Larry Hagman
American television, stage and film actor
Larry Hagman
Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless businessman J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. His supporting film roles include appearances in Fail-Safe, JFK, Nixon, and Primary Colors.
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<i>Walking Dead</i>: The Potential Downside of a Killer Ep
Huffington Post - 4 months
Advisory: no spoilers on victims. As Walking Dead fans start to exhale after Sunday's brutal season 7 opener, here's an incidental random thought: It may also have been the moment at which the show peaked. Not creatively, because no one knows where the story will go, but as a cultural phenomenon - because Sunday was the payoff of something the show did so well that it may never be able to do anything that effectively again. Specifically, it may never again create extended suspense as powerful as giving fans six months to guess whose head the evil Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) pounded into gazpacho with his trusty baseball bat Lucille. For anyone who somehow missed it, AMC's The Walking Dead ended season 6 last spring with Negan capturing most of the warriors we have come to know over six seasons. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glen (Steven Yuen), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and ot ...
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Exclusive Dallas Season 2 DVD Video: One Last Conversation with Larry Hagman
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
Dallas lost one of its founding fathers and biggest stars last season when Larry Hagman died in November 2012. [...] while the man behind those signature eyebrows, J.R. Ewing, may be buried at Southfork, there's still one last interview with Hagman. The Complete Second Season, the late Hagman sits down to discuss the worldwide appeal of the long-running series and its reboot.
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Larry Hagman's Son Preston Hagman Criticizes Emmys In Memoriam Segment: "Do It Correctly"
US Magazine - over 3 years
Sunday's 65th Annual Primetime Emmys brought some unexpected wins (Jeff Daniels) and losses (Bryan Cranston), but to some people, the biggest snub of all wasn't even an award -- it was the In Memoriam segment. Unlike past Emmys broadcasts, which have traditionally featured one long In Memoriam photo reel honoring everyone who passed away in the year leading up to the show, the 2013 Emmys singled out five stars to be memorialized by close friends or colleagues. Host Neil Patrick Harris said the idea was to keep the segment from becoming a "competition" for applause, but that idea seems to have backfired. PHOTOS: Stars we've lost in 2013 Preston Hagman -- whose dad, Dallas star Larry Hagman, died from complications of cancer at age 81 in November -- spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the controversial tributes. Larry Hagman was not selected to receive an individual eulogy; he and other beloved stars including Annette Funicello, Roger Ebert, Dennis Farina, Jeanne Cooper, and Bonni ...
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Jack Klugman’s Son Rips Cory Monteith For ‘Self Inflicted Tragedy’
Radar Online - over 3 years
Jack Klugman’s son Adam has slammed the late Cory Monteith — because the Glee star is getting an extended Emmys tribute and his Odd Couple actor dad isn’t. Adam Klugman criticized Emmy organizers for extending a special honor to Monteith, who died in July of heroin and alcohol poisoning at age 31, while putting his father into the routine “In Memoriam” reel. Referring to Monteith’s overdose, Adam Klugman said in an Associated Press interview: “They’re celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys…. Cory Monteith never won an Emmy.” PHOTOS: Celebs Who Have Battled Drinking Problems Adam, whose Quincy M.E. star father died in December at age 90, said he has nothing against Monteith but “to compare the contribution he made to the contribution my father made — it doesn’t compare. “It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very ...
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Emmy Flub: Larry Hagman (of All People!) Excluded From Special Memorial Tributes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At first blush, the very thought of choosing specific individuals to receive special memorial tributes during an awards show outside of a traditional segment honoring all of the gifted people in a certain business who passed away during the previous year strikes me as unwise, if not outright tasteless. Perhaps a kinder, gentler word to describe this decision is problematic. That would certainly seem to be the case with the announcement this week that Sunday's telecast of the Emmy Awards would in addition to the annual In Memoriam segment feature tributes to five select individuals interspersed throughout the program. A decision of this kind guarantees heated debates in the media and elsewhere about those chosen for such special recognition versus those who will be included with the rest of the recently deceased in the standard memorial clip package. Don't believe for a minute that the various executives from the Academy of Television Arts &amp; Sciences and the producers involved in ...
