Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

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Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:05 am

Very sad news indeed, especially because Dallas is back and J.R. was bigger and badder than ever.

A terrific actor and by all accounts a very nice guy in real life.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Kajaboy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:01 pm

All things considered he looked quite well when he was here in the UK not so long ago. Very sad news indeed.

I know they had been filming a season 2 of the new Dallas but no idea what will come of that now. They might just carry on in the same way the original series did without Jock. But a Dallas without JR?

He will be missed that's for sure. A true TV legend.

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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby edge of destruction » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:33 am

JR is Dallas!

It's sad news and bad news for the new show because it won't last too much longer without JR in it.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Kajaboy » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:20 am

edge of destruction wrote:JR is Dallas!

It's sad news and bad news for the new show because it won't last too much longer without JR in it.


They say no star is bigger than the show but the original producers found out to their cost that their is always an exception to the rule. After they shot JR Larry asked for a lot more money, not just for himself but other cast members too, and they refused to pay and threatened to recast. So he disappears to the UK gets loads of publicity and firmly establishes himself as JR everywhere. They gave in and paid him what he wanted. :D
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Dave Ross » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:41 am

A good ol Texas boy y'all :D
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:22 am

Kajaboy wrote:
edge of destruction wrote:JR is Dallas!

It's sad news and bad news for the new show because it won't last too much longer without JR in it.


They say no star is bigger than the show but the original producers found out to their cost that their is always an exception to the rule. After they shot JR Larry asked for a lot more money, not just for himself but other cast members too, and they refused to pay and threatened to recast. So he disappears to the UK gets loads of publicity and firmly establishes himself as JR everywhere. They gave in and paid him what he wanted. :D


I don't think Larry Hagman was happy when the new producer moved Dallas into Dynasty territory, big frocks and even bigger hair etc, in fact I think he said either the new producer went or he did, and I'm sure you can guess which one got fired! Quite right too, J.R. is Dallas, and I agree that much as I love the new series I wonder if it will be able to continue without him?
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Kajaboy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:12 am

Mike Nuttall wrote:I don't think Larry Hagman was happy when the new producer moved Dallas into Dynasty territory, big frocks and even bigger hair etc, in fact I think he said either the new producer went or he did, and I'm sure you can guess which one got fired! Quite right too, J.R. isDallas, and I agree that much as I love the new series I wonder if it will be able to continue without him?


I rediscovered the show on UK Gold at about this point. It was an episode or two before Donna Reed stepped in. How I got hooked I don't know. For me those seasons with Jack and Jamie are the worst in the shows history. Just a shame Pam's dream didn't co-inside with the casting of Donna Reed so that version could be wiped out at the same time.

I read Larry's book some years ago (It's quite dull really. Lots of little stories that don't come across well on the printed page) and he said that he often talked other cast members into staying and helped get them extra money. I seem to remember he had a lot to say about that producer who wanted to turn it into Dynasty. He was far from happy.

The new Dallas is supposed to be about the next generation so it could survive. I hear Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark and Audrey Landers are back next season so that's a little something to be going on with.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby 'teleportNOW!' » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:18 pm

Have a google for Kenny Everett's "DALLASTY", one his most hilarious sketches.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:51 pm

Robert Watkins wrote:Did you ever meet him?


Yes. I first met Larry at the checkout in Waitrose in Cheadle, he was arguing with the cashier because she wouldn't accept his 50p off voucher on a tin of Heinz Spaghetti Hoops because it was out of date. He was easily recognisable in his ten gallon hat, cowboy boots and colourful neckerchief.

"Take my goddam voucher, woman" he was saying to her, "or I'll buy this lousy supermarket and fire your sorry ass!"

He was a character, to be sure.

I borrowed Larry the 50p so he could purchase his dinner of spaghetti hoops on toast and carton of Um Bongo combo, and thus began a beautiful friendship.

This occurred in the seventies when Larry lived in the north west and was married to Coronation Street actress Madge Hindle. Larry would often make cameo appearences in Corrie, always heavily disguised, of course. He would often appear as one the background drinkers during the pub scenes and on one occasion filled in for Jack Howarth as Albert Tatlock. This has never been revealed as Larry was a great actor and a master of stage-craft and his make-up and costume completely obscured his true identity.

Sadly Larry and Madge divorced in 1976 and he returned to the United States. A few years later I tuned in to watch a brand new soap opera called Dallas and lo and behold there was my old chum Larry playing J.R. Ewing. The rest, as they say, is history.

