FILE - In this Oct. 17, 1963 file photo, Broadway star Mary Martin is congratulated backstage after the opening of her new musical "Jennie" at New York's Majestic Theater. From left are Beatrice Lillie Richard Halliday, husband of Mary Martin, Heller Weir, daughter of Mary Martin, and Martin's son Larry Hagman. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Ray Howard, File)
Gallery: Remembering Larry Hagman
Nov. 24, 2012 @ 11:22 AM
With his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron J.R. Ewing — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas." The actor, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, died Friday.