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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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:
As the pop culture world mourns the loss of Larry Hagman, producers of TNT's hit Dallas reboot are set to begin scripting a proper finale for his unforgettable, supervillain J.R. Ewing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hagman filmed six of Seasn 2's 15 episodes, set to premiere Jan. 28.
While there is no word on how Hagman's passing will impact production for the remainder of the season, it reportedly won't alter the premiere's schedule. Said Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin in a joint statement:
"Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history," the statement said. "He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
The entertainment community is reeling from the loss of Larry Hagman. He was 81. The legendary I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas actor died Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital. He had been battling cancer. Said a family spokesperson:
“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the family said in a statement. “Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”