American actor, director and producer, Larry Hagman, best known for his role as "J.R. Ewing" from the TV series Dallas poses for a photo in front of a backdrop with an image of downtown Dallas, during a reception at the University of Texas at Tyler, following his presetation of "Confessions" on Nov. 10, 2012. 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/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
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.