Best of 2012

Remembering the Stars We Lost This Year

From Whitney and Dick to Nora and Larry, we say farewell to the celebs, icons and trailblazers who've shaped our world

LARRY HAGMAN

Best known for his iconic role as lovable villain J.R. Ewing on the popular '80s primetime soap Dallas, Hagman also costarred with Barbara Eden as the astronaut Major Anthony Nelson on NBC's popular I Dream of Jeannie, which ran for five seasons starting in 1965. But it was his portrayal of the scheming oilman on Dallas, a role he recently reprised on the TNT reboot of the show, that made him an international sensation – one who "was loved by everyone," his agent Joel Dean tells PEOPLE. Among those were Hagman's dear friends and Dallas costars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who said of his friend, who passed away Nov. 23 after a battle with throat cancer at the age of 81, "Friday, I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life."