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The son of Broadway star Mary Martin, Larry Hagman was born Sept. 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas. After taking a crack at stage work and serving in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s, he found his way to television.

Hagman's early TV efforts include guest shots on "Sea Hunt" and "The Defenders," and a continuing gig on the daytime drama "The Edge of Night." In 1965, he began to gain fame when he landed the part of astronaut Anthony Nelson on the sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." But it was Hagman's indelible portrayal of conniving oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the nighttime serial "Dallas" (1978-91) that brought him international notoriety -- and a pair of Emmy nods.

Hagman's intermittent film credits include supporting turns in Fail-Safe (1964), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Primary Colors (1998). Fittingly, he made his last screen appearance reprising his villainous "Dallas" character in the reboot of the series. Hagman died Nov. 23, 2012.

Larry Hagman in Fail-Safe


1964 NR

Director Sidney Lumet transforms the doomsday scenario played for laughs in Dr. Strangelove into a taut thriller. When a computer glitch sends a bomber crew on a suicide mission to Moscow, the U.S. president (Henry Fonda) agonizes over how to stop it. Will Fonda tell the Russians to shoot down the plane? Global thermonuclear war may hinge on his decision.

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