Just three weeks after Larry Hagman died of complications from cancer, TNT's Dallas has locked in a plan to pay tribute to the ten gallon-hatted TV legend who will forever be known to fans as J.R. Ewing. TV Line reports that the network will devote the eighth episode of season two, airing March 11, to J.R.'s funeral. And it's rumored that characters from the original long-running Dallas series—characters who haven't yet been seen on TNT's reboot—may be in attendance to pay their respects.
Hagman completed filming a number of episodes before his sudden Nov. 23 death, and production on season two (debuting Jan. 28) was not significantly affected. Dallas' writers were even able to retrench and script this proper tribute to the man who proved famously invincible to bullets. Let the speculation begin as to what blasts from Dallas' past will be in attendance at the biggest funeral South Fork will ever see.
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Hagman, who played ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in soap opera Dallas, passed away on 23 November (12) at the age of 81 after succumbing to throat cancer and leukaemia.
The star's family held two invitation-only services in Los Angeles and Dallas this weekend (01-02Dec12), while members of the public were given a chance to remember Hagman at a celebration of his life on the grounds of Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, where scenes for the TV show are filmed.
Afternoon tours of the site were made free in Hagman's honour, while a slideshow of the actor's most memorable work was also screened.
To coincide with the memorials, actress Brenda Strong took to her Twitter.com page to share a picture of her former co-star's chair on set - adorned with his iconic cowboy hat and boots, adding, "Peace and blessings Mr. Hagman. Your light will continue to shine bright on Dallas... We love you!"
The TV icon, who played oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera and the current revamp, passed away at a hospital in Texas on 23 November (12) following a battle with throat cancer and leukaemia.
Strong, who starred with Hagman in the new Dallas, has now called on fans of the show to donate cash to The Larry Hagman Foundation, which the actor set up to help disadvantaged children.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Strong writes, "Please join me in honouring Larry Hagman and make a donation to his foundation to help underserved children be exposed to and participate in the arts. On behalf of the memory of JR... we can all make a difference in his honour. Bless you all!"
Hagman, who played ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the drama series, passed away last week (23Nov12) at the age of 81 after succumbing to throat cancer and leukaemia.
After the tragedy, the actor's family announced two invitation-only Celebration For Larry services in Los Angeles and Dallas, Texas to honour the star this weekend (01-02Dec12).
Now it has emerged fans will have the chance to pay tribute to Hagman at a unique public service on the grounds of Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas where scenes for the sex-and-scandal TV show are filmed.
Veterans Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Ken Kercheval are reprising their roles in the drama alongside new stars Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson, and they are currently shooting the second season of the show's reboot.
The cast and crew were left reeling when Hagman passed away on Friday (23Nov12) following a battle with throat cancer and leukaemia, and his tearful pals came together on the Dallas set on Tuesday morning to remember their colleague.
The actors and crew members swapped stories about Hagman and recalled their favourite memories of the star.
In a post on Twitter.com Gray, who played Hagman's onscreen wife Sue Ellen Ewing in the show, writes, "We had a beautiful gathering... on the Dallas set where cast and crew shared stories about Larry Hagman."
The star, best known for playing scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on hit TV drama Dallas, passed away at a hospital in Texas last week (23Nov12), aged 81.
It was widely reported the veteran died from complications with stage two throat cancer, but now his pal, award-winning writer Harry Hurt III, reveals Hagman actually succumbed to the blood cell disease. He was reportedly diagnosed in July (12).
He tells the National Enquirer, "I had no idea Larry was so seriously ill until his son Preston called me and said, 'Harry, I just wanted to let you know that Dad died, and I didn't want you to read it in the papers.' Preston said, 'Dad had tongue cancer, but in the end he died from leukaemia.' I was just blown away."
The actor was surrounded by his family and friends when he took his last breath, but Hurt reveals Hagman never got the chance to say goodbye to his wife of 58 years, Maj - because she has Alzheimer's disease and lives in a California assisted living facility.
He continues, "In one of our final conversations, I asked Larry about Maj. Larry believed Maj was his soulmate, and watching her decline broke his heart. Because of the disease, he never got the chance to say goodbye to her."
The TV icon, who played backstabbing oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera and the current revamp, passed away at a hospital in Texas on Friday (23Nov12) after suffering complications from his battle with cancer.
Henderson, who plays J.R.'s son John Ross Ewing III, paid his respects to his onscreen father on Twitter.com on Monday night (26Nov12), hailing him as a "mentor and a friend", and he also thanked fans for their well wishes following the death of his grandmother, who passed away earlier this month (Nov12).
