Great sadness. Larry Hagman
, best known as both the conniving, villainous oilman J. R. Ewing
and The Official Luckiest Man In The World, Major Anthony Nelson
, has passed away
at the age of 81.
Hagman was an excellent "utility" actor, equally capable with drama and comedy, and he had a long and distinguished career on stage, screen, and television. But, as Nelson, he somehow portrayed a man both in deep way over his head and yet quick-witted enough to survive each bounce his fortune took (and who, not coincidentally, had the live hand grenade of the ultimate wish fulfillment -- a gorgeous woman who loved him and who could literally fulfill his every desire... on TV in the prudish 1960s). And, as Ewing, he struck gold rather than oil, finding a truly iconic character -- a villain America loved to hate.
Farewell, Tony, J.R., and thanks so much.