Warning: file_get_contents( [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found in /content/data/etonline/includes/buzz/index.html on line 6


Larry Hagman: Health Update


It's been 30 years since "Dallas" first hit the airwaves, but Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing -- the fictitious Texas oilman that viewers loved to hate -- is still going strong.

"My health is, I hope, pretty good," Hagman tells ET's Thea Andrews. "I just had my blood tested yesterday. I do it every two months or so. I had a liver transplant 14 years ago, so I have to keep on top of that, but I've got 14 years of it."

As a result, the veteran actor works with the National Kidney Foundation, encouraging people to become donors.

"Eighteen people die every day waiting for an organ," Hagman explains. "And that's ridiculous. There's a cure for all these diseases if people just give up their organs and don't take them with them when they pass on."

Hagman, who also works with the American Cancer Society -- he had a brief battle with cancer shortly after "Dallas" wrapped -- and is a proponent for solar power, having solarized his entire home, is actually chatting up the ninth season DVD release of "Dallas."

It was a landmark year for the series, because it was the year that Bobby (Patrick Duffy), J.R.'s brother, returned from the dead. What was so unusual about it was that in order for Bobby to come back, the writers had to come up with an explanation for all the events of the previous season, which featured his funeral and life after. They came up with the idea of having the previous season be a dream sequence -- which threw viewers into a tizzy and is a storyline plot that is still talked about today.

"I knew Patrick was coming back," Hagman shares. "I didn't know how they were going to do it. They filmed him when Irish Spring or something like that did a commercial. They shot the whole day just for one thing, he opens the door and says, 'Good morning.'"

The cast of "Dallas" was a close one and its stars – Hagman, Duffy, and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen, J.R.'s wife) remain so today.

"Patrick and I are good friends. We go hunting and fishing a lot. Linda Gray and my wife and I have lunches or dinner a couple of times a month," Hagman shares.

"Dallas -- The Complete Ninth Season" is now in stores.

Posted July 25, 2008 2:20:00 AM
See All: dallas larry hagman linda gray patrick duffy thea andrews tv

E-Mail | Print | | rssDiggdel.icio.usTechnoratiBlinklistFurlReddit

Vanessa Williams Adds Some Spice to 'Desperate Housewives'
Sep 21, 2010 12:43 PM (PDT)
ET Exclusive: What is 'The Social Network'?
Sep 21, 2010 09:30 AM (PDT)
Cancer-stricken Michael Douglas Doesn't Speak at 'Wall Street' Premiere
Sep 21, 2010 08:20 AM (PDT)
  • SamanthaHarris: It is SO sad that Kym Johnson and David Hasselhoff got voted off DWTS tonight. So sad for Kym. She's an amazing dancer & person. Love u Kym!
  • ETonlineAlert: (Spoiler Alert!) And the first celeb booted from #DancingWithTheStars is...
  • ETonlineAlert: DancingWithTheStars
  • SamanthaHarris: Wonder who is first to go tonight on DWTS?! Who do you all think?
  • SamanthaHarris: Thank you to all of you who said they miss me on DWTS! I miss seeing you all on that show, too. Bitter sweet to watch. But LOVE being on ET!
After Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars' premiere, which of the top four scorer's fancy footwork surprised you most?

After Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars' premiere, which of the top four scorer's fancy footwork surprised you most?

Gathering poll results. Please wait...

Catch Hollywood's brightest stars out on the town!

View Star Sightings Gallery

Do you think your fave celeb's style is super sweet or totally beat?

View Hit or Miss Gallery

See whose glamorous style is turning heads around town!

View Glam Squad Gallery

See First Lady Michelle Obama's fabulous fashions during her first fabulous year in the White House and more!

View the Michelle Obama Fashion Gallery