The last time I saw Larry was in 2009 in Bolton. He was over here with his former Dallas co-star Linda Gray, for the North West Ballroom Dancing Championships being held at Bolton Civic Centre. One interesting and little known fact about Linda is that in 1987 she had her whole head amputated following an horrific accident with a garden strimmer, but she's never allowed her lack of bonce to hold her back. That night they came in second with their sensual Tango. Larry was so proud of his bronze medal he had it mounted, and displayed it with pride in his Malibu home.

Anyway, I hope that answers your question and you have enjoyed my recollections of my frienship with the actor Larry Hagman.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby LizR » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:57 pm

Forgive me for making any suggestion of inaccuracy in your account of meeting Larry Hagman, Mike, but I feel duty bound to point out that you lent him 50p. He's the one who borrowed it.

Otherwise a beautiful and moving story, as always.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby LizR » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:57 pm

PS I'm glad to hear that Linda Gray recovered from her horrific accident and, as it were, "bonced back". That must have given the makeup dept a few headaches... ;)
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Postby Mike Nuttall » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:23 pm

LizR wrote:PS I'm glad to hear that Linda Gray recovered from her horrific accident and, as it were, "bonced back". That must have given the makeup dept a few headaches... ;)


Linda was able to overcome her above-shoulder issues in 1987 when she broke into Madame Tussaud's in London in the style of Lady Christina di Souza. She used that wax head for years, although she had to give up sunbathing and it cost her a small fortune in air-conditioning. No-one has ever noticed as she concealed the join beneath a series of flamboyant neck-scarves.

For the new series of Dallas the producers recast her head in fibreglass thus enabling Linda to film the outdoors scenes in the warm Texas climate.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby LizR » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:27 am

Mike Nuttall wrote:Linda was able to overcome her above-shoulder issues in 1987 when she broke into Madame Tussaud's in London in the style of Lady Christina di Souza.

That must have given the caretaker a bit of a shock.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:11 am

LizR wrote:
Mike Nuttall wrote:Linda was able to overcome her above-shoulder issues in 1987 when she broke into Madame Tussaud's in London in the style of Lady Christina di Souza.

That must have given the caretaker a bit of a shock.


Well, indeed! Then amazingly as the police arrived in response to the alarm activation, Linda made good her escape by climbing aboard a double-decker bus, only to find herself sat next to a young Scottish waif called David, who was kind enough to offer her a piece of his chocolate easter egg. Thankfully the bus wasn't affected by any freak interspacial anomalies meaning Linda was able to return home to the states and Dallas was saved. Phew!
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby LizR » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:36 am

Robert Watkins wrote:That's a beautiful story and has brought tears to my eyes. It's better than my Patrick Duffy story with the hosepipe, goat and gaffer tape in Milton Keynes.

That sounds as though it would bring tears to the eyes, too.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

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I think Larry Hagman would laugh his head off if he could see this thread :)
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Postby LizR » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:54 am

Robert Watkins wrote:He hasnt really died, this is all dream, this forum, the internet and in a moment, I will wake up and rub my eyes in the year 1984!

That's just ridiculous!
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:04 am

Silver Nemesis wrote:I think Larry Hagman would laugh his head off if he could see this thread :)


Let's hope Linda Gray doesn't see it because that's an accident waiting to happen for her.
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby Mike Nuttall » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:13 am

Robert Watkins wrote:
Silver Nemesis wrote:I think Larry Hagman would laugh his head off if he could see this thread :)


He hasnt really died, this is all dream, this forum, the internet and in a moment, I will wake up and rub my eyes in the year 1984!


I vividly recall being mown down outside my luxury home by my evil sister-in-law and being deceased for a full season of Planet Mondas: Kajaboy Returns and then inexplicably finding myself in the shower watching Victoria Principal scrubbing away at her dentures with a washing-up brush. It came as quite a shock, let me tell you!
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Re: Larry Hagman dies, aged 81

Postby ianj » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:34 pm

Mike Nuttall wrote:
Robert Watkins wrote:
Silver Nemesis wrote:I think Larry Hagman would laugh his head off if he could see this thread :)


He hasnt really died, this is all dream, this forum, the internet and in a moment, I will wake up and rub my eyes in the year 1984!


I vividly recall being mown down outside my luxury home by my evil sister-in-law and being deceased for a full season of Planet Mondas: Kajaboy Returns and then inexplicably finding myself in the shower watching Victoria Principal scrubbing away at her dentures with a washing-up brush. It came as quite a shock, let me tell you!



Thats nothing; I can vividly recall being blown over outside my little cottage in Cheltenham-by-the-sea by my evil ( but incredibly sexy) neighbour and being pole-axed for a full season of KAJABOY, THE BOUNTY HUNTER and then inexplicably finding myself in said neighbours bed watching him scrubbing away at his equipment, trying to get a good shine on it............I suggested Steradent. It came as a hell of a shock, I can tell you!
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