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November 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Larry Hagman, who had his first TV starring role in the 1960s as astronaut Tony Nelson opposite Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie and, beginning in 1978, went on to portray J.R. Ewing in Dallas, arguably the most iconic character in a dramatic series, has died of complications from throat cancer at age 81. In its obituary the Dallas Morning News observed that, as Ewing, Hagman achieved “the kind of international fame known only by the likes [of] the Beatles and Muhammad Ali.” He died at Medical City in Dallas, surrounded by family and friends, including his Dallas co-stars, Linda Evans and Patrick Duffy. A statement by Hagman’s family said, “Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for.” He had reprised the Ewing character in the reboot of the series that launched on TNT earlier this year and quickly became the No. 1 new adult drama on cable TV, drawing an average of 5.3 million viewers. The Dallas newspaper reported that a second season has already been filmed, and, it speculated, “The producers knew Mr. Hagman had been ill, so perhaps they’ve already dealt with his character’s demise. It could be the cliffhanger of the second season, setting off another round of ‘Who Shot J.R.?'”
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter said on Saturday that Hagman will appear in six of the fifteen episodes of season two (he appeared in ten episodes during the first season) and that the producers are working on giving him “a proper send-off.”