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Overview (5)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died in Dallas, Texas, USA  (complications from myelodysplastic syndrome due to throat cancer treatments)
Birth NameLarry Martin Hagman
Nicknames Mad Monk of Malibu
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his mother's place, who had remarried and was launching a Broadway career. After attending Bard College in New York State, he decided to follow his mother's acting road. His first stage tryout was with the Margo Jones Theatre-in-the-Round in Dallas, Texas. He then appeared in the New York City Center production of "Taming the Shrew", followed by a year in regional theater. In his early-to-mid twenties, Larry moved to England as a member of the cast of his mother's stage show, "South Pacific", and was a member of the cast for five years. After that, he enrolled in the United States Air Force, where he produced and directed several series for members of the service.

After completing his service in the Air Force, Larry returned to New York City for a series of Broadway and off-Broadway plays, esp. "Once Around the Block", "Career", "Comes a Day", "A Priest in the House", "The Beauty Part", "The Warm Peninsula", "The Nervous Set" among many others. He began his television career in 1961 with a number of guest appearances on shows as "The ALCOA Hour". He was later chosen to be in the popular daytime soap opera The Edge of Night (1956), in which he starred for two years. But that was his start, he later went on to become the friendliest television star in the NBC sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965), in which he played the amiable astronaut Anthony Nelson. In the series, his life was endangered by this gorgeous blonde bombshell genie played by Barbara Eden. The series ran for five years and after that, he continued his success in The Good Life (1971) and Here We Go Again (1973), as well as a number of guest-starring roles on many series. He was also with Lauren Bacall in the television version of the hit Broadway musical Applause (1973).

In 1977, the soap opera Dallas (1978) came aboard and Larry's career was secured. He credits "Superchick" for convincing him to do the show. This program of an excessively rich Texas family, was one of the best, beloved, most-watched shows of all time as he portrayed the role of the evil yet perverted millionaire J.R. Ewing, the man who loved to be hated. The series ran for an amazing 14 1/2 seasons and the "Who shot J.R.?" episode remains the second highly-rated television show in the history of the satellite. Since his name was familiar with Texas, it was suiting that he hosted "Lone Star" (1985), an eight-part documentary series related to the history of Texas, for the Public Television Stations. That aired while celebrating the 150th anniversary of Texas as an independent republic. In the spring of 1987, Kari-Lorimar released "Larry Hagman--Stop Smoking for Life". Proceeds from this home video were donated to the American Cancer Society.

In July 1995, he needed a liver transplant in order for him to regain his life back after years of strong drinking that led to cirrhosis. He went over to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for this where he spent seven weeks in the hospital, and an operation took 16 hours but saved his life. In July 1996, one year after he had a new liver, he served as the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games presented by the National Kidney Foundation and, on November 2, he later received the Award for his efforts in escalating public awareness of the concept of organ donation. He continued to serve as an advocate of organ donation and transplantation until his death. In November 1996, he starred in Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996), a 2-hour movie in which the ratings were a huge success for CBS, as well as in the network's drama series Orleans (1997) when his role of Judge Luther Charbonnet gave him some of the best reviews of his 36-year-career.

When he was feeling better than he had for so many years, he completed his two movie projects: The Third Twin (1997), a four-hour miniseries based on the author's best-selling novel, that aired on CBS, and Mike Nichols's Primary Colors (1998), a film based on the best-selling book by a journalist, Joe Klein. Starring in that film were John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Adrian Lester. Larry played Governor Picker, an antipolitics politician who stands a grave danger crisis to the governor's bid for office. Primary Colors was his second presidential film having also appeared in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). Following these movies, his second Dallas reunion movie, Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998), aired on CBS. He also served as executive producer.

Away from films, Larry was actively involved in a series of civic and philanthropic events. An adamant non-smoker, he served as the chairperson of the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout", from 1981 to 1992. Larry Hagman died at age 81 on November 23, 2012 at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas from complications of throat cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Maj Hagman (18 December 1954 - 23 November 2012) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Cowboy hat
His gleaming smile.
Southern accent.
Smoky, gravelly voice.
The role of JR Ewing on Dallas (1978).

