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Breaking Report: DALLAS Icon Larry Hagman Has Died At 81!

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Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse

A report tonight out of The Dallas Morning News has said that Dallas superstar Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing),  died Friday at a Dallas hospital.  He was 81.  Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.

“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the family said in a statement. “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. The family requests privacy at this time.”

Larry Hagman made his home in California with his wife of nearly 60 years, the former Maj Axelsson. Despite obvious physical frailty, he gamely returned to Dallas to film season one of TNT’s Dallas reboot and part of season two.

Linda Gray’s agent, Jeffrey Lane, said the actress was at Mr. Hagman’s bedside when he died, according to The Sun in London. He said another co-star, Patrick Duffy, was also present. “They had been friends for 35 years and they had worked together for many years, so obviously it is devastating,” Mr. Lane told The Sun.

More on the passing of Larry Hagman in the hours and days to come! What do you think about the loss of one of the greatest television performers in history?  Share your thoughts here.

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aria
aria

this is so sad, my condolence to his family and friends.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

rip to Larry Hagman or Good ol’ JR Ewing

toscanti
toscanti

So very sorry for this loss. I can’t even imagine what his family and friends are going through. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. We love you Larry and will never forget you. A true television icon, I’m very saddened by this news.

ethel
ethel

my thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends…………..rest in peace larry….

PGP
PGP

Sad! Hagman will be missed by the world…I just hope that the series handles his death with dignity and respect.

Carol B
Carol B

I’m so sorry to hear this. Larry Hagman was incomparable as JR Ewing.

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

Such sad news. Saw the notice on twitter on my phone last night while I was at work.

Condolences to his family and friends.

kathy
kathy

Rip larry you will be missed dearly good old jr but at least we can watch reruns of dallas when he was young that is how I will remember jr he was a class act there will never be another jr we love you jr bless you

Lew S
Lew S

Rest in peace

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was sadden to hear the news, his family and friends are in my prayers. He was a great actor who could do drama and comedy equally well. I Dream of Jeannie was one of my favorite shows growing up. I read he was also on the soap opera Edge of Night in the early sixties, which I didn’t know. But in the end he will be remember as J. R. Ewing, one of the best villains on television. Rest in peace Larry.

Ces
Ces

So sad to hear about Larry Hagman’s passing. Loved him since I Dream of Jeannie. RIP Mr. Hagman.

Alley
Alley

RIP, Larry Hagman. You will be missed. We were fortunate to be able to see you inhabit your most iconic character, J.R. Ewing, one last time before you left us. Thanks for the memories.

lisa
lisa

Not the news I was expecting to see when I opened my laptop this morning.
RIP Larry Hagman ,RIP JR.
I know the writers will do him justice….just a sad,sad day.
Prayers to his family and friends.

Jared
Jared

Such a loss. This man was larger than life, and his legacy will live on for generations.

Dmitri
Dmitri

OMG I can’t believe it! I thought he was a great actor and offer my condolences to those who were close to him.

k/kay
k/kay

RIP JR if only we had that great story telling now!!! We will miss you!

Christine
Christine

It was just a few months ago I briefly saw him on ET for whatever show that was. He was talking about beating his cancer and how Linda got him onto a vegetarian diet. He had hoped to live another 10 years.

So sad. He must have taken a turn all of a sudden. It’s too bad they didn’t do the DALLAS reboot years ago!

It’s wonderful how close he, Linda, and Patrick have been all these years. I watched the original DALLAS back in the 80s on Friday nights with my parents and I also saw reruns of I DREAM OF JEANNIE as a kid. I still watch it with my little ones whenever it is on.

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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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Is That You Bobby Ewing? ‘Dallas’ Favorite Patrick Duffy Dons New Look For Guest Spot On ‘American Housewife’

In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996’s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998’s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70’s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80’s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

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After the jump, watch George Kennedy as Albert on The Young and the Restless in scenes with Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow (Nick).  Then share your thoughts on the passing of this talented actor in the comment section below! (more…)

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