Dallas star Larry Hagman dies

Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most amoral villains as oilman J.R. Ewing in Dallas, has died. Mr Hagman, 81, last his battle with cancer at a hospital in Dallas.

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Larry Hagman: A career in pictures

Larry Hagman with Linda Gray
Larry Hagman with Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen in Dallas, in 1985. Credit: Press Association
Three longest serving cast members of Dallas
Sir Terry Wogan in 2006 with the three longest serving cast members of Dallas, including Hagman (left). Credit: Press Association
Larry Hagman meets the Queen Mother
Larry Hagman (left) and his mother Mary Martin meet the Queen Mother in 1980. Credit: Press Association

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Larry Hagman - a TV star for over 40 years

Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81, tasted stardom for the first time in the mid 1960s but it was his role as JR Ewing that brought him worldwide fame.

  • He met his wife Maj Axelsson, a Swedish designer, while in England with the US Air Force
  • Hagman became a star in 1965 in the TV comedy series ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, in which he played an astronaut
  • He landed the role of merciless oil magnate JR Ewing, the character at the centre of the show Dallas, in 1977
  • Hagman also acted in films such as ‘Nixon’ and ‘Primary Colors’
  • Earlier this year he appeared in a new 10-episode series of Dallas, with a second series in production and due to run next year

Twitter reaction to death of Larry Hagman

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RIP Larry Hagman. Thank you for being such an entertaining actor and giving us such happy memories.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman. My best, Bill

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Very sad to hear that Larry Hagman has died. His JR Ewing character was the greatest TV villain of them all. Wonderful actor. #RIP

Hagman Family: 'Larry was back in his beloved Dallas'

Linda Gray, a long-time friend who starred alongside him in the TV show, called him her "best friend for 35 years", her agent told the BBC.

"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most," his family said in a statement carried by the Dallas Morning News.

"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."

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Larry Hagman who played J.R. Ewing in Dallas dies

Larry Hagman arrives at the Dallas launch party at Old Billinsgate in London in August. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most amoral villains as oilman J.R. Ewing in Dallas has died, according to reports in Dallas Morning News.

Mr Hagman, 81 died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a family statement.

He had suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Hagman's mother was stage and movie star Mary Martin and he became a star himself in 1965 on "I Dream of Jeannie," a popular television sitcom in which he played Major Anthony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a beautiful genie in a bottle.

Dallas, which made its premiere on the CBS network in 1978, made Hagman a superstar. The show quickly became one of the network's top-rated programs, built an international following and inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival in 2012.