Trivia (139)

Broke his collar bone when he was a child.
Offered to pay for drug rehab for Robert Downey Jr. in 1996, after Downey asked to borrow $100,000 from him.
Had a ring made from the gallstones that were removed during his liver transplant.
He met his wife while he was stationed in England, UK.
He refused to speak one day a week, simply as a test of his self discipline.
Father of: Preston Hagman and Heidi Hagman, who appeared in the "All in the Family" spinoff, Archie Bunker's Place (1979).
[1995] Had a liver transplant.
Earned a reported $75,000 to $100,000 an episode for Dallas (1978) in 1980.
Required autograph seekers to sing a song for him or tell him a joke before giving his autograph. He said that he did it so he got 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 United States Air Force.
Was once Chairman of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.
Enjoyed hunting, skiing, backpacking, fishing, sailing, collected canes, hats and flags, collecting art, golfing, drinking and touring in his personally designed custom motorhome.
His idols were: Jack Benny, John Wayne, Dick Powell, and his future Dallas (1978) leads Barbara Bel Geddes and Jim Davis.
Was a huge supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Used to live next door to Burgess Meredith in the early 1980s.
Was a longtime 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.
Bridget Fonda's godfather.
His wife is from Sweden, and they owned a house in her old hometown Sundsvall that they visited every year.
Turned down the starring role on the short-lived sitcom The Waverly Wonders (1978) in favor of Dallas (1978).
Granddaughters: Rebecca, Nora, Tara, Kaya, and Noel.
The Malibu house in which he used to live is now owned by the singer Sting.
Was the next-door-neighbor, in Malibu, of legendary drummer Keith Moon of The Who, whom he met on the set of the movie Stardust (1974).
Son of Mary Martin.
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).
He was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of Dallas (1978).
Was 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).
Was an avid fan of The Sopranos (1999).
Bore a striking resemblance to professional wrestling announcer Jim Ross. Ross is often simply referred to as "J.R.".
Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as J.R. Ewing in Dallas (1978) and as Major Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie (1965).
Attended the Dublin Races in 2008.
His mother called him Lukey when he was a child.
Spent much of his childhood in Weatherford, Texas.
Just before his future Dallas (1978) co-star, Patrick Duffy was born, Hagman would frequently visit Duffy's parents' home, as a teenager. Years later, he suggested to Patrick that he audition for a role on Dallas (1978), and didn't know who Hagman was at the time.
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Texas.
Remained good friends with Patrick Duffy, during and after Dallas (1978).
Out of the original cast members of Dallas (1978), he was the only one that is originally from the state of Texas. Susan Howard, who later joined the cast as Donna Culver, is also from Texas.
His ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Charlene Tilton, was the only member of the cast to attend his 70th birthday party in 2001.
According to Dallas (1978) co-star, Linda Gray, said in an interview that Hagman reconciled with his mother after the loss of his stepfather.
At his wife's suggestion, he auditioned for the lead role of J.R. Ewing in Dallas (1978). Fortunately, he won the role.
Diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in June 2011, was cancer free for nearly the entire year in 2012, until just prior to his death. .
Dated Joan Collins while in England.
Each and every year, he bestowed his ex-Dallas (1978) co-star Cathy Podewell flowers on her birthday.
His idol when he was very young was Jim Davis, who in turn played his TV father on Dallas (1978) until Davis's death in 1981. Had the portrait of his idol hanging in his house until the day he died. He and the rest of his Dallas (1978) co-stars, attended the funeral of his idol, Jim Davis, on 1 May 1981.
Before he was a successful actor, he was digging ditches and bailing hay in his hometown of Weatherford, Texas.
Successfully talked Patrick Duffy into returning to Dallas (1978) for the show's tenth season.
Always refused to talk about his role on I Dream of Jeannie (1965) until 2001.
Was reunited with I Dream of Jeannie (1965) series' lead, Barbara Eden, for the final season of Dallas (1978).
Did not get along with his stepfather at all, before Richard Halliday's death in 1973.
