Loathed and Loved: What We Never Knew About J.R. Ewing

A look into the life of actor Larry Hagman, former star of hit show "Dallas"
2:05 | 11/25/12

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Transcript for Loathed and Loved: What We Never Knew About J.R. Ewing
And finally tonight here celebrating America's favorite villain he was a Friday night staple in America for so long and this weekend paying tribute JR Ewing. On this Sunday flowers at the south fork ranch north of Dallas the backdrop for the prime time soap that would define -- in America. 1980s. At the center of little Larry Hagman a Texas native himself from four point. Reveling in his -- -- evil conniving oilman Tony are you here with his wife -- -- an actress Linda gray. -- problem and unfit mother. We have to put away and that's that can literally shook me he was removed in -- -- but millions who -- in every week but they were disgusted by his ways. Who think like these we -- you don't forget and Altria and do -- others before they do -- you. When Taylor was shot 1980 cliff hanger. The world spent months asking who shot JR. In -- memoir he reveals he refused to -- in the queen mum who wanted to know who pulled the trigger. All a record broken 41 million households tuning in to learn the answer. It was -- scheming sister in law Kristen for Larry Hagman acting women to family his mother staged legend Mary Martin. Hagman himself in theater before TV a five year but his major Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie. After and the genie who loved him how -- 3 o'clock in the morning yeah. In fact when Dallas began Linda -- says she remembers the day to cast first met. She said he still look like the after not to love that -- Until we said hello Garland she said she then thought this is going to be fun. And fun it was Linda gray -- at his bedside in the end saying to her publicist he was a friend who brought joy to everyone he knew. He wasn't original. And Larry Hagman one set that -- JR's tombstone should read this is the only deal -- ever lost.

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