American Actor Larry Hagman Dies

Reuters/Reuters - Cast member of the TV series "Dallas" Larry Hagman arrives at the world premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of the film "Cabaret" during the opening night gala of the 2012 TCM Classic

Reuters/Reuters – Cast member of the TV series “Dallas” Larry Hagman arrives at the world premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of the film “Cabaret” during the opening night gala of the 2012 TCM Classic

American actor Larry Hagman, most known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dalla, has died at 81.

He died around 4:20 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012, in a Dallas hospital.

Hagman died of complications from throat cancer.

He is survived by his two children.

He was a producer and director, most known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas and for playing Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

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. He later 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.

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