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Actor who found fame as the machiavellian Texan oilman in Us soap dies in Dallas hospital after battle against throat cancer

Larry Hagman, who played one of television's most infamous villains – the amoral oil tycoon Jr Ewing – in the longrunning soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81.

The actor's family confirmed his death after the Dallas Morning News reported Hagman had died of complications from throat cancer in hospital in the city on Friday. He had suffered from liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.

Hagman first found fame in 1965 staring in I Dream of Jeannie, a popular television sitcom in which he played Major Anthony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a beautiful genie in a bottle.

But it was his role as the machiavellian oilman Jr Ewing in Dallas that made Hagman an international star. The soap, which ran for 13 seasons »

- David Batty

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