‘JR’ dies at 81

2012-11-24 07:31

Dallas – Larry Hagman, who created one of American television’s most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman JR Ewing of Dallas, has died.

He was 81.

Hagman died yesterday at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with cancer, the Dallas Morning News reported, quoting a statement from his family.

He had suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Hagman’s mother was stage and movie star Mary Martin and he became a star himself in 1965 on I Dream of Jeannie, a popular television sitcom in which he played Major Anthony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a beautiful genie in a bottle.

Dallas, which made its premiere on the CBS network in 1978, made Hagman a superstar.

The show quickly became one of the network’s top-rated programmes, built an international following and inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival in 2012.

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