RIP Larry Hagman

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    Nov 24, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Well damn, there goes another TV icon icon_cry.gif

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/23/dallas-star-larry-hagman-dead-81/

    Actor Larry Hagman -- best known as the conniving J.R. Ewing on "Dallas" -- has died at age 81.

    Hagman died in a Dallas hospital at 4:20 pm Friday, due to complications from a recent battle with cancer ... according to local reports.

    The actor's family released a statement shortly afterwards, saying "He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for."

    Hagman also starred in "I Dream of Jeannie" but was most famous for playing the iconic villain J.R. in the 1980's drama "Dallas" -- and recently reprised the same role on the TNT version ... which launched earlier this year (below).

    He is survived by his two children.

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    Nov 24, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    I loved I Dream of Genie when I was a kid. I'm thankful for what he gave to the entertainment industry.
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    Nov 24, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    One of the best villains EVER! I will miss him. icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 24, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    A charming and much beloved practical joker in real life, Hagman died with both his actual and TV wife by his side - we should all be so lucky. For those that don't know it, he's the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin (the original "Nellie Forebush" in "South Pacific" and TV's classic "Peter Pan").

    Over a decade before he played villainous "J.R. Ewing" in "Dallas," Hagman tested his bastardly chops as an abusive husband in the period film "The Group;" check out his chemistry in the finale with an almost unrecognizably beautiful and restrained young Candice Bergen in her film debut, where he confronts her en route to his wife's burial, revealing her as the ringleader of a lesbian cabal! And yes, that's "Arrested Development's" tough-talking Jessica Walter turning to jello in the beginning of the clip:



    I caught a few episodes of the "Dallas" reboot and even deathly ill he still had that twinkle in his eye that made him the villain we loved to hate - it'll be a yawnfest without him.
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    I believe the "Who Shot JR" relevation episode was the most watched program when it aired Nov. 21, 1980 until MASH's final episode in spring 1983. The "Who Shot JR" cliffhager aired and finished up the May sweeps and left the nation hanging all the hot summer of 1980 long. I do recall that I was just a casual Dallas watcher but I was so tired of the hoopla I just wanted it over and the episode to air.