His future Dallas (1978) co-star, Charlene Tilton, was said to be a childhood television hero before she co-starred with him in the series.
His mother, Mary Martin, died on November 3, 1990, just 1 month before her 77th birthday.
Was a spokesperson of American Cancer Society of the 1980s, who encouraged people to quit smoking.
With the encouragement of Dallas (1978) co-star, Patrick Duffy, he quit smoking and drinking after over 45 years. Hagman began drinking as a teenager.
Lived in the same area of his ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Steve Kanaly.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
In high school, he fell in love with the stage in particular with the warm reception he got for his comedic roles.
Graduated from Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Texas in 1949.
When Barbara Bel Geddes took a medical leave on Dallas (1978) at the end of the eighth season, at one point he suggested his real-life mother (Mary Martin) replace Bel Geddes' as Miss Ellie.
Due to health reasons, he quit drinking, smoking, and eating meat and dairy products.
As of 2012, his wife Maj Hagman has advanced Alzheimer's disease and lives in a rented flat near his house. She is attended to by five live-in nurses.
He played the same character (J.R. Ewing) in three different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
Former neighbor of Tom Brokaw.
Alongside Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Lee, Edward Asner, Marla Gibbs, William Shatner, Adam West, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones and Alan Alda, Hagman was one of the few actors in Hollywood who lived into their 80s or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
His final guest-starring role was on Desperate Housewives (2004).
Larry Hagman passed away on November 23, 2012. This was just 1 month before his 58th Wedding Anniversary to Maj Hagman.
According to ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Charlene Tilton, after his death, she said in an interview, while she was a teenager, she lived with her single mother, before Hagman came in to become her surrogate father, while starring in Dallas (1978), who taught her how to behave professionally.
Always asked Sidney Sheldon questions about the difficulty in scripts for I Dream of Jeannie (1965).
Had screen tested for the role of Maj. Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie (1965). He even beat out Robert Conrad for a co-starring role, opposite Barbara Eden as her master.
Just before his death, he reprised his role as JR Ewing in Dallas (2012).
Before he was a successful actor, he worked for oil field-equipment maker Antelope Tool Company for one summer and witnessed the eldest son of the company founder win a battle to succeed him.
When I Dream of Jeannie (1965) began, a crisis cropped up right away: Series star Barbara Eden was pregnant. This forced the quick filming of 10 episodes. Problems developed immediately between him, who was determined to make the show the best it could be, and director Gene Nelson, who insisted that they follow the script to the letter. Each man wanted the other fired. Due to NBC's preference, Larry prevailed.
During the last 3 seasons of Dallas (1978), when he became the co-executive producer of the show, he went to England and had Holland and Holland gave him a shotgun.
Owned 5 Toyota Prius Hybrids.
The reason he wanted to stay on Dallas (1978) is because he wanted to work with Barbara Bel Geddes, who starred as his mother.
Played Barbara Bel Geddes's son in Dallas (1978), although in real-life Hagman was only 9 years Bel Geddes's junior.
His father, Ben Hagman, had a massive stroke and was in a coma, and subsequently died on July 15, 1965.
Did not reprise his role in 2 I Dream of Jeannie (1965) reunion movies, because he was busy starring in Dallas (1978), and was taking a vacation with his family.
His son Preston Hagman was named after his grandfather and great-grandfather, Preston, who died when his father was only 7.
His grandfather, Preston Martin, died in 1938, when young Larry was only 7.
His mother Mary Martin died on the day she got married in 1990.
When his mother Mary Martin was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, Martin was a Kennedy Center Honoree that year. At the awards show, Hagman gave a funny and poignant tribute to his mother, who was in the audience.
His children Preston Hagman and Heidi Hagman both appeared on various episodes of Dallas (1978).
He said his favorite show to date was Dallas (1978).
Upon his death he was cremated; his ashes were scattered at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas.
His show Dallas (1978) was filmed at an actual place called Southfork Ranch.
