JR Ewing, invoked everything people dispise about the Texas oil industry, is dead at 81.He had been suffering from cancer. Hagman originally played astronaut Tony Nelson in the comedy, I Dream Of Jeanie.
Hagman's mother was broadway legend Mary Martin. Hagman had recently been starring in a revival of the Dallas series, with most of the original actors, but featuring the rise of the next generation of Ewings. Ironically, Hagman's TV brother, Bobby is depicted in the show as suffering from terminal cancer.