J.R. Ewing is dead for real this time. Larry Hagman who shot to fame as J.R. Ewing on Dallas in 1978 and became more famous when he was shot in 1980 is dead at 81. No scriptwriter can bring him back as they did his brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy) in 1986. This is no dream. Sadly it’s true that Larry Hagman has died from complications of throat cancer. Hagman was the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin who played Peter Pan on Broadway and TV.
“When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones, It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for” the family said in a statement.
Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray who played his brother and ex-wife were at his bedside when he died. Unlike J.R., Hagman was loved and revered by the people he touched throughout his career. That includes Barbara Eden who played the genie, Jeannie in “I Dream of Jeannie” To Hagman’s Captain/Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson. Eden said “Larry Hagman is not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana. I’ll miss him.”
The “New” Dallas on TNT will premiere its second season on Jan. 28, with Hagman starring in six episodes out of the 15 ordered. Dallas producers are hard at work to give JR a proper sendoff. They were caught off guard by Hagman’s death but are trying to rework this season’s plot.