Larry Hagman, Rest in Peace

Due to syn­di­ca­tion of the show on an ear­lier form of Chan­nel 32 in the Green Bay mar­ket, and my par­ents’ strict “8 PM = Bed­time” until I was nine or ten, I think I knew Hag­man first as “Major Nel­son” from “I Dream of Jeanie” then as being “J.R. Ewing” on the CBS prime­time soap “Dallas.”

He will be missed.  For he helped cre­ate the one thing — J.R. Ewing — which helped Amer­ica change Dal­las from being viewed as “that place where JFK was killed in” into “that place where J.R. lived.”   That’s a pretty impres­sive thing for one man to do to the pop­u­lar psy­che of America.

Rest in peace.

Larry Hag­man, the actor most widely known for play­ing oil baron J.R. Ewing on the pop­u­lar 1980s tele­vi­sion show “Dal­las,” has died at the age of 81.

Fam­ily mem­bers tell the Asso­ci­ated Press the Texas native died Fri­day after­noon at a Dal­las hos­pi­tal from com­pli­ca­tions of a recent bat­tle with cancer.

Larry was back in his beloved home­town of Dal­las, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most,” the fam­ily said. “Larry’s fam­ily and clos­est friends had joined him in Dal­las for the Thanks­giv­ing holiday.”

Hag­man was a reg­u­lar on the 1960s sit­com “I Dream of Jean­nie,” play­ing Capt. Tony Nel­son, an astro­naut whose life is dis­rupted when he finds a comely genie, por­trayed by Bar­bara Eden. He reprised the role of J.R. Ewing in TNT’s recent “Dal­las” reboot.

Reports were that Hagman’s long-time “Dal­las” co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were at his bed­side when his passed on.  No word yet from pro­duc­ers of the TNT reboot — which is quite good actu­ally — will do the char­ac­ter of J.R., but one can only he dies with Hagman.

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