Larry Hagman played the iconic oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the original Dallas and its reboot. Linda Gray played his wife, Sue Ellen. "I originally met Larry when we did the first table read for Dallas in 1977, and the last time I saw him was the day before he died on Nov. 23 in Dallas. And from the beginning to the end, he was fun and generous," Gray said.
The Cast of the First Season of 'Dallas'
"[J.R.] drives the main story [of Dallas], and he speaks the last words in his close-up during the last shot. But what Larry did in that final shot showed how he'd taken possession of his character," Dallas creator David Jacobs said. Pictured is Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (Bobby's wife Pam), Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing), Barbara Bel Geddes (Ellie Ewing), Jim Davis (Jock Ewing), Hagman and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen).
Hagman and Barbara Eden
Before he was Dallas' ruthless oil mogul, Larry Hagman was astronaut and master to Barbara Eden's 2,000-year-old genie in a bottle. The NBC sitcom I Dream of Jeannie ran from 1965-70. "Larry was one of the most intelligent actors I ever worked with," Eden recalls.
Hagman With Wife Maj, Daughter Heidi and Son Preston
Right before he died, Larry Hagman arranged for his entire family to have a Thanksgiving picnic on the Southfork set. "Then [the family] came back to the hospital to see [Hagman], and he got to speak with everyone in the family. Maybe that was enough for him because Friday morning, we got a call to go to the hospital. He'd slipped into a coma," recalls his former Dallas co-star Linda Gray.
Hagman in London
In 1980, the actor handed out fake $100 bills with his face printed on them to fans. "J.R. was a symbiotic union of actor and character - bigger than the sum of two parts," Dallas creator David Jacobs said.
Hagman with Mother Mary Martin
Hagman's mother was actress-singer Mary Martin. Here, she is pictured rehearsing for a London production of South Pacific in 1951 with her son watching.
Hagman with First Lady Nancy Reagan
Hagman played Santa Claus for the White House holiday decorations-showing on Dec. 8, 1985. First Lady Nancy Reagan gave the actor a kiss on the cheek.