Barbara Eden tweets tribute to ‘Jeannie’ co-star Larry Hagman: ‘An element of pure Americana’; Friends, celebs share memories

Larry Hagman, the actor who played the villainous J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” died Friday at the age of 81.

Actress Barbara Eden worked with Hagman on the 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” and took to Twitter to remember her longtime friend and co-star.

Eden also posted a tribute to Hagman on Facebook.

As I received the news this evening and as you read this I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed. I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever.

He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times. Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn’t fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again ‘Larry’ in all his Big Texas bravado.

“Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again,” she wrote.

Other friends and fellow actors joined Eden in tweeting memories of Hagman and condolences to his family.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

  • John Thomas Ward III

    Rest in Peace, “J.R. Major Half-Nelson” XD But seriously, Larry Hagman was a brilliant actor, whether it was Comedy (“Jeannie”) or Drama (“Dallas”, which I rarely watched), Love and Condolences to his Family, friends, and associates. Jawamax 8<{D}


    Larry was one of my favorites growing up in the 70’s. From ‘Jeannie’ to ‘Dallas’, he was tops in his field. I’m glad he did a season of ‘Dallas’ last Spring–I waited for any scene he was in and each one was flawless. All the best to his family.

    • stuckinIL4now

      I’m sure you’ll get to see him in at least a few more episodes as Dallas is back on TