It is Soap Dish time again and this week’s edition is a very special one. As you know TV icon Larry Hagman died on Friday, well this week’s column is dedicated to remembering Larry.
I grew up watching Dallas. It was a Friday night staple in my house and my favorite part of the week. I remember when J.R. was shot and for an entire summer the world wanted to know “Who shot J.R.?’ There could not have been a J.R. to shoot if it were not for the amazingly talented Larry Hagman. He brought the character to life and was the reason fans loved to hate the man with an evil grin that let you know he was up to no good. Through all the years that Dallas was on Hagman brought his A-game despite his own personal demons he was fighting. In today’s TV world there is not a character even close to as juicy and mean as J.R Ewing, he and his portrayer were one of a kind.
When Dallas was rebooted on TNT last summer fans could tell that even though Larry brought the sinister J.R. back, he was not the same. I don’t mean that in a bad way, you could just tell he had been sick and might not have been the best of health. However that didn’t stop him from bringing back J.R. with a vengeance. Anyone who saw the summer finale knows that J.R. and Hagman were just getting started again. It will be interesting to see what the show does in light of Larry’s passing.
Although I remember him best from Dallas Hagman found success as Major Nelson in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. I actually watched that show in reruns and Hagman killed it in that role too. He looked so handsome in his major dress blues and his chemistry with Barbara Eden was awesome. Larry playing those two characters just goes to show what a talented man he was because he was amazing as both.
I wanted to write this column in remembrance of Larry Hagman because he was a part of my childhood. I may not have known him personally but thanks to him I got to know J.R. Ewing. I didn’t have the honor of knowing Hagman personally and I can’t even imagine what his family and friends are going through. That being said RIP Larry Hagman you will be missed by many including me.
That is it for this weeks edition of Soap Dish be sure to check back next week to see what I am dishing about.
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