Larry Hagman Dead: 'Dallas' Star Passes Away at Age 81

Actor famous for playing J.R. Ewing on popular tv drama remembered.
2:28 | 11/24/12

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Transcript for Larry Hagman Dead: 'Dallas' Star Passes Away at Age 81
the passing of a tv icon. Larry hagman died yesterday, suffering from complications from his battle with cancer. The star of "dallas" and "i dream of jeanie" will be remembered for his character, j.R. Ewing. He was as charismatic as he was evil. He was one of the most colorful and villainous characters on television. J.R. Ewing. You'll find other ways to skin a cat. Reporter: When larry hagman took the role on, it was only supposed to last a few weeks. But "dallas" became a hit and part of television history. In his last sitdown interview with wfaa, hagman revealed -- I thought we would get six shows out of this and walk away and go on vacation. Reporter: No vacation, as hagman's character, the mischievous oil tycoon and his antics made "dallas" one of the BIGGEST HITS IN THE '80s. And recently, hagman and his co-stars were reunited as the show was retooled for modern times. I hate to hit a man below the belt. But you know I will. Reporter: He also made the cowboy hat cool to wear. Hagman died last night due to complications from throat cancer. The family released a statement saying, 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. In 1995, hagman battled cirrhosis of the liver and was later given a transplant. He revealed his illness was the result of heavy drinking that started when he was a teen. I liked to be drug kicking and screaming into another 13 years. Reporter: The texas native served in the air force before he came into our living rooms. Starring in five, hit television series throughout his 50-year career. But no doubt, before making his name as j.R., He hit the jackpot in 1965, when he played another iconic role. Major nelson, barbara eden's television master in "i dream of jeanie." I must have gone further into orbit than I thought. Reporter: Hagman will not soon be forgotten. Texas legend, indeed. And his co-star, linda gray, who played his wife, she issued a statement saying, larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the pied piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. They remained friends after the show. A real giant. Let's check the forecast,

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