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“Dallas” will never be the same without him. Larry Hagman was the man behind one of the most renowned characters on television, J.R. Ewing. From 1978 and 13 years after that, audiences around the world knew Hagman as the devious oil baron that we love to hate on the hit CBS TV series about a powerful Texan family. Last June, “Dallas” returned, this time on TNT; and Larry was just as good as he was years ago. While in Dallas shooting the second season, Hagman was dealing with a long history of health problems. This Friday he died due to complications from his battle with cancer.
Although he was best known for playing a sly business cheat, Hagman first gained fame as the nice Capt. Tony Nelson on NBC’s comedy, “I Dream of Jeannie,” which ran from 1965 to 1970. Throughout his career, he starred in numerous TV shows, TV films and feature films.
LATF The Magazine had the honor of meeting Larry while conducting our interview for issue #24’s Dallas cover story. The room lit up when he walked in and as always, no matter who was talking, Larry stole the show. He will be greatly missed.