One of the venerable stars of 1970s and 1980s television who was able to cross the line between both comedy and drama, Larry Hagman passed away this weekend at the age of 81.
Hagman’s most memorable role is often cited as that of J.R. Ewing on the primetime soap opera Dallas, which ran for a formidable 13 years from 1978 to 1991. It launched the careers of many actors, but by that time Hagman was already a known quantity.
He gained fame across the nation as the central character in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. After Dallas, he didn’t come back on the scene with any major memorable characters, but Dallas and ‘Jeannie’ were enough to cement Hagman as one of the most well-known classic TV stars.
He announced just earlier this year that he was in remission from throat cancer. His death comes as quite a surprise, as he was still actively working. In fact, he was given the chance to revive his role in a remake of “Dallas,” which is set to begin airing on TNT in early 2013.
Hagman had completed six episodes of the show, and it is unclear exactly what the production company plans to do with the current and future state of the show.
When he took the position on the new version of Dallas, Hagman said, “I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!”
Unfortunately, those words were not strong enough. Hagman was reportedly with his former co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linday Gray when he passed.
Via TV Guide