Larry Hagman

Texas-size villain

The love-to-hate-him character is by now a staple of TV. But rarely has there been an actor who so palpably enjoyed being love-to-hated as Larry Hagman, who died Nov. 23 at age 81 in the city of his hiss-applauded conniving oil tycoon J.R. Ewing--Dallas. A TV star (I Dream of Jeannie) before he became a soap-star villain, Hagman, the son of Broadway star Mary Martin, tapped a once-in-a-lifetime gusher of gleeful villainy. J.R. was written as a callous, cocky bastard, the evilest mind ever to occupy a ten-gallon hat. Yet what made him a TV icon was the swaggering, lusty, funky...

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