In a post, he writes, "Sorry I have been somewhat missing lately. Been a rough last few weeks. Can't thank y'all enough for the love and prayers. Means the world."
Henderson had previously uploaded a photograph of a coffin adorned with flowers alongside the message, "Till we meet in Heaven.. Love you grandma."
The veteran actor, best known for his portrayal of scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera, which ran from 1978 to 1991, passed away at a hospital in Texas on Friday (23Nov12) after suffering complications from his battle with cancer.
His Dallas co-stars old and new - including Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong and Jesse Metcalfe - paid tribute to the star after news of his death emerged, and now Henderson, who plays John Ross Ewing III in the drama, has spoken out to remember Hagman.
Posting a picture of the pair joking around on set to his Twitter.com page, Henderson hails Hagman as a "mentor and a friend" and insists he will always be grateful for the time they spent working together.
He writes, "Wow. What an incredible last 2 years I've had with this man. Not only an icon and a legend, but also a mentor and a friend.
"Larry you changed my life and I am forever grateful for the gift that was getting to work with you. I'll always be ur (your) son 'from tip to tail' Rest in peace my friend."
Hagman was partway through filming the second series of the Dallas revamp when he died, and the show's writing team is set to alter the planned storyline in the aftermath of the tragedy.
The veteran star, who portrayed oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, had been working with the cast and crew on the second season of the updated show when he passed away on Friday (23Nov12) following a battle with cancer.
Filming was halted to mark Hagman's death, and executives told WENN the show's writing team would have to alter the planned storyline in the aftermath of the tragedy. Viewers had seen Hagman's character vowing to launch a titanic battle for control of the family's business empire at the close of the debut season, which aired earlier this year (12).
However, cameras are expected to begin rolling again this week as the late star's castmates return to work, and according to E! News, Hagman will feature in at least the first five episodes of the new season.
Meanwhile, Hagman will be remembered at two private memorial services in Texas and in California this week (begs26Nov12).
His manager, John Castonia, reveals the actor's family will hold a pair of ceremonies for friends and relatives before his body is cremated. His son Preston plans to spread his dad's ashes all over the world, as per his late father's wishes, according to ETonline.com.
The veteran star, best known for his portrayal of scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera, which ran from 1978 to 1991, passed away at a hospital in Texas after suffering complications from his battle with cancer.
His long serving Dallas co-stars Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal and Ken Kercheval paid tribute to the actor after news of his death emerged - and now several of his co-stars on the revamped show have also spoken out about the tragedy.
Brenda Strong tells E! News, "Being able to work with one of my childhood idols was a dream come true. He was one of the most resilient and positive people I've ever known. Larry's tremendous talent and contribution as an artist is only surpassed by his gigantic heart and how beloved he was by his friends, especially Patrick and Linda.
"He is a one of a kind and will be deeply missed. My heart breaks for his family's loss. Quite honestly, I can't believe he is gone. He lived life to the fullest and was the embodiment of the term 'light hearted.' He was and will continue to be an icon in our hearts and minds."
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, Jesse Metcalfe writes, "It was truly an honor to share the screen with Mr. Larry Hagman. With piercing wit and undeniable charm he brought to life one of the most legendary television characters of all time. But to know the man, however briefly, was to know a passion and dedication for life and acting that was profoundly inspirational. My deepest condolences go out to Larry's friends and family. He will most certainly be missed."
Leonor Varela added, "I am grateful to have shared a few moments in life and on screen with Larry Hagman, you inspire me to love life and appreciate every moment", while Jordana Brewster lamented, "I feel lucky and humbled to have worked with such a great man and actor. We will miss you, Larry."
Felicity Huffman, who shared the small screen with Hagman in a 2011 episode of Desperate Housewives, has also been stunned by the loss, writing on her Twitter page, "Just came down to civilization and heard about Larry Hagman, rest in peace. What a wonderful actor, honored to have worked with him", while John Cusack adds, "RIP Larry Hagman. Great actor and a really good man - had the pleasure (of) knowing him just a bit - always left smiling."
Joan Collins reminisced about working with Hagman on 1970 movie Up in the Cellar and admits he inspired her iconic Dynasty character Alexis Colby. She states, "Oh no just heard about Larry, he was magnificent as JR & inspired me to play Alexis. RIP. Yes I played Larry's wife in 'Up in the cellar'. He was a lot of fun..."
Meanwhile, Hagman's daughter Heidi Kristina took to her Facebook.com page to detail her father's last moments: "Our whole family was with him. It was a loving and beautiful way to leave us."