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Larry Hagman Estate Accuses Granddaughter of Jewelry Heist (TMZ.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
TMZ.com: Larry Hagman Estate Accuses Granddaughter of Jewelry Heist  —  Estate Accuses Granddaughter  —  Of Jewelry Heist  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  The drama in Larry Hagman's life lives on ... months after his death, because the actor's estate now claims Larry's granddaughter has committed familial treason …
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Late actor Larry Hagman's flashy "Dallas" belt buckle up for sale
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A ruby-adorned silver and gold belt buckle from the U.S. television drama "Dallas" forms the centerpiece of an auction of personal items of late actor Larry Hagman, who played the conniving oilman J.R. Ewing on the hit series.
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Late actor Larry Hagman's flashy 'Dallas' belt buckle up for sale
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A ruby-adorned silver and gold belt buckle from the U.S. television drama "Dallas" forms the centerpiece of an auction of personal items of late actor Larry Hagman, who played the conniving oilman J.R. Ewing on the hit series.
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Tony Ortega: Scientology Pays $5 Million for Larry Hagman's Ojai Estate: And Here's Why
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Yesterday, the Ventura County Star reported that the Church of Scientology's wholly owned subsidiary Social Betterment Properties International has paid $5 million cash for the late actor Larry Hagman's palatial estate in Ojai, California. Scientology's "good works" non-profit umbrella group, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), has used SBPI in the past to purchase property for its programs, including the facility that makes up its flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. But why would Scientology buy up such an expensive piece of property at this point? The church has been in acquisition mode, buying expensive buildings for its "Ideal Org" program -- but those are usually in the middle of sizable cities, not in a less populated part of California. We asked former church spokesman Mike Rinder for his speculation on this purchase... My guess is that it is for a celebrity detox/rehab facility. Maybe even something with a com ...
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Video: All That Mattered: "Dallas" premieres on CBS
CBS News - almost 4 years
On this day 35 years ago, the first episode of "Dallas" premiered on CBS, starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.
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Is Dallas Heading For The Chop As Ratings Die With JR?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
'Dallas' viewing ratings got a boost last night as viewers tuned in to see the Ewings say goodbye to JR, but it might not be enough to save the show. The funeral scenes of one of TV's great villains drew and audience of 448,000, a share of just over 5%, which is an increase on figures for previous weeks, but a massive drop on their initial audience of approximately three million, when the series reboot was first aired last year. Real tears were shed during JR's funeral scene as Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Co said goodbye to a loved one Channel 5 said today that no decision had been made on the future of the show in the UK, because its US producers, TNT, hadn't yet confirmed whether or not a third series will be made. However, the Mirror this week quoted a Channel 5 source, saying: "The remake hasn't really worked and it is expensive to buy in for the number of viewers it's attracting. "It looks as though viewers have quickly got bored. The audience was dro ...
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'Dallas': Moving Tribute To J.R. Propels Season's Mystery
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A moving tribute to Larry Hagman and his most iconic role, J.R. Ewing, on the latest episode of "Dallas." After he was shot and killed mysteriously last week, the Ewings came together to lay to rest one of the most notorious villains in the history of television. There were tributes to J.R. throughout the episode, as well as several cameos from the original run of "Dallas." Particularly moving were the tributes to J.R. from his brother Bobby and Sue Ellen. "You were the love of my life," she said. Bobby was angry and frustrated by the betrayal he felt at the hands of his wife, Ann, as well as the shocking death of J.R. His eulogy was kept brief and exemplified that frustration. "I don’t want it to be true, but it is. My brother is dead. And so now, I have to figure out just what I’m supposed to do," he said. The Hollywood Reporter called the episode a "heartfelt tribute." After his death, the family received a series of packages and letters from J.R. They learned that ...
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Dallas Producers Talk J.R. Ewing Sendoff: We Wanted To Do Right By Our Friend, Larry Hagman
Access Hollywood - almost 4 years
Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing has long been thought of as the greatest television villain of all time, but on Monday night’s “Dallas,” on TNT, the show will lay the iconic character to rest.
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Andrew J. Lederer: Hugo Chavez Is Dead Now
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Like most people, to me the name Hugo Chavez means only one thing: Citgo gasoline. I'm not sophisticated enough to know if he was such a bad guy as leader of a nation, but as a J.R. Ewing-style oilman, as far as I'm concerned, he was tops. (Then again, if Robert Kennedy Jr. is to be believed, a better comparison would be with Bobby Ewing but since Larry Hagman died too, I'll stick with J.R.) Chavez sometimes seemed to hate America, but how much can you hate a country when you own a brand of gas associated in peoples' minds with that most patriotic of institutions -- the 7-11? Every time my nephew and I would drive past a Citgo station, I would ask, "Who owns Citgo?" and he would answer -- quick as a a wink -- "Venezuela!" (Unfortunately, this question was never asked on any of his exams and he flunked world affairs -- something, I suspect, that would never have happened in Venezuela.) I have a friend who remembers, from his childhood, advertisements saying "Cities Servic ...
