As a kid I watched reruns of him in I Dream of Jeannie, and when Dallas was running, I was either not allowed to watch TV because of school homework or I was working, so never really saw any of that show.
After reading the news of Hagman’s death, I found some clips of him in Dallas (see below) and can understand why his character J.R. Ewing was the guy people loved to hate. It’s interesting to see that he built such a strong friendship with his TV show wife, who was with him when he died. NBC News:
Actor Larry Hagman — who became a global icon playing the cunning J.R. Ewing in the television series “Dallas” — died on Friday at the age of 81, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Hagman was at Medical City Dallas Hospital when he died Friday afternoon from complications of his recent battle with cancer, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing members of his family.
Linda Gray, who played J.R.’s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, was with Hagman in Dallas when he died, the actress’ spokesman, Jeffrey Lane, said in an email.