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Originally posted 11/24/2012 12:00AM
Larry Hagman, a larger-than-life TV personality best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on the primetime soap Dallas, died Friday of complications from throat cancer.
The star, who was the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin (South Pacific, Peter Pan) and Texas attorney Benjamin Hagman, was 81. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Maj Hagman, their two children and their grandchildren.
"When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones," his family said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."
Originally posted 11/20/2012 07:45PM
"Matteo V. Akoskin is finally in our arms," the actress, who also shared a sweet snapshot, Tweeted
Originally posted 08/11/2012 09:20AM
The title for Wednesday's Dallas finale easily could have been a spoiler within itself: "Revelations."
The label was also appropriate, given that the episode delivered the biggest bombshell yet to detonate on the TNT show – that Rebecca Barnes Ewing is actually Pamela Rebecca Barnes, as in the daughter of oil tycoon J.R. Ewing's original rival, Cliff Barnes.
It was a revelation Julie Gonzalo had to keep to herself when she first signed on to play Christopher Ewing's wife in the oil and cattle-ranching primetime soap opera that is a reboot of the immensely popular 1978-91 CBS series.
"Obviously the crew knew," the actress, 30, tells PEOPLE. "It was kind of amazing when everybody got the final script, and I'm like, 'Ha ha, I knew that!' I'm very good at keeping secrets sometimes."
Originally posted 06/14/2012 03:30PM
Dallas is back! And so are scheming brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing. TNT's reboot of the classic primetime soap kicked off with its series premiere Wednesday night, and the backstabbing brothers did not disappoint.
But the new version of the show focuses on their sons, John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe). These two good-looking cousins pick up right where their feuding fathers left off.
Like his dad, John Ross is ambitious and wants to stick with the family business: oil. But Christopher, who was adopted by Bobby and his first wife Pam, is seeking an alternate energy source in methane mining, which goes in line with the wishes of his late grandmother, Ellie Ewing, who declared in her will that there would be no drilling on the family's iconic ranch, Southfork.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 08:35AM
Like finding an abandoned Teddy Ruxpin at a garage sale or discovering a Swatch watch at the bottom of a Trivial Pursuit box, hearing the theme song to Dallas opens an instant wormhole to the '80s.
Wisely preserving the iconic tune – along with the now-retro scrolling opener – this updated take on the classic nighttime soap pulls off a 10-gallon-hat trick: It's both old and new, a comfy piece of nostalgia that doubles as a fresh guilty pleasure.
The secret is the blended cast, which successfully mixes fan favorites from the original (only Victoria Principal, who played Pam, is M.I.A.) with sexy Southfork newcomers. Ewing brothers J.R. (the ever-irascible Larry Hagman, letting his overgrown eyebrows do the heavy dramatic lifting) and Bobby (a still-buff Patrick Duffy) remain at odds, while their sons carry on the family feud.
Originally posted 01/06/2012 05:00PM
Fans were already on the alert for a Dallas reunion when the rebooted version of the popular 1980s drama begins this summer, but viewers will get an earlier taster when three of the show's stars present at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards later this month.
Larry Hagman (who plays J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (J.R.'s brother Bobby) and Linda Gray (J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen) will be presenters at this year's awards show, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis said Friday.
The three were original cast members, and have also signed on for the highly anticipated 2012 version, which will air on TNT.
Originally posted 10/27/2011 06:00AM
Intrigue. Passion. Great scenery. And it's only just begun!
Dallas is back, at least as far as the cameras are concerned. The first day of location shooting in Texas recently took place (watch a clip below), in anticipation of a summer 2012 debut of the rebooted series, this time on TNT.
Having originally run from 1978 to 1991 on CBS, the drama about the oil- and cattle-rich Ewing family will continue with new episodes focusing upon J.R. Ewing's grownup son John Ross Ewing III and Bobby Ewing's adopted son Christopher Ewing.
Those roles have been filled respectively by two alums of Desperate Housewives, Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe.
The new version will also find original stars Larry Hagman (as J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (J.R.'s brother Bobby) and Linda Gray (J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen) back in the saddle – despite the recent announcement by Hagman, 80, that he is battling cancer.
Originally posted 10/14/2011 04:15PM
Larry Hagman, who played the villainous J.R. Ewing on the 1980s nighttime soap Dallas, is battling cancer.
"As J.R. I could get away with anything – bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer," Hagman, 80, says in a statement. "I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer."
Despite his illness, Hagman, who has signed on for TNT's reboot of the drama, which is due to start production Monday, says the show must go on.
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