At the beginning of the second season of the revised Dallas (2012) series, he reduced his appearances because he needed to undergo chemotherapy.
He appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) five times.
His Dallas (1978) co-star, Ken Kercheval, said Hagman's character, JR Ewing was the total opposite of what Hagman was in real-life.
Had guest-starred on the second episode of Dallas (1978)'s spin-off series Knots Landing (1979), as JR Ewing.
Met Donna Mills on The Good Life (1971), where the two remained best friends for 41 years until Hagman's death in 2012.
His ex-Dallas (1978) co-star and friend Joan Van Ark attended his 80th birthday party in 2011, despite not being a regular castmember.
His parents were Mary Martin, was a popular Broadway actress and Benjamin Hagman, who was a lawyer.
His parents were divorced when he was only 5 years old.
While temporarily moving back to Connecticut with his mother and stepfather, Hagman continued drinking heavily again, therefore, Mary Martin had no choice other than to kick him out of the house much due to the fact that Hagman was suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Was reunited with ex-I Dream of Jeannie (1965) co-star, Barbara Eden on both series: A Howling in the Woods (1971) and Dallas (1978).
His family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1938, when young Larry was only 7.
Began his career appearing in Broadway plays and musicals in 1950.
Had worked with Joan Van Ark in episodes of two different series: Dallas (1978) and its spin-off Knots Landing (1979).
In order for Hagman to get the role of Maj. Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie (1965), he did the voice-over in Russian for the show The Rogues (1964). He was also convinced to get the role when Gig Young was unavailable, hence, Hagman won the role.
Was also a solar power enthusiast.
Before he was a successful actor, he met and used to work with a young unfamiliar actor Carroll O'Connor, who was working as an assistant stage manager for the Broadway play 'God and Kate Murphy,' in which Hagman starred.
Before he was a successful actor, he used to dance with Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, on the opening night of South Pacific at the Savoy in London, England.
His show Dallas (1978) was canceled at the end of the fourteenth season because of low ratings.
He was not David Jacobs's first choice to audition for the male lead role of J.R. Ewing on Dallas (1978), when Robert Foxworth had been offered the role. Knowing he would not play a character that was absolutely unsympathetic, Hagman immediately came in and won the role.
Met a young, unfamiliar actor Patrick Duffy in the movie, Hurricane (1974), before Hagman co-starred with him on Dallas (1978), opposite Hagman as his younger brother.
Was raised largely by his maternal grandmother while his mother became a famous stage actress.
Just before his death, his Dallas (1978) co-star, Linda Gray, played host to him at his 81st birthday luncheon at a restaurant in Dallas, Texas.
On I Dream of Jeannie (1965), he played an astronaut who was a member of the United States Air Force. In real-life, Hagman served in the United States Air Force.
Used to live in the same area as Michael Landon.
He played the same character (J.R. Ewing) on three different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
Was 1 month younger than his I Dream of Jeannie (1965) co-star Barbara Eden.
Was close friends with Hunter von Leer.
His character J.R. Ewing was so hated that Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauescu allowed ''Dallas'' to be one of the few series shown in his country and paid Hagman to show his image throughout the country as he saw his character as epitomizing the very worst of American capitalism and hoped it would turn people against the idea.
Was known to throw parties for the cast and crew at his home whenever tensions ran high on set.
Once stated that (before Dallas (1978)) young viewers often confused him with Dick York (or Dick Sargent) and DeForest Kelley.
When he wanted to audition for one of the male lead roles as J.R. Ewing in Dallas (1978), his character from I Dream of Jeannie (1965) nearly prevented him from accepting it, due the view of some of the producers that he'd been typecast, but David Jacobs didn't mind him doing a soap opera.
His Dallas (1978) co-stars, Patrick Duffy and Sasha Mitchell co-starred on the popular 1990s sitcom, Step by Step (1991), also produced by Lorimar (now Warner Bros. Television).
Next to his Dallas (1978) co-star, Linda Gray, his favorite actress from that same serial was Deborah Rennard.
Carcinoma ran in his family.
