TV icon Larry Hagman, best known for playing the iconic J.R. Ewing on both the original Dallas on CBS and the current incarnation on TNT, passed away on Friday, November 23’rd at Medical City Dallas hospital from cancer complications. He was 81.
Larry Hagman — shortly after TNT’s update was announced in summer 2011 — revealed that he was being treated for “a very common and treatable form of cancer,” later specified as Stage II throat cancer. After enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Hagman announced in mid-2012. “I beat that thing. I am in remission now. All good!”
So says the Flash News on imdb.com taken from elsewhere, actually.
Larry Hagman is the son of another legendary actress, Mary Martin. His cowboy hat was one of his trade marks. If Michael Clarke Duncan (another one who left us quite recently, in September) gave a five dollar bill to anyone who recognized him, knowing his complete name, Larry pretended to hear a good joke or a song, for his autograph.
Mary Martin was offered the role of Miss Ellie on Dallas (1978) when Barbara Bel Geddes left the show due to health problems. She turned it down. In 1980 was her last Broadway appearance, but she died in 1990.
He was a perfect JR, the complex villain in a late seventies telenovella. That one secured his career, in 1980, he earned $1ook per episode. He was good as a man, he offered to pay Robert Downey Jr.’s rehab once and also borrowed him with a hundred thousand dollars when this one needed. He lived in Ojai, California, in a ranch called Heaven. Nice. He owned a house in Sweden, the country his wife is from and which they both used to visit every year. Sting bought his Malibu house where he lived before moving to Ojai. He was also Bridget Fonda‘s Godfather, and a friend of Keith Moon, the Who drummer. Good days in music, the days before Rihanna, or Jay Z.
Above, is a picture of the goddaughter Bridget Fonda, with her godfather, Larry, at Peter Fonda’s induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I suppose it’s no need to say Peter Fonda, the son of Grape of Wrath‘s Henry Fonda, is actually Bridget’s father.
Yesterday he was alive, today he is not anymore. With his warm smile, even as an ingrate character in a show made by him inconceivable without his presence, Larry Hagman was very optimistic. I’m sure he died happy.
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