'Dallas' Star Larry Hagman Dies at 81

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Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, known for his legendary roles on I Dream of Jeannie and both incarnations of the primetime soap opera Dallas, has died at the age of 81.

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, known for his legendary roles on I Dream of Jeannie and both incarnations of the primetime soap opera Dallas, has died at the age of 81.

The Dallas Morning News reports the actor died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at the Medical City Dallas Hospital after a battle with cancer. His family released the following statement: “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. 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.”

Hagman revealed in 2011 that he was battling cancer, but would continue to work on TNT’s reboot of the famed Dallas. “As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer,” he said then. “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!”

Though he was primarily known for his iconic television roles, his other television credits include The Edge of Night, The Good Life, Here We Go Again, Orleans, Knots Landing, Nip/Tuck and Desperate Housewives among many. His career included stage and the big screen as well, appearing in films Ensign Pulver, Fail Safe, Mother, Jugs & Speed, The Eagle Has Landed, Superman, Primary Colors and more. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maj Axelsson and their children Kristina Mary & Preston.

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