J.R. Ewing may not have had much use for "foundling" nephew Christopher, but next generation Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe was honored to share screentime with the character's portrayer Larry Hagman. Tweeted Metcalfe:
Ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing and alcoholic, former Miss Texas Sue Ellen Shepard had one of primetime television's ugliest marriages; actually, two of primetime television's ugliest marriages, since they were hitched twice on the original Dallas! Once the director yelled "CUT!" it was a totally different story for J.R. and Sue Ellen's portrayers Larry Hagman and Linda Gray, who reunited in 2011 to begin filming TNT's Dallas continuation.
Gray, who was reportedly at Hagman's bedside when he died, tweeted the following about her pal and co-star:
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I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden on Larry Hagman: "He Was Such a Key Element in My Life For So Long"By Jamey Giddens on November 24, 2012
Before he was J.R. Ewing, the late Larry Hagman contended with a sexy, 2,000-year-old genie on the popular 1960's sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Hagman played Major Anthony Nelson, the ever-flustered "master" and love interest of Barbara Eden's titular Jeannie. Eden took to her Facebook blog to share her thoughts on her former co-star's passing. Said Eden:
As I received the news this evening and as you read this I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed. I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever.
He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times. Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn't fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again ‘Larry’ in all his Big Texas bravado.
I, like many others believed he had beat Cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Maj, his son and daughter and his grandchildren, as well as his friends in this time of his passing. I can honestly say that we've lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana.
Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.
J.R. Ewing (the late Larry Hagman) and Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) may be mortal enemies on Dallas, but in real life Kercheval is mourning the loss of "a friend and long time partner" this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's what the actor tweeted: