A Passing: Larry “Dallas’s J.R. Ewing” Hagman

Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, the son of Mary Martin (aka “Peter Pan”) and Dallas’ best -known TV patriarch, died today at the age of 81.

He had just recently created the Larry Hagman Foundation to promote creativity among children in the underserved areas of Dallas.

He had also helped the Cattle Baron’s Ball live auction raise funds to fight cancer.

Larry was slated to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming AWARE luncheon this spring.

He was surrounded by his Dallas family including Patrick Ewing and Linda Gray during his finally hours at a Dallas-area hospital.

Our condolences are extended to his family, both personal and professional, as well as the many who benefited from his generosity and zest for life.

We’ll miss knuckle-bumping with him, his adorable smile and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes.


  1. It is a a very sad night for Dallas! Linda Gray said it best in her statement tonight: “He was an original and lived life to the fullest … The world was a brighter place because of Larry Hagman.”

    We are all going to miss him!

    • Jeanne Prejean says:

      Lara, we’re so very sorry for your and the Foundation’s loss. He was so happy to have created such a treasure for the children of Dallas.

  2. I am heartsick for all that know and love Larry.. what a great loss to our community. Larry’s greatest legacy with be his slogan for the foundation “EVIL DOES GOOD”… with a wink and lots of love. Larry you will be missed.. !

  3. As President of A.W.A.R.E., the Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education, we are all so very sorry for Larry’s biological family and DALLAS family. He was slated to be the speaker for our April 5, 2013 A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon and Silent Auction, to help make people aware of the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. His wife of 58 years, Maj (pronounced MY) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and Larry was eager to help spread the word about the need for Research and Caregiver services. We hope to be able to continue with our program, still honoring Maj and remembering Larry.
    We will have some wonderful videos of their life together, so please come and help us honor this wonderful man and his devoted wife.