He was the son of actress and Broadway star, Mary Martin.Such was the grip that the lavish American soap opera had in even the most unlikely places — and no character exerted that grip more tightly than JR Ewing, the oil baron unforgettably brought to scheming, malevolent, adulterous, Machiavellian life by Larry Hagman. The actor lost his battle to cancer at the age of 81 at Medical City in his part-time home of Dallas, where he’d been filming the second season of TNT’s revival of the famous prime-time soap opera.The 81-year-old actor was surrounded by friends and family before he passed peacefully, “just as he’d wished for,” the statement said. Ewing basically laid the foundation for the evolution of the TV anti-hero evident in In the days ahead, there will be lots more memories, as well as speculation on how J. Ewing will inevitably meet his maker on the revived show.
Below, a few of the best quotes, anecdotes, reactions, and videos that have been published and republished in the wake of Hagman’s death:• From a Q&A by Andrew Goldman: You wrote in your memoir, “Hello Darlin’,” that when you die, you want to be ground up in a wood chipper like Steve Buscemi’s character in the movie “Fargo.” Is this actually set down in your will? You’ve also said that LSD took away your fear of death. They met while making the 1973 movie This clip from a British TV show has Hagman profanely and hilariously recounting the story of how he ended up taking Moon to rehab (including his own imitation of Moon and his girlfriend, who always called him “Mr. • Dallas lawyer Lisa Blue, who is coincidentally profiled in the new issue of He was probably the kindest person I ever met.
In other words, practically everyone in the show was a suspect.
He had swindled all the other major Texan oilmen by selling them his wells in south-east Asia, just before the wells were nationalised.
The reptilian eyes flickered, as if he had been given a revivifying sip of essence of evil. Decades of alcohol abuse, followed by liver and then throat cancer, had taken a terrible toll.
Yet in that one brief scene, it was clear that in the old man’s relationship with the camera there was as much charisma as ever.