On an episode of Dallas (1978), his character read a letter from his late TV father. In real-life, he lost his own father years before the series started.
On Dallas (1978), his character drank heavily. In real-life, he also drank heavily, which led him to receiving a liver transplant in 1995..
After Dallas (1978) and until Barbara Bel Geddes's death he did not keep in touch with her.
Was a longtime friend of Richard Dawson. He used to play Frisbee at Hagman's house in Malibu, where he was living at the time.
Before his future Dallas (1978) co-star, Charlene Tilton, co-starred opposite Hagman in the series, as a little girl she used to visit Hagman's dear friend, Richard Dawson off- the set of Hogan's Heroes (1965), where Dawson used to give her gum and candy. He also took her around the set and watch him rehearse.
Maj Axelsson Hagman of Los Angeles, California, died May 31st, 2016. The loving wife of Actor Larry Hagman, she was known as an amazing hostess and mainstay of the family. Born in May, 1928 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, she was the eldest of four sisters. Her father, who had a car dealership in Sweden, told his daughter to "reach for the stars in order to get to the treetops" and Maj followed his advice moving to London and becoming an accomplished dress designer. In London she met the love of her life, a young serviceman named Larry Hagman, who had recently performed in the cast of the Broadway import musical "South Pacific," with his mother, the acclaimed New York musical theater star Mary Martin. Mag moved to New York City as a military bride and supported her husband Larry by designing and sewing costumes for night club singers while Larry worked in the New York theater. When Larry landed a starring role in the early 1960s on Hollywood's "I Dream of Jeannie," Mag turned her considerable talents to supporting Larry's ascending career while continuing to design clothes, build extraordinary homes and even custom-design Jacuzzis. Mag later shared in the joys and successes of Larry Hagman's success as "JR Ewing" on the popular hit television series "Dallas" that ran from the late 1970s through the 1980s. The couple supported philanthropic causes from the Dallas and Ojai Symphonies to organ donations and solar energy. The couple traveled the world together over five and a half decades of their marriage until Larry passed away in 2012. In the end, she surpassed the treetops and touched the stars. Maj and Larry are survived to their two children and five grandchildren.
His widow, Maj Hagman was 3 yrs. his senior.
Her ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Victoria Principal, used to live not too far from him. Before the series began, they were actually lifelong friends.
Along with Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton, Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark, he is one of only five actors to play the same character (J. R. Ewing) in all three series in the "Dallas" franchise: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
On Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996), his character stopped drinking, which was exactly what he did in real-life, after the doctors had ordered him to.
While starring in Dallas (1978), he discussed his anger over not receiving any residuals in merchandising profits from I Dream of Jeannie (1965). [1980].
He almost died of liver failure, when his liver was matched in 30 days. Hagman was sent via helicopter to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center for liver transplantation. His operation was very successful, and the doctors had ordered him to quit drinking. [22 August 1995].
Was the only Dallas (1978) cast member not to comeback at the beginning of the show's 4th season, when the "Who Shot J.R.?" media was building around, because Hagman was involved in contract negotiations. Holding out for a higher salary, Hagman did not appear in the first episode of the show until the final few minutes. Producers were faced with a dilemma whether to pay the greatly increased salary or to write his character out of the program. Lorimar Productions, the makers of the series, began shooting different scenes of Dallas (1978) which did not include Hagman. In the midst of negotiations, Hagman also took his real-life family to London, England for their July vacation. He continued to fight for his demands and network executives conceded that they wanted his character to stay on the show.
In recent years, Barbara Eden said that never before or since did she work with an actor that she had such a connection and rhythm with as Larry, both on I Dream of Jeannie (1965) and her guest role on Dallas (1978) . There was an effortlessness acting with him that she never had with anyone else.

