American film and television actor, producer and director most known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime-time television soap opera Dallas and for playing Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie Larry Hagman has died of complications from throat cancer. He was 81.
His films include Fail-Safe, Superman, JFK, Nixon and Primary Colors. His TV appearances continued in international soap operas and with guest roles on shows such as Desperate Housewives into the 21st century. In 2012 he reprised his role as J.R. Ewing in an updated version of Dallas.
Hagman was the son of the actress Mary Martin. A long-time drinker, he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995, and although a member of a 12-step program, he publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Hagman, who was born in Fort Worth, Texas, died at 4:20 p.m. at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
According to a statement released by Hagman’s family, the actor spent Thanksgiving with close friends, and died “surrounded by loved ones.”
“Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. The actor was reportedly surrounded by his “Dallas” costars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy when he died.