Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman
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Larry Hagman Biography

Larry Hagman, born Larry Martin Hageman on September 21, 1931, is an American actor who is most famous for playing J.R. Ewing in the television soap opera Dallas. Hagman was born in Weatherford, Texas to Ben Hagman and his wife, legendary stage actress Mary Martin. He has been married to Swedish-born Maj Axelsson since 1954, and they have two children. They live in Ojai, California.

Hagman served in the United States Air Force in the entertainment unit and began his own acting career shortly after his service ended. In addition to his role on Dallas, Hagman is well known for his role as "Major Tony Nelson" on the popular television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970), in which he co-starred opposite Barbara Eden. He also directed several episodes of the show. In the years after the series, Hagman severely distanced himself from Jeannie, refusing to speak about it until 2001, the year his tell-all book Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life was published, even though he invited former co-star Eden to appear on Dallas. After Jeannie was cancelled, Hagman had two other short-lived series in the 1970s: Here We Go Again and The Good Life. He did guest appearances on television shows like Love American Style, Medical Center, and McCloud. He also appeared in such television films as Getting Away From It All (1972), Sidekicks (1974), The Return Of The World's Greatest Detective (1976), Intimate Strangers (1977), and Checkered Flag Or Crash (1977). Hagman also appeared in the theatrical films Harry And Tonto (1974), The Eagle Has Landed (1977), Superman: The Movie (1978), and Primary Colors (1998). He also directed a low-budget horror film in 1972 called Beware The Blob! Some have jokingly called this "the film that JR shot." Larry Hagman chose to break his typecast role as a "nice guy" when he accepted the leading role in Dallas, which became television's first prime time soap opera. The show is the saga of the Ewings, a rich oil family. Hagman portrayed the central character, John Ross (J.R.) Ewing, one of television's greatest villains. Hagman won wide praise for his performance as the charismatic antihero. At the conclusion of the 1979-1980 season, J.R. was shot by an unknown assailant and the burning question that summer all over the United States was, "Who shot J.R.?" When the culprit was finally revealed on November 21, 1980, the show received the highest ratings in television history at that time. Larry Hagman stayed with Dallas through 357 episodes until it was cancelled in 1991. In January 1997, Larry starred in a short lived TV series named Orleans as Judge Luther Charbonnet. It lasted only eight episodes. Politics Like many other Hollywood folk, Hagman derided President Bush before the Iraq War At a signing for his book he said "A sad figure (Bush) - not too well educated, who doesn't get out of America much. He's leading the country towards Fascism." Larry Hagman has been a member of the Peace and Freedom Party since the 1960s. Read Full Bio >>


Larry Hagman Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2006 TV Land Awards "Dallas" (1978). Won
1999 Golden Camera, Germany Millennium Award "Dallas" (1978). Won
1997 Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best TV Actor Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) (TV). Won
1996 Lone Star Film & Television Awards Texas Legend Won
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Nixon (1995). Nominated

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Larry Hagman Trivia

  • Broke his collar bone when he was a child.
  • Loves motorcycles, and owns a Harley.
  • Offered to pay for drug rehab for Robert Downey Jr. in 1996, after Downey asked to borrow $100,000 from him.
  • Has a ring made from the gallstones that were removed during his liver transplant.
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force.
  • He met his wife while he was stationed in England, UK.
  • He refuses to speak one day a week, simply as a test of his self discipline.
  • Son is Preston Hagman. Daughter, Heidi Hagman, appeared in "All in the Family" spinoff.
  • Had a liver transplant. [1996]
  • Earned a reported $75,000 to $100,000 an episode for "Dallas" (1978) in 1980.
  • Requires autograph seekers to sing a song for him or tell him a joke before giving his autograph. He says that he does it so he gets something back from his fans.
  • Attended Bard College in Anandale-on-the-Hudson, New York for one year
  • He produced and directed shows for servicemen while he was stationed in the U. S. Air Force.
  • Chairman of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout
  • Enjoys skiing, backpacking, fishing, sailing, and touring in his personally designed custom motorhome
  • Collects canes, hats and flags
  • Is a huge supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Used to live next door to Burgess Meredith in the early 1980s.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Is a long-time friend of the late Carroll O'Connor, and spoke at O'Connor's funeral on 26 June 2001. O'Connor gave Hagman's daughter, Heidi Hagman, a part in "Archie Bunker's Place" (1979) in the early 1980s.
  • His Ojai, California ranch is called Heaven.
  • Daughter, Kristina Mary Heidi Hagman, born 17 February 1958.
  • Son, Preston Hagman, born 2 May 1962.
  • Is Bridget Fonda's godfather.
  • His wife is from Sweden, and they own a house in her old hometown Sundsvall, that they visit every year.
  • Turned down the starring role on the short-lived sitcom "The Waverly Wonders" in favor of "Dallas" (1978).
  • Granddaughters: Noelle, Rebecca, and Tara.
  • The Malibu house in which he used to live is now owned by the singer Sting.
  • Was best friends with legendary Who drummer Keith Moon whom he met on the set of the movie Stardust (1974).
  • Son of Mary Martin.
  • Although he still requires autograph seekers to sing him a song or recite a poem, he no longer ask for them to tell him a joke because the fans would tell him dirty jokes.
  • Made his stage debut as a Seabee in the London production of "South Pacific", which starred his mother. In 1989, Mary Martin would recall, "Larry could really sing, too. Still can, but he doesn't like to". Another Seabee, also making his stage debut in the production, was Sean Connery.
  • Was one of the few players on "Dallas" (1978) to stay on for the entire series.
  • Holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actor in an hour-long prime time dramatic series, for his 357 appearances on "Dallas" (1978).
  • Is the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of "Dallas" (1978).
  • Is good friends with Donna Mills. She starred with him as his wife in a short-lived 1971 sitcom, just 9 years before she starred with him again on, "Knots Landing" (1979).
  • Is an avid fan of "The Sopranos" (1999).
  • Bears a striking resemblance to professional wrestling announcer Jim Ross. Ross is often simply referred to as "J.R."


Larry Hagman Photos

  • Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman

    "Dallas" TV Series Launch Party at Old Billingsgate Market in London on August 21, 2012

  • Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy

    2012 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala - The World Premiere of 40th Anniversary Restoration of "Cabaret" - Arrivals

  • Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman

    The Paley Center for Media and Warner Bros. Celebrate Opening of "Television: Out of the Box" - Arrivals

  • Larry Hagman

    Celebrity Sightings at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on May 2, 2011

  • Larry Hagman, Ruby Rubacuori Karima el Mahroug and Richard Lugner

    2011 Vienna Opera Ball

  • Larry Hagman

    AARP The Magazine's 10th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards - Arrivals

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