Larry Hagman

Television + Stage and Film Actor
Born Sep 21, 1931

Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor, producer and director most known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas and for playing Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. His films include Fail-Safe, Superman, JFK, Nixon and Primary Colors. His television appearances continued in international soap operas and with guest roles on shows such as Desperate Housewives into the 21st century.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Larry Hagman.


1931 Birth Hagman was born on September 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas. … Read More
1936 4 Years Old Hagman's parents divorced in 1936, when he was five years old.
1938 6 Years Old He lived with his maternal grandmother, Juanita Presley Martin, in Texas and California while his mother became a contract player with Paramount in 1938.
1940 8 Years Old In 1940, Hagman's mother met and married Richard Halliday and gave birth to a daughter, Heller, the following year. … Read More


1946 14 Years Old In 1946, Hagman moved back to his hometown of Weatherford and attended Weatherford High School. … Read More
1949 17 Years Old He graduated from high school in 1949, and decided to pursue acting.
1950 18 Years Old Hagman began his career in 1950 acting in productions at Margaret Webster's school at The Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York. … Read More
1951 19 Years Old In 1951, Hagman appeared in the London production of South Pacific with his mother, and stayed in the show for nearly a year.


1952 - 1954 2 More Events
1956 24 Years Old Stationed in London, he spent the majority of his military service entertaining U.S. troops in the United Kingdom and at bases in Europe. After leaving the Air Force in 1956, Hagman returned to New York City, where he appeared in the off-Broadway play Once Around the Block, by William Saroyan. … Read More
His Broadway debut occurred in 1958 in Comes a Day. … Read More
1960 28 Years Old In 1960, he was cast in the CBS summer medical series Diagnosis: Unknown in the role of Don Harding in the episode, "The Case of the Radiant Wine".


1963 31 Years Old In 1963 and 1964, he appeared twice in segments of the CBS legal drama, The Defenders After nearly eight years of guest-starring in various television series, Hagman was cast as "genie" Barbara Eden's television "master" and eventual love interest, Air Force Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson in the NBC situation comedy I Dream of Jeannie, which ran for five seasons from 1965 to 1970. … Read More
1964 32 Years Old In 1964, he made his film debut in Ensign Pulver, which featured a young Jack Nicholson.


1973 41 Years Old In 1973, his stepfather Richard Halliday died, and Hagman reconciled with his mother, Mary Martin, soon after. … Read More
1978 46 Years Old In 1978, Hagman was offered two roles on two television series that were debuting. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old For his performance as J.R. Ewing, Hagman was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1980 and 1981, but did not win.
1981 49 Years Old He was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, between 1981 and 1985. … Read More


1984 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, co-star Barbara Bel Geddes decided to leave the show due to the heart attack she had suffered the previous year.


1993 61 Years Old …  In 1993, Hagman starred in Staying Afloat as a down-on-his-luck former millionaire who agrees to work undercover with the FBI to maintain his playboy lifestyle. … Read More
1995 63 Years Old In 1995, Hagman underwent a life-saving liver transplant after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. … Read More
2001 69 Years Old In 2001, Hagman wrote his autobiography, titled Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life.
2007 75 Years Old In a 2007 interview, Hagman discussed his support for alternative energy.
2008 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On a 2008 episode of Living With Ed, Hagman and his wife showed actor Ed Begley Jr., their solar powered, super energy efficient home named "Heaven" and talked about their green lifestyle.
2011 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2011, Hagman said he had stage 2 throat cancer. … Read More
Hagman reprised his role as J.R. Ewing in TNT's continuation of Dallas, which began in 2012. … Read More
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