Dallas Producers To Give Larry Hagman Proper Send-Off; Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson React To Loss
First Published: November 24, 2012 9:19 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Larry Hagman had filmed several episodes of Season 2 of TNT’s “Dallas” when he died on Friday, and producers of the show will give him a befitting send-off.
Producers of the show will now begin work on the send-off for his character, J.R. Ewing, Access Hollywood has learned.
The actor had completed several episodes of Season 2, which premieres on January 28.
He will still appear in the show’s Season 2.
After releasing a joint statement late Friday night on behalf of the production company (Click HERE to read the statement), Larry’s co-stars and close friends, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, both Tweeted on Saturday, expressing their sadness over their loss.
“My friend is taking a break. Pardon my silence. Love Patrick,” the actor, who plays J.R.’s good-hearted younger brother, Bobby Ewing, Tweeted, linking to a photo of the pair on the red carpet together.
On Saturday night, Patrick released a longer statement through his rep.
“Friday I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult, as Larry’s peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here,” Patrick’s statement read. “He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor.”
Linda Gray, who released a statement on Friday evening (Click HERE to read her statement) and was by Larry’s side when he passed away in a hospital in Dallas, Texas, thanked fans for their outpouring of support.
“So sad to lose such a wonderful dear bigger than life friend. Larry Hagman was one of a kind and will be with us all forever,” she wrote. “Thank you all for the love you have been sending about Larry’s passing. He was a true icon loved by so many.”
The three friends were close and met regularly for meals. When they signed on for the reboot of “Dallas,” it was a group decision – although Larry was, at first, a hold out.
“Larry will do what I tell him to do. He even admits it… He’ll go, ‘What should I do?’ I said, ‘You’re doing it.’ That’s our relationship,” Linda told Access Hollywood earlier this year when talking about how she convinced her longtime friend to sign up for the show.
On Monday, Josh Henderson, who plays J.R.’s son, John Ross, released a statement.
“Larry was a true inspiration. He is an icon and a rare talent. I will miss his sense of humor, his larger than life presence, and his beautiful spirit that meant so much to us all. Working with him was a gift that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” the actor wrote.
“Dallas” newcomer Jesse Metcalfe, who plays Bobby Ewing’s son, Christopher Ewing, was also saddened by Larry’s death and said on Twitter on Saturday that he was thankful to have gotten to know the late actor.
“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,” the actor Tweeted. “My deepest condolences go out to Larry’s friends and family. He will most certainly be missed.”
Jordana Brewster, who plays Elena Ramos, the daughter of the help on “Dallas,” reflected on working with Larry in her Tweet on Saturday.
“I feel lucky and humbled to have worked with such a great man and actor. We will miss you, Larry,” she wrote.
Julie Gonzalo, who plays Rebecca Sutter, and, in a twist at the end of last season turned out to be the daughter of Ewing nemesis Cliff Barnes, also Tweeted over Larry’s death.
“I had the great honor to work with an incredible man. I’m humbled to have been a part of his life. I will cherish you forever. RIP my friend,” she wrote.
Ken Kercheval, who plays Cliff, Tweeted, “A friend and long time partner… the other half…RIP Larry Hagman…. your spirit will live long.”
On Saturday afternoon, Brenda Strong, who plays Bobby’s wife, Ann Ewing, wrote, “Being able to work with one of my childhood idols was such an amazing gift. Bless you and sweet passage #LarryHagman.”
-- Jolie Lash
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