FILE - In this Thursday Nov. 18, 1999 file photo, people cross the street in downtown Bucharest, Romania near an unfinished apartment building draped with a poster of U.S. actor Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing from the television show "Dallas." The poster is part of a high-profile advertising campaign for the Russian oil giant Lukoil. "Dallas" was one of the few American TV series the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu allowed to be shown on Romanian television. 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/Vadim Ghirda)
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.