News / USA

    'Dallas' Star Larry Hagman Dies at 81

    A large portrait of Larry Hagman and a bouquet of flowers are placed at the entrance of the gift shop at Southfork Ranch, where Hagman played the infamous J.R. Ewing for the TV series "Dallas,"  Parker, Texas, November 24, 2012.
    A large portrait of Larry Hagman and a bouquet of flowers are placed at the entrance of the gift shop at Southfork Ranch, where Hagman played the infamous J.R. Ewing for the TV series "Dallas," Parker, Texas, November 24, 2012.
    VOA News
    Larry Hagman, the actor who won international fame with his portrayal of the amoral oilman J.R. Ewing in the television series Dallas has died at the age of 81.

    Hagman died Friday in a Dallas, Texas hospital from complications of cancer.

    The Dallas series hit television screens in 1978.  It was seen in 57 countries. Hagman's J.R. character quickly became the conniving villain TV viewers loved to despise during the show's 14-year run.  

    Actors Patrick Duffy (L), Linda Gray and Larry Hagman from the TV series "Dallas" pose backstage at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2012.Actors Patrick Duffy (L), Linda Gray and Larry Hagman from the TV series "Dallas" pose backstage at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2012.
    x
    Actors Patrick Duffy (L), Linda Gray and Larry Hagman from the TV series "Dallas" pose backstage at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2012.
    Actors Patrick Duffy (L), Linda Gray and Larry Hagman from the TV series "Dallas" pose backstage at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2012.
    The top-rated show inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival this year on the TNT cable network with Hagman reprising his J.R. role.

    Dallas was not Hagman's first television starring role. He became a star in 1965 when television audiences came to know him as astronaut Major Anthony Nelson, who discovered a beautiful genie in a bottle in the comedy I Dream of Jeannie.

    Hagman also worked as a stage actor before appearing in films that included Fail-Safe, In Harm's Way, and Ensign Pulver.

    In 1995, Hagman was diagnosed with liver cancer after years of heavy drinking. He underwent a liver transplant and in his later years became an advocate for organ transplants.

    Hagman was born into an entertainment family.  His mother was legendary Broadway actress Mary Martin.

    Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years and two children.

    You May Like

    Mother of IS Supporter: Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    Factions Shift as Civilians Die in Syrian War

    Scenario likely only to further confuse military situation on ground and potentially worsen humanitarian crisis that already has grown to epic proportions

    Presidential Hopefuls Woo Minorities, Evangelicals

    Four GOP candidates to speak at forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: T-Bar from: Colorado Springs
    November 25, 2012 9:57 PM
    Mr. Hagman...you sure made me feel less homesick through my 28 year military career when I would hear the theme song, see the helicopter panoramic view of my beloved Dallas skyline and of course watch your endless attempts at destroying Cliff Barnes. Thanks for the memories sir...and thanks for your service in our United States Air Force.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortagei
    X
    February 12, 2016 7:31 PM
    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.