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Also Known As: Larry Martin Hagman Died: November 23, 2012
Born: September 21, 1931 Cause of Death: Cancer
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Larry Hagman could boast not one, but two, indelible characters during his storied acting career. After early work off-Broadway and scoring bit parts on several television series, Hagman made headway with a pair of roles in the feature films "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and "Fail Safe" (1964). He soon enjoyed mainstream success as astronaut Anthony Nelson opposite gorgeous wish-granter Barbara Eden on the classic sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" (NBC, 1965-1970). Hagman later tried his luck with a couple failed sitcoms, while appearances - usually as a unrepentant cad - in films like "Mother, Juggs & Speed" (1976) and "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976) kept him in the public eye, if not always in the most flattering light. Then, after 20 years in the business, the veteran actor became a true television icon as the unscrupulous oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the pop-culture phenomenon "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). In the years that followed "Dallas," the actor popped up occasionally in films like "Nixon" (1995) and "Primary Colors" (1998), although poor health and lackluster projects stood in the way of a return to the top of the TV ratings. That was until he returned to the city that made him famous, once again starring as...

Larry Hagman could boast not one, but two, indelible characters during his storied acting career. After early work off-Broadway and scoring bit parts on several television series, Hagman made headway with a pair of roles in the feature films "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and "Fail Safe" (1964). He soon enjoyed mainstream success as astronaut Anthony Nelson opposite gorgeous wish-granter Barbara Eden on the classic sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" (NBC, 1965-1970). Hagman later tried his luck with a couple failed sitcoms, while appearances - usually as a unrepentant cad - in films like "Mother, Juggs & Speed" (1976) and "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976) kept him in the public eye, if not always in the most flattering light. Then, after 20 years in the business, the veteran actor became a true television icon as the unscrupulous oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the pop-culture phenomenon "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). In the years that followed "Dallas," the actor popped up occasionally in films like "Nixon" (1995) and "Primary Colors" (1998), although poor health and lackluster projects stood in the way of a return to the top of the TV ratings. That was until he returned to the city that made him famous, once again starring as J.R. on a series continuation of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), one of the surprise hits of year. By now so famous that even his eyebrows had their own Facebook page, Hagman was once again a primetime star, even in the twilight of his career. Sadly for fans, he would pass away of cancer before the second season of his monumental comeback.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Beware! the Blob (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998) J R Ewing
2.
 Primary Colors (1998) Governor Fred Picker
3.
 Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) J R Ewing
4.
 Nixon (1995) 'Jack Jones'
5.
 Staying Afloat (1993) Alexander Turnball Hollingsworth Iii
6.
 Dallas: The Early Years (1986) J R Ewing
7.
 Deadly Encounter (1982) Sam Hooten
8.
 S.O.B. (1981) Dick Benson
9.
 Jag rodnar (1981) Himself
10.
 Crash (1978) Bo Cochran
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Milestones close milestones

1950:
Moved to England to join his mother as cast member of "South Pacific"
1952:
Joined U.S. Air Force; directed USO shows
1959:
Made Broadway debut in "God and Kate Murphy"
1961:
Appeared on daytime drama "The Edge of Night" (ABC, CBS)
1964:
Made film debut in "Ensign Pulver"
1965:
Starred opposite Barbara Eden as Capt. (later Maj.) Tony Nelson on NBC sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie"
1972:
Directed first feature film "Beware the Blob"
1978:
Starred as John Ross (J.R.) Ewing, Jr. on long-running CBS primetime soap "Dallas"
1980:
Made recurring appearances on "Knots Landing" (CBS) as J.R. Ewing
1995:
Cast as Jack Jones in Oliver Stone's biographical drama "Nixon"
1997:
Returned to series TV on the short-lived drama "Orleans" (CBS)
1998:
Cast in featured role in the Mike Nichols-directed political satire "Primary Colors"
1998:
Reprised signature role of J.R. Ewing in the TV-movie "Dallas: War of the Ewings" (CBS)
2005:
Narrated the TLC special "Sheer Dallas"
2006:
Guest starred on five episodes of "Nip/Tuck" (FX)
2011:
Guest starred on ABC's suburban comedy drama series "Desperate Housewives"
2012:
Reprised J.R. Ewing role on the TNT reboot of "Dallas" alongside original co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray
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Education

Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson , New York -

Notes

Hagman has worked prominently with the American Cancer Society on their anti-smoking campaign; from 1981-88, he served as chairman of their Great American Smokeout project.

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wife:
Maj Axelsson Hagman. Designer. Married in 1954; Swedish.

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father:
Benjamin Jack Hagman. Accountant, lawyer. Married on November 3, 1929.
mother:
Mary Martin. Actor. Broadway star; deceased.
half-sister:
Mary Heller Halliday DeMerritt. Actor.
daughter:
Kristina Mary Hagman. Actor. Born on February 17, 1958.
son:
Preston Hagman. Born on May 2, 1962.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life" Simon & Schuster

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