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"Dallas" Star Larry Hagman Dies at 81 in Dallas

By November 24, 2012

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Larry Hagman may have died in Dallas Friday but the iconic J.R. Ewing will long be remembered for his cheatin', womanizing and dirty dealing.

According to reports, the actor died at a Dallas hospital due to complications from throat cancer. He had suffered from both liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking and smoking, and then received a liver transplant. Hagman was born on September 21, 1931, in Weatherford.

As the infamous J.R. Ewing on Dallas, Hagman was truly one of TV's icons. A wealthy oil tycoon who cheated his own family out of deals, stabbed everyone in the back, ran around on his wife, blackmailed people, and did just about every bad thing a man could do on TV in the late 70s, 80s and into the early 90s.

Audiences loved him. First American audiences and then the world couldn't get enough of J.R. Ewing.

What I would give if I still had my "I Shot J.R." t-shirt.

I even love the new Dallas series that airs on the TNT network. It's still J.R right along with original cast members Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. But the new show focuses on the sons of J.R. and Bobby, who get into plenty of fights just like their Dads -- but the newer version gives us just a little bit of hope for the next generation.

He may have ended with the tough old boot J.R., but he also played Major Nelson on I Dream of Jeanie and couldn't have been a nicer character.

During my last trip to New York City, cab drivers ask where I'm from and "Oh JR!" is their first comment about Dallas.

Rest in peace Larry Hagman. And thanks for the memories.

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