It is going to be a very sad evening on television tonight. The funeral of J.R. Ewing, played by none other than our favorite TV villain, Larry Hagman, will take place tonight on Dallas, which airs on TNT.
Hagman passed away in November of last year. Hagman played the iconic character starting when the original series launched in 1978 and was on for 14 seasons on CBS. He reprised the character a few times on reunion television movies, and of course for the re-launch of the series last year. Hagman made J.R. Ewing one of the best characters that the small screen has ever seen. We have spoken to him many times over the years and want to share some great memories with you.
The original series not only had great actors in the cast, but those actors, including Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Jim Davis, Victoria Principal, Barbara Bel Geddes and Linda Gray also had incredible chemistry. Hagman credits the casting director and the scripts which brought these characters alive. (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry Hagman)
Dallas was a hit not only in the United States, but all over the world. Hagman told us that Dallas aired at a time when the economy was not in very good shape, and that he always got a good laugh about these millionaire men still living at home with their parents and sharing a bathroom. (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry Hagman)
With the new series having success again, many new generations are now going back to watch the original series. Hagman told us that he believed that after all these years, J.R. Ewing is still a relevant figure, especially if one were to closely examine today’s political environment. (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry Hagman)
J.R. Ewing was so popular that Hagman recalled that bumper stickers were made during the 1980 presidential election to vote for his fictional character, and that J.R. actually received 30,000 votes! (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry Hagman )
Hagman reminisced with us about the early days of filming the show in Dallas, before the show became popular. He would take the cast out to restaurants, and to get a good table, he would remind them that he was previously on the iconic series, I Dream of Jeannie (with Barbara Eden from 1965-1970) (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry Hagman)
Larry Hagman will be sorely missed, but his presence on television will live on forever. Check out J.R. Ewing’s funeral tonight on Dallas.
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