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In photos: The life of Larry Hagman, best known as J.R. Ewing from TV soap Dallas

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In this Oct. 17, 1963 file photo, Broadway star Mary Martin is congratulated backstage after the opening of her new musical "Jennie" at New York's Majestic Theater. From left are Beatrice Lillie Richard Halliday, husband of Mary Martin, Heller Weir, daughter of Mary Martin, and Ms. Martin’s son Larry Hagman. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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American actor, director and producer, Larry Hagman, best known for his role as "J.R. Ewing" from the TV series Dallas poses for a photo in front of a backdrop with an image of downtown Dallas, during a reception at the University of Texas at Tyler, following his presentation of "Confessions" on Nov. 10, 2012. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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Linda Gray cuts the ribbon as Larry Hagman holds the ribbon at the grand opening of the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday, November 11, 2011. In the background, Hattie Hill, Chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jack Matthews, Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings look on. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said.

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In this Nov. 4, 2011 file photo, actor Larry Hagman pauses during an interview on location during the filming for the upcoming new television show "Dallas" in Dallas. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 file photo, actor Larry Hagman and his wife Maj, visit the kitchen area of the Southfork Ranch mansion in Parker, Texas made famous in the television show "Dallas." Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Thursday Nov. 18, 1999 file photo, people cross the street in downtown Bucharest, Romania near an unfinished apartment building draped with a poster of U.S. actor Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing from the television show "Dallas." The poster is part of a high-profile advertising campaign for the Russian oil giant Lukoil. "Dallas" was one of the few American TV series the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu allowed to be shown on Romanian television. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 file photo, actor Larry Hagman sits in front of a poster of himself during a news conference in Berlin during a tour to promote the German translation of his autobiography. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 1986 file photo, actress Mary Martin touches the cheek of her son, Larry Hagman, also a famous actor, at the after-theater party for "Legends," a play starring Martin and Carol Channing, at the Music Center in Los Angeles. Actor Larry Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Wednesday, July 28, 2004 file photo provided by the National Kidney Foundation, actor Larry Hagman bares his chest to show off his scar from his liver transplant surgery at the opening ceremonies of the 2004 U.S. Transplant Games in Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Wednesday, March 15, 2006 file photo, "I Dream of Jeannie" co-stars Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman pose for photos before signing copies of the newly-released first season DVD of their television show at a bookstore in New York. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this June 4, 1965 file photo, from left, cameraman Sam Rosen and director Gero Nelson guide the co-star of the series "I Dream of Jeannie," Larry Hagman, as he emerges from a mockup of the Apollo space vehicle, filming at North American Aviation's Space Division in Downey, Calif.

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This 1967 file photo shows Barbara Eden, left, and Larry Hagman in a scene from the television show "I Dream of Jeannie." Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC, file)

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In this Oct. 9, 2008 file photo, actor Larry Hagman poses in front of the Southfork Ranch mansion in Parker, Texas made famous in the television show "Dallas." Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

Tony Gutierrez/AP

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This 1983 file photo shows actor Larry Hagman, center left, with fellow cast members of the television series "Dallas." Back row from left are Howard Keel, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Linda Grey, Susan Howard and Steve Kanaly. Front row from left are Priscilla Presley, Victoria Principal and Ken Kercheval. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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This Feb. 2, 1979 file photo shows actor Larry Hagman next to a camera on the set of the television series "Dallas." Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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In this Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 file photo, Patrick Duffy, left, Linda Gray, center, and Larry Hagman present the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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Door man Malik Fawzi greets actor Larry Hagman at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 7, 2012, as the hotel was preparing to celebrate its one year anniversary. Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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This 1981 file photo provided by CBS shows Larry Hagman in character as J.R. Ewing in the television series "Dallas." Mr. Hagman, who for more than a decade played villainous patriarch JR Ewing in the TV soap Dallas, has died at the age of 81, his family said Saturday Nov. 24, 2012.

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Actor Larry Hagman rides a horse as he arrives for a VIP preview party for the Collection of Larry Hagman at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California in this June 1, 2011 file photo. Mr. Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on November 23, 2012 at the age of 81, the Dallas Morning News reported. Mr. Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a statement from his family.

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Actor Larry Hagman arrives at the Thalians 50th anniversary gala in Los Angeles in this October 8, 2005 file photo. Mr. Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on November 23, 2012 at the age of 81.

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Actor Larry Hagman throws fake dollars notes during a photocall at the 50th Monte Carlo television festival in Monaco in this June 8, 2010 file photo. Mr. Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on November 23, 2012 at the age of 81.

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Actor Larry Hagman from the TV series "Dallas" poses backstage at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California in this January 29, 2012 file photo. Mr. Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on November 23, 2012 at the age of 81.

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