TNT’s Dallas Cast & Crew ‘Deeply Saddened’ Over Larry Hagman’s Death
First Published: November 24, 2012 1:38 AM EST Credit: Martin Schoeller/TNT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- “Dallas” is in mourning.
The cast, crew, studio and network behind the reboot of the show were left saddened on Friday by the death of television icon Larry Hagman.
“Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history,” Warner Bros., the studio behind the show, said in a joint statement with “Dallas” executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, and the drama’s cast and crew.
“He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the ‘Dallas’ family is deeply saddened by Larry’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
TNT, the network behind the recently rebooted show, which has been in production on Season 2, also released a statement.
“All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor,” TNT’s statement read. “We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Hagman, who reprised his role of J.R. in the “Dallas,” was 81. His death on Friday prompted legendary stars like William Shatner and Peter Fonda, to “Dancing with the Stars” pros and “Real Housewives,” to share their memories and condolences on Twitter.
Here’s what the celebs had to say:
Peter Fonda: RIP my dear, longtime friend and brother. You brought so much fun to everyone’s life & so much family to me & my family. always in my heart
William Shatner: My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman. My best, Bill
Vanessa Williams: RIP to the amazingly charming #LarryHagman
BD Wong: Dear Larry Hagman, Seriously, man, thanks for all the good times. Ya done good. Rest assured.
Tony Dovolani : RIP Larry Hagman Grew up watching him on Dallas and I dream of genie
Holly Robinson Peete: RIP Larry Hagman… Great TV legacy he left us…
Michael Strahan: RIP Larry Hagman! Definitely left a mark on my childhood
Nancy Lee Grahn: RIP Larry Hagman.
David Morrissey: RIP Larry Hagman. JR was one of the greatest TV characters of all time.
Piers Morgan: Very sad to hear that Larry Hagman has died. His JR Ewing character was the greatest TV villain of them all. Wonderful actor. #RIP great TV characters of all time.
Dominic Monaghan: #larryhagman #jrewing has died. Garnered one of the greatest cliffhangers in tv history. #dallas #domswildthings
Caroline Manzo : Sad 2 hear of #LarryHagman passing. adorable Colonel Nelson & badass JR - #RIP
Donald Driver: I love to watch #Dallas! Today, we all have lost a great man. R.I.P Larry Hagman aka J.R
-- Jolie Lash
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