Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman’s Houses:

– Larry Hagman’s house in Dallas

– Larry House’s Guitar House in Shoal Creek, AL

 

Actor, producer, and director. Born on September 31, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of actress Mary Martin and lawyer Ben Martin. After his parents divorced, Hagman moved to Los Angeles with his grandmother and mother. His mother, who ran a dance studio in Texas, moved to California to try to break into Hollywood. She went to numerous auditions, earning the nickname “Audition Mary,” and worked hard to network with influential people in show business. At one point she befriended gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who was known to babysit Larry on occasion.

As his mother’s career took off, Hagman was placed more and more in the care of his grandmother. But when Hagman’s grandmother died, the 12-year-old boy was sent to New York City to be reunited with his mother. By time time, she had a thriving career on Broadway and had wed her second husband, Richard Halliday. During this time, the couple also welcomed Hagman’s half-sister, Mary.

To keep Hagman in constant care, he was sent to boarding school, where he first started drinking alcohol—a habit that would become a serious problem for him later in life. He then returned to Texas for the last two years of high school. There Hagman lived with his father, in the small town of Weatherford. During those two years, he developed an interest in theater and showed great promise as a performer.

After high school, Hagman spent a year at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He then decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps, and took to the stage. He had a small role in a New York City production of Taming of the Shrew, and spent some time doing regional theater during the early 1950s. Joining his mother, Hagman then appeared in the London production of South Pacific for five years.

Hagman was forced to take a break from the stage in 1952, when he drafted into the U.S. Air Force. He still found time for theater, however, and during his time in the service Hagman worked on productions for his fellow soldiers. After leaving the Air Force in 1956, Hagman returned to New York City, where he landed roles in several plays.

But Hagman’s big career break did not come until he decided to return to Hollywood. In 1965, Hagman landed a role in his first major television series, I Dream of Jeannie. In the sitcom, Hagman played Tony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a bottle with a genie (Barbara Eden) trapped inside. Hagman and Eden proved to be a popular pairing, and the show allowed Hagman to demonstrate his comedic talents. The sitcom stayed on the air for five years, and even gave him a chance to work behind the camera, directing several episodes.

After a few false starts, Hagman found more success by taking on come darker material. The hugely popular nighttime soap opera Dallas debuted in the spring of 1978, and followed the lives of the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family. Hagman played the ruthless oil executive J. R. Ewing, who clashed with his brothers Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Gary (Ted Shackelford) over the family’s business. Linda Gray played his long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen. J. R. Ewing was the kind of character that audiences loved to hate. At the end of the 1979-1980 season, viewers had to puzzle over one of the most riveting cliffhangers of television history—who shot J. R.? Fortunately for Hagman, his character survived his injuries and remained with the show until its end in 1991.

In his personal life, Hagman experienced a health crisis in 1995. Years of drinking had taken its toll on his liver, forcing him to have a liver transplant in August 1995. After this life-changing event, Hagman returned to acting. He appeared in several Dallas television movies and on other television series. Most recently, Hagman guest-starred on the plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuckin 2006.

Hagman and his wife Maj live in Ojai, California. The couple has two adult children, Kristina Mary and Preston.

Biography taken from: biography.com

 

Larry Hagman’s Houses:

– Larry Hagman’s house in Dallas

– Larry House’s Guitar House in Shoal Creek, AL