Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman

Highest Rated: 93% Fail-Safe (1964)

Lowest Rated: 42% In Harm's Way (1965)

Birthday: Sep 21, 1931

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

The son of Broadway actress Mary Martin, Larry Hagman was born September 21st, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents divorced, he lived with his grandmother in California until the time of her death. Hagman, 12 years old at the time, then returned to his mother who was working on the Broadway stage. After attending Bard College in Anandale-on-the-Hudson for one year, his own early efforts at breaking into showbiz began at the Margo Jones Theatre-in-the-Round in Dallas, and soon after in The Taming of the Shrew at the New York City Center. While working as a cast member on his mother's hit show South Pacific, Hagman took up residence in England and ended up staying there for five years. During that time he joined the U.S. Air Force where he found time to produce and direct several theater productions. It was also during that time that he met and fell in love with Maj Axelsson, a young Swedish designer. They were married in December of 1954. Back in the U.S., Hagman began to make progress in his career, tallying up several TV guest-star appearances (including, presciently, a smiling villain on an episode of Sea Hunt), a regular role as lawyer Ed Gibson on the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, and a beautifully played supporting role as a Russian/ English interpreter in the nuclear nailbiter Fail Safe. In 1965, Hagman received his most prominent acting assignment to date as eternally flustered astronaut Tony Nelson on the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. After five years of Jeannie, Hagman took a few film and TV-movie parts, co-starred with Donna Mills on the 1971 sitcom The Good Life, co-starred with Lauren Bacall in the TV rendition of the Broadway musical Applesauce, acted and directed in the low-grade horror spoof Beware! The Blob. Hagman's best-ever TV stint was as the charming but conniving J. R. Ewing on the nighttime TV serial Dallas, a role he played from 1978 through 1990. At first reluctant to accept the role, Hagman acknowledges that it was his wife Maj's encouragement that convinced him to do the series. Proof of Hagman's drawing power as J.R. came when, at the end of the 1979-80 season, the character was shot down by a mysterious assailant--setting the stage for the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode, one of the highest-rated telecasts of all time. After the cancellation of Dallas in 1991, Hagman was forced to slow down his busy schedule due to an ongoing battle with liver cancer, and in August of 1995 he was the recipient of a liver transplant, a procedure that saved his life. Hagman's public life has always included a variety of civic and philanthropic undertakings. A staunch non-smoker, Hagman acted as the chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout for nine years, and following his 1995 surgery, he became the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and was recognized by the foundation for his role in increasing public awareness in regards to organ donation. In 1997, Hagman made a television comeback as the Honorable Judge Luther Charbonnet in the critically acclaimed CBS series Orleans, and in 1998 he appeared in the popular political satire Primary Colors. Hagman resumed his portrayal of J.R. Ewing opposite Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray for the well-received TNT revival of Dallas that began in the summer of 2012, but that turn was short lived; in November of that year, the actor succumbed to complications from cancer. He was 81.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Solartaxi: Around the World with the Sun Actor 2011
72% Fuel Actor 2008
No Score Yet Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork Actor 2004
No Score Yet After Dallas Actor 2002
No Score Yet Doing Dallas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Dallas: War of the Ewings Executive Producer J.R. Ewing Producer 1998
81% Primary Colors Gov. Fred Picker 1998
No Score Yet Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin' Berrington Jones 1997
No Score Yet Dallas: J.R. Returns Executive Producer J.R. Ewing 1996
74% Nixon `Jack Jones' 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? Director 1994
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle Actor 1993
No Score Yet Dallas: The Early Years J. R. Ewing (as an adult) 1986
No Score Yet Deadly Encounter Sam Hooten 1982
82% S.O.B. Dick Benson $14.9M 1981
No Score Yet The President`s Mistress Actor 1978
No Score Yet The President's Mistress Ed Murphy 1978
No Score Yet Checkered Flag or Crash Bo Cochran 1978
No Score Yet Intimate Strangers Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange Actor 1977
64% The Big Bus Parking Lot Doctor 1976
67% The Eagle Has Landed Colonel Pitts 1976
47% Mother, Jugs and Speed Murdoch 1976
No Score Yet Stardust Porter Lee Austin 1974
No Score Yet Hurricane Actor 1974
83% Harry and Tonto Eddie 1974
No Score Yet Sidekicks Quince 1974
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob Director Young Hobo 1972
No Score Yet No Place to Run Jay Fox 1972
87% The Hired Hand Actor 1971
No Score Yet A Howling in the Woods Actor 1971
No Score Yet Up in the Cellar Maurice Camber 1970
60% The Group Harald Peterson 1966
42% In Harm's Way Lt. Cline 1965
93% Fail-Safe Buck 1964
No Score Yet Ensign Pulver Billings 1964


75% Dallas
J.R. Ewing 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2012
72% Desperate Housewives
Frank 2011
75% Nip/Tuck
Burt Landau Bert Landau 2006
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2006
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night
Director 1994
No Score Yet Dallas
Executive Producer John Ross `J.R.' Ewing Jr. Director 1991
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Lessings 1977
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
DJ 1975
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Acton 1970
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Capt./Maj. Tony Nelson Maj. Nelson Maj. Nelson/Pomfret Director 1970
No Score Yet Dallas (2012)
No Score Yet Orleans
Judge Luther Charbonnet


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