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Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller and Larry Hagman Snubbed During Oscars in Memoriam Tribute
US Magazine - almost 4 years
They may be gone, but they're not forgotten -- even if they weren't included during the Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" segment. During the 85th Annual Awards, the show paid tribute to many stars who passed away in the last year, including actor Michael Clarke Duncan, screenwriter Norah Ephron and composer Marvin Hamlisch. PHOTOS: Stars we lost in 2012 Due to time constraints, however, many notable Hollywood icons -- like Andy Griffith and Larry Hagman, both of whom had a slew of films in addition to their legendary TV roles -- were not featured during the ABC telecast. PHOTOS: What all the stars wore at the 2013 Oscars The Academy published a supplementary online gallery to include additional actors, performers and filmmakers who passed away, including Ann Rutherford, Donna Summer and Susan Tyrrell. Even so, the 114 slides did not include Phyllis Diller, Sherman Hemsley, Russell Means, Lupe Ontiveros, Robin Sachs, Jerry Nelson and Conrad Bain. PHOTOS: Biggest Oscar gaffes ...
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‘Dallas’ season premiere review: Larry Hagman’s J.R. remains the big draw, but John Ross is worthy evil spawn
Entertainment Weekly - about 4 years
Dallas came back with back-to-back season premiere episodes that confirmed that this reconfiguration of Dallas Classic is potent stuff —
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Denette Wilford: 'Dallas' Season 2': The Worst Casting Ever?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I've been a fan of Judith Light long before Tony Danza was hollering "Angela!" around the Bower household. My mom would record ABC's daytime lineup (you know, back when there was a daytime lineup) from Ryan's Hope to General Hospital, so I became very familiar with One Life to Live. Light's portrayal of Karen Wolek -- a bored housewife who ventures into a life of prostitution -- was multifaceted and heartbreaking. I was way too young to be watching such serious fare, but her courtroom scenes were some of the few my mother didn't record over on our trusty Betamax, so I didn't watch them until I was in my tweens. But even watching them years later, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. On One Life, Who's the Boss?, Ugly Betty, Law &amp; Order: SVU and loads of TV movies in between, Light has proved she's a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, though, even she's not good enough to sell her latest role on Dallas. Sorry, Ms. Light, but this has nothing to do with you; Dallas' ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Larry Hagman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 80
    Hagman died on November 23, 2012, at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas following complications from acute myeloid leukemia, after being interviewed for the National Geographic documentary, The '80s: The Decade that Made Us, which aired in April 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement to the Dallas Morning News, Hagman's family said: "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 New York Times described him as "one of television's most beloved villains". Upon his death, he was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas. Actress Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, called Hagman her "best friend for 35 years", and was at his bedside when he died, her agent told the BBC. In a statement, she said: "He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest."
    He died on November 23, 2012, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia.
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    Then, in July 2012, doctors diagnosed Hagman with myelodysplastic syndromes (formerly known as preleukemia).
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    As a result of Hagman's death in 2012, his character J.R. was killed off in season two of Dallas.
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    Hagman reprised his role as J.R. Ewing in TNT's continuation of Dallas, which began in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, while filming the new series, Hagman said, "Of course it's fun to play the villain."
  • 2011
    Age 79
    Hagman had an acorn-sized tumor removed from his tongue in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2012, the cancer was said to be in remission.
    In June 2011, Hagman said he had stage 2 throat cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He commented, "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."
  • 2008
    Age 76
    Maj Hagman was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and Hagman at first took the lead in caring for her, but her condition deteriorated, and by 2010, she required 24-hour nursing care.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Hagman put their 43-acre estate in Ojai up for sale, listing it at $11 million. Hagman had a long-running friendship with actor Carroll O'Connor, beginning in 1959, when Hagman was starring in the Broadway play God and Kate Murphy and O'Connor was working as an assistant stage manager. Later, as the two struggled as young actors, they rented apartments near each other in New York. Over the years, they had a lot in common; just as O'Connor concluded contract negotiations for his salary on All in the Family in 1974, missing two episodes, Hagman eventually found himself renegotiating his salary on Dallas, with similar results. Hagman's daughter, Heidi, whom O'Connor had known since her childhood, joined the cast for one season of Archie Bunker's Place. Hagman directed several episodes of O'Connor's later series, In the Heat of the Night. They both endured serious health issues, with O'Connor's heart bypass surgery, and Hagman's liver transplant. Hagman remained close after O'Connor's loss of his son Hugh, and through the rest of O'Connor's life, delivering a eulogy at the funeral.
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    In a 2007 interview, Hagman discussed his support for alternative energy.
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  • 2001
    Age 69
    In 2001, Hagman wrote his autobiography, titled Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life.
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  • 1995
    Age 63
    In 1995, Hagman underwent a life-saving liver transplant after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a heavy smoker as a young man, before quitting at age 34. He was the chairman of the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout for many years, and also worked on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation. After attending a soccer game in Bucharest, between FC Steaua București and West Ham United, he became a well-known fan of the Romanian team.
  • 1993
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Originally ordered for two TV movies and a weekly series by NBC, the pilot movie aired in November 1993 to critical drubbing and low ratings, ending production. In January 1997, Hagman starred in a short-lived television series titled Orleans as Judge Luther Charbonnet, which lasted only eight episodes. In 2002, he made an appearance in the fourth series of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's British comedy panel game, Shooting Stars. In January 2011, Hagman made a guest appearance in the seventh season of Desperate Housewives as a new husband for Lynette Scavo's mother, Stella (played by Polly Bergen). He also directed episodes of I Dream of Jeannie and The Good Life, as well as several episodes of Dallas and In the Heat of the Night, which was the only series he directed but in which he did not act.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 52
    At one point, Hagman suggested to his real-life mother Mary Martin that she play Miss Ellie, but she rejected the suggestion and Bel Geddes was briefly replaced by Donna Reed for the 1984–1985 season, before Bel Geddes returned in better health.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of its 14th season in 1991, ratings had slipped to the extent that CBS decided to end Dallas. Hagman was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes. He had also made five guest appearances on the Dallas spin-off series Knots Landing in the early 1980s. Some years after Dallas ended, Hagman appeared in two subsequent Dallas television movies: J.R. Returns in 1996, and War of the Ewings in 1998.
    In 1984, co-star Barbara Bel Geddes decided to leave the show due to the heart attack she had suffered the previous year.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 49
    He was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, between 1981 and 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest award seven times for Outstanding Villain on a Prime Time Serial, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial, Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time and Outstanding Actor in a Comic Relief Role on a Prime Time Serial, and won five times.
  • 1980
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 46
    In 1978, Hagman was offered two roles on two television series that were debuting.
    More Details Hide Details One was for The Waverly Wonders and the other for Dallas, in the role of conniving elder son and businessman J.R. Ewing. When Hagman read the Dallas script at his wife's suggestion, they both concluded it was perfect for him. Hagman based his portrayal in part on memories of the eldest son who had won the Antelope Tool Company succession battle. Seen in more than 90 countries, the show became a worldwide success, inspiring several primetime soaps. Hagman became one of the best-known television stars of the era. Producers were keen to capitalize on that love/hate family relationship of J.R., building anticipation to a fever-pitch in "Who shot J.R.? ", the 1980 cliffhanger season finale in which J.R. is shot by an unknown assailant. Ultimately, the person who pulled the trigger was revealed to be Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby) in the "Who Done It? " episode which aired on November 21, 1980. Kristin was J.R.'s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger.
  • 1973
    Age 41
    In 1973, his stepfather Richard Halliday died, and Hagman reconciled with his mother, Mary Martin, soon after.
    More Details Hide Details The two were close until her death from colon cancer in 1990.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 32
    In 1964, he made his film debut in Ensign Pulver, which featured a young Jack Nicholson.
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  • 1963
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show entered the top 30 in its first year and was NBC's answer to the successful 1960s magical comedies, Bewitched on ABC and My Favorite Martian on CBS. Two reunion movies were later made, both televised on NBC: I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991), but Hagman did not appear in either of them. He felt five years on the original show was enough, and he wanted to devote himself to dramatic work. In 1999, after 29 years, Hagman agreed to reunite with Jeannie co-stars Barbara Eden and Bill Daily and creator/producer Sidney Sheldon on the The Donny and Marie Show. In 2002, when I Dream of Jeannie was set to join the cable channel TV Land, Hagman once again took part in an I Dream of Jeannie reunion with Eden and Daily, this time on Larry King Live. On the TV Land Awards in March 2004, Hagman and Eden were the first presenters to reunite on stage. The following October, Hagman and Daily appeared at The Ray Courts Hollywood Autograph Show. And the following year, 2005 brought all three surviving stars from I Dream of Jeannie to the first cast reunion at the Chiller Expo Show.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 28
    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".
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  • 1958
    Age 26
    Hagman then appeared three times in 1958 on Lloyd Bridges' syndicated adventure series, Sea Hunt.
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    In 1958, he joined Barbara Bain as a guest star in the short-lived adventure-drama series Harbormaster.
    More Details Hide Details Hagman joined the cast of daytime soap opera The Edge of Night in 1961 as Ed Gibson, and stayed in that role for two years.
    His Broadway debut occurred in 1958 in Comes a Day.
    More Details Hide Details Hagman appeared in four other Broadway plays, God and Kate Murphy, The Nervous Set, The Warm Peninsula, and The Beauty Part. During this period, he also appeared in numerous, mostly live, television programs. Aged 25, Hagman made his television debut on an episode of Decoy.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That was followed by nearly a year in another off-Broadway play, James Lee's Career.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    In 1954, Hagman married Swedish-born Maj Axelsson (born May 13, 1928 in Eskilstuna, Södermanlands län, Sweden - died May 31, 2016 in Los Angeles, California); they had two children, Heidi Kristina (born 1958) and Preston (born 1962).
    More Details Hide Details Longtime residents of Malibu, California, they then moved to Ojai. Hagman was a member of the Peace and Freedom Party since the 1960s. Hagman derided U.S. President George W. Bush, prior to the Iraq War. At a signing for his book, he described Bush as "A sad figure, not too well educated, who doesn't get out of America much. He's leading the country towards fascism." In 1969, Hagman's friend, musician David Crosby, supplied Hagman with LSD after a concert: "LSD was such a profound experience in my life that it changed my pattern of life and my way of thinking and I could not exclude it." Hagman was introduced to marijuana by Jack Nicholson, as a safer alternative to Hagman's heavy drinking. "I liked it because it was fun, it made me feel good, and I never had a hangover." Although Hagman was a member of a 12-step program, he publicly advocated marijuana as a better alternative to alcohol.
  • 1952
    Age 20
    In 1952, during the Korean War, Hagman enlisted in the United States Air Force.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    In 1951, Hagman appeared in the London production of South Pacific with his mother, and stayed in the show for nearly a year.
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  • 1950
    Age 18
    Hagman began his career in 1950 acting in productions at Margaret Webster's school at The Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York.
    More Details Hide Details That summer, during a break from his one year at Bard College, he worked in Dallas as a production assistant and acting in small roles in Margo Jones's theater company. He appeared in The Taming of the Shrew in New York City, followed by numerous tent show musicals with St. John Terrell's Music Circus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Lambertville, New Jersey.
  • 1949
    Age 17
    He graduated from high school in 1949, and decided to pursue acting.
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  • 1946
    Age 14
    In 1946, Hagman moved back to his hometown of Weatherford and attended Weatherford High School.
    More Details Hide Details One summer, he worked for oilfield-equipment maker Antelope Tool Company. Although his father wanted Hagman to become a lawyer and join his practice, he was drawn to drama classes and reportedly fell in love with the stage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Age 8
    In 1940, Hagman's mother met and married Richard Halliday and gave birth to a daughter, Heller, the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Hagman attended a strict academy, Black-Foxe Military Institute. When his mother moved to New York City to resume her Broadway career, Hagman again lived with his grandmother in California. A few years later, his grandmother died and Hagman joined his mother in New York.
  • 1938
    Age 6
    He lived with his maternal grandmother, Juanita Presley Martin, in Texas and California while his mother became a contract player with Paramount in 1938.
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  • 1936
    Age 4
    Hagman's parents divorced in 1936, when he was five years old.
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  • 1931
    Born
    Hagman was born on September 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Mary Martin, became a Broadway actress and musical comedy star after his birth. His father, Benjamin Jackson Hagman, who was of Swedish descent, was an accountant and lawyer who worked as a district attorney.
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