Personal Quotes (30)

[Who said in February 2002, when appearing on the BBC's Shooting Stars]: I've been on some loony shows in my time, but this one takes the cake.
I made money. Enough so I don't have to work again. But I'd like to, I really would. But I'd want to do something interesting like Santa Claus - or God.
Barbara Eden is the most beautiful girl in the world.
I spent five years in England, I went over there with my mother in the show South Pacific and I just love it. I go back there three or four times a year. I joined the American airforce because the Korean war was going on at one time and I got my call up papers and I was supposed to report back to the United States and get my ass shot off in Korea which I didn't think was a smart idea and not only that I couldn't understand what the war was all about, I guess a lot of people could at that time but I still can't even more than I can the Vietnam war, so anyhow I enlisted in the American airforce and I was stationed in London for four years which was pretty good because I never gave up my civilian apartment in St Johns Wood. I got married, met a Swedish girl there, we've been married 46 years now.
[on the infamous "Who Shot J.R?" episode]: "Before that fateful shot rang out, I was merely bemused by the success of the character. Villainy could be fun, and that's how I played it. And if it worked. I mean I couldn't go down to the corner to pick up my copy of the Sunday New York Times without running into some nubile creature with "J.R. for President" emblazoned across her chest. Now a higher, shriller note had been added. People who once merely wanted J.R.'s autograph demanded to know who shot him as if it were their birthright, and were angry and upset when I told them, truthfully, that I didn't know.
I was born with success. Lucky for me I am able to handle it. Also, I damn well deserve it!
People I meet really want me to be J.R., so it's hard to disappoint them.
[About co-star Linda Gray after her real-life divorce]: Maj and I kind of adopted her. She was here at the house nearly every day. We'd call her first thing in the morning to make sure she was alright, we'd make sure she had dinner every night.
[Referring to his choice of final resting place for his ashes] I want to be spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 or 300 people. People eat a little of Larry.
I'm stronger now than when I started this whole rigamarole. I know I have a nice 36-year-old liver in the body of a 66-year-old man and I feel wonderful.
[In 1998]: We recycle everything else - tires, glass, paper, you name it. Why not recycle our bodies?
[About his lifelong friendship with Carroll O'Connor]: Carroll is really my mentor. He knows more [show business] than any other actor I know.
[In 1965]: I'm the kind of guy who says I am $15 overdrawn at the bank when I have $700 in the account. That's how pessimistic I am. With that in mind, I want to say that I don't know how I Dream of Jeannie can fail.
The time is ripe for a bad guy, and I'm it.
[In 1980]: I've been married 26 years and it lasts because I take my wife with me, wherever I go.
They say it's no worse than standing in front of a TV set. That's what they said about asbestos and World War II radiation experiments.
[If he were to leave Dallas (1978), then Robert Culp would take over his role which would've not upset Hagman]: I'm almost 50. I simply would have gone on to something else. As you get older, you think of things you would like to do. As of now, I've got my toy.
Naw, I asked Walter Cronkite to be vice president. Everybody loves Walter, a lot of people don't like Mr. Nixon and a lot of people don't like Don.
[Who said in 1983 upon meeting with Joan Collins for the first time]: She was the most beautiful women.
[In 1971]: I grew up in a family that had servants, including butlers - I've been around servants all my life - and somehow we got the proper procedures straightened out without calling in an expert.
[on his role of I Dream of Jeannie (1965) that was finally cancelled]: But it spelled trouble. It was hard on me. It hit me like a bang.
[on his popularity while playing the fifty-something brother/villain J.R. Ewing on Dallas (1978)]: Everybody knows a J.R. They have a boss, an uncle, a daddy, a florist who is just like him. And not just in America either. J.R. is all over the world, set aside from others in that he has been trained to succeed at any cost.
[Upon his introduction to marijuana by Jack Nicholson, as a safer alternative to his heavy drinking]: I liked it because it was fun, it made me feel good, and I never had a hangover!
[When he landed the part on I Dream of Jeannie (1965)]: They did the first season in black and white to save $500 a show. I came out; I was out of work. I had done 'The Edge of Night' in New York.
[Who said in 2011 about his stage 2 throat cancer diagnosis]: As J. R. I could get away with anything - bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love.
If you do your research on hot springs all over the world, they're usually places of peace. People, even in warring nations and so forth, they'll go and live in peace together around the hot springs, which were always considered medicinal. I firmly believe in water therapy.
[on his book]: I didn't put anything in that I thought I was going to hurt someone or compromise them in anyway, not that I had too many things in my life.
[In 1981]: A year later, when they say they didn't say what they said, I play back the tape.
[From playing the woman's master to playing a dastardly, charming villain]: I was in 'Jeannie' for sometime and I made the transition to a bad guy from a rather bumbling idiot. And I hope that this will be a slightly different edge. At my age, I suppose it's about the last one I'll have an opportunity to do. So, I'm going to have a lot of fun with this.
[In 1989]: By God, you're right, I had not thought of that. It never occurred to me.

Salary (1)

Dallas (1978) $100,000 per episode

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