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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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