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Postby greeney2 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:05 am

Just herd on the news Larry Hagman died as a result of throat cancer complications. I'll copy the article in the morning.
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Postby chiselray » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:27 am

no way...i have been following the latest Dallas series...i tell you i am devastated :( damn that !!!! :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:
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Postby chiselray » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:29 am

a linchpin actor in my eyes for great drama.... damn that :wall:

well kf this....i am signing off for a day or so...i am taking this pretty hard....i just can't believe it....one of my favs..
kf this. no way !
I don't hide my feeings ...i loved the JR character ...
I tell my fear is .... when Clint Eastwood checks out don't expect to see me for a month or so..
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Postby greeney2 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:48 am

I watched a few of the new Dallas and lost interest, how did the season turn out in the story line?


Ol Clint is an Icon, but in very good condition, jogs and is very active, never had any illnesses I remember. Larry took a lot of critism in the 90's along with Mickey Mantle who both recieved liver transplants, and people were outraged an organ would go for someone who's lifestyles got them in that condition, rather than some deserving child who had liver disease. They thought fame and fortune for both of them took them to the head of the organ doner line.
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Postby greeney2 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:50 am

Larry Hagman dead at 81, portrayed notorious TV villain J.R. Ewing
By Bill Trott | Reuters – 13 hrs ago
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Reuters/Reuters - Cast member of the TV series "Dallas" Larry Hagman arrives at the world premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of the film "Cabaret" during the opening night gala of the 2012 TCM Classic …more
(Reuters) - Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on Friday, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was 81.
Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with throat cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a statement from his family. He had suffered from liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.
Hagman's mother was stage and movie star Mary Martin and he became a star himself in 1965 on "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.
"Dallas," which made its premiere on the CBS network in 1978, made Hagman a superstar. The show quickly became one of the network's top-rated programs, built an international following and inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival in 2012.
"Dallas" was the night-time soap-opera story of a Texas family, fabulously wealthy from oil and cattle, and its plot brimmed with back-stabbing, double-dealing, family feuds, violence, adultery and other bad behavior.
In the middle of it all stood Hagman's black-hearted J.R. Ewing - grinning wickedly in a broad cowboy hat and boots, plotting how to cheat his business competitors and cheat on his wife. He was the villain TV viewers loved to despise during the show's 356-episode run from 1978 to 1991.
"I really can't remember half of the people I've slept with, stabbed in the back or driven to suicide," Hagman said of his character in Time magazine.
In his autobiography, "Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life," Hagman wrote that J.R. originally was not to be the focus of "Dallas" but that changed when he began ad-libbing on the set to make his character more outrageous and compelling.
'WHO SHOT J.R.?'
To conclude its second season, the "Dallas" producers put together one of U.S. television's most memorable episodes in which Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant. That gave fans months to fret over whether J.R. would survive and who had pulled the trigger. In the show's opening the following season, it was revealed that J.R.'s sister-in-law, Kristin, with whom he had been having an affair, was behind the gun.
Hagman said an international publisher offered him $250,000 to reveal who had shot J.R. and he considered giving the wrong information and taking the money, but in the end, "I decided not to be so like J.R. in real life."
The popularity of "Dallas" made Hagman one of the best-paid actors in television and earned him a fortune that even a Ewing would have coveted. He lost some of it, however, in bad oil investments before turning to real estate.
"I have an apartment in New York, a ranch in Santa Fe, a castle in Ojai outside of L.A., a beach house in Malibu and thinking of buying a place in Santa Monica," Hagman said in a Chicago Tribune interview.
An updated "Dallas" series began in June 2012 on the TNT network with Hagman reprising his J.R. role with original cast members Linda Gray, who played J.R.'s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, and Patrick Duffy, who was his brother Bobby. The show was to focus on the sons of J.R. and Bobby.
Hagman had a wide eccentric streak. When he first met actress Lauren Bacall, he licked her arm because he had been told she did not like to be touched and he was known for leading parades on the Malibu beach and showing up at a grocery store in a gorilla suit. Above his Malibu home flew a flag with the credo "Vita Celebratio Est (Life Is a Celebration)" and he lived hard for many years.
In 1967, rock musician David Crosby turned him on to LSD, which Hagman said took away his fear of death, and Jack Nicholson introduced him to marijuana because Nicholson thought he was drinking too much.
Hagman had started drinking as a teenager and said he did not stop until the moment in 1992 when his doctor told him he had cirrhosis of the liver and could die within six months. Hagman wrote that for the past 15 years he had been drinking about four bottles of champagne a day, including while on the "Dallas" set.
LIVER TRANSPLANT
In July 1995, he was diagnosed with liver cancer, which led him to quit smoking, and a month later he underwent a liver transplant.
After giving up his vices, Hagman said he did not lose his zest for life.
"It's the same old Larry Hagman," he told a reporter. "He's just a littler sober-er."
Hagman was born on September 21, 1931, in Weatherford, Texas, and his father was a lawyer who dealt with the Texas oil barons Hagman would later come to portray. He was still a boy when his parents divorced and he went to Los Angeles with Martin, who would become a Broadway and Hollywood musical star.
Hagman eventually landed in New York to pursue acting, making his stage debut there in "The Taming of the Shrew." In New York, he married Maj Axelsson in 1954 while they were in a production of "South Pacific. The marriage produced two children, Heidi and Preston.
Hagman served in the Air Force, spending five years in Europe as the director of USO shows, and on his return to New York he took a starring role in the daytime soap "The Edge of Night." His breakthrough came in 1965 when he landed the "I Dream of Jeannie" role opposite Barbara Eden.
In his later years, Hagman became an advocate for organ transplants and an anti-smoking campaigner. He also was devoted to solar energy, telling the New York Times he had a $750,000 solar panel system at his Ojai estate, and made a commercial in which he portrayed a J.R. Ewing who had forsaken oil for solar power. He was a longtime member of the Peace and Freedom Party, a minor leftist organization in California.
Hagman told the Times that after death he wanted his remains 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 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry."
(Writing by Bill Trott in Washington; Additional reporting by Alex Dobuszinkis in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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Postby bionic » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:35 am

Good ol Larry/JR..R.I.P.
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Postby chiselray » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:53 am

greeney2 wrote:I watched a few of the new Dallas and lost interest, how did the season turn out in the story line?


Ol Clint is an Icon, but in very good condition, jogs and is very active, never had any illnesses I remember. Larry took a lot of critism in the 90's along with Mickey Mantle who both recieved liver transplants, and people were outraged an organ would go for someone who's lifestyles got them in that condition, rather than some deserving child who had liver disease. They thought fame and fortune for both of them took them to the head of the organ doner line.


Dallas's most recent season i would say was quite good , big fan of that kind of drama ,the Ewing sons have grown up and pretty much chips of the old block.Obviously Bobbys son was adopted but still more a stone of justice as Bobby always seemed to be ,but does show the ability to bend justice a little if need be ..
The same kinda drama you would expect has unfolded through the episodes ,at one point i thought it was heading along the lines of more like an episode of teh shield or similar ,where the lines of justice become blurred ,really good in my eyes ,Jr's son was obviously bathed in Ewing oil it would seem in the earliest of episodes ,all business head and less heart for the relatives if they step on his toes.
I have to catch up on it ,i have lost the storyline since a good month ago now, maybe 2 ..
I think clint is just such a hard bastard the only thing that may kill him ,is himself.
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