I am a child of the 70's and 80's, and was living in the Dallas area circa 1979-1981 and Houston, after that. There were four channels at the time. We all watched Dallas. Yes, we all knew who JR Ewing was. And, like much of America, I also wondered who had shot JR.
|He drinks your milkshake|
Son of actress Mary Martin and a native Texan, Hagman's relationship with Texas continued on and off for most of his life.* Hagman was a major wheel in TV, both in the US and abroad, where the show ran in re-runs well past when the show had been cancelled.
Later, I'd start watching re-runs of I Dream of Jeannie, where Larry Hagman played astronaut Tony Nelson. He got to be on TV with Barbara Eden every week, and that ain't bad.
|Major Nelson was never any Darren-like pushover|
Readers of this blog will also remember him from Superman: The Movie as the Army officer who bravely steps up and assists Valerie Perrine when she fakes an auto accident to distract a convoy for Lex.
|bravely, bravely ponders a stricken Valerie Perrine|
Hagman had recently returned to TV in a reboot of Dallas, and was enjoying a second wind of stardom.
Hagman passed today in a Dallas hospital.
*As a side note, the more someone is like the villainous JR Ewing, the more likely it often seems that they'll be elected governor in Texas, over and over and over.