characters. For that, we salute you, Mr. Hagman. RIP.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus I wonder how they'll incorporate is death into the storyline.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    But seriously, season 2 is gonna be interesting to watch

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. Ghostman

    That's terrible to hear. He was a great actor. RIP.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    I also liked him as: Air Force Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson in "I Dream of Jeannie".

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway, so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  15. the MovieGhost

    I found out about this early this morning and I'm no less saddened by it. I wonder what they'll do with the next season of Dallas now. RIP sir.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    One good TV villain. RIP

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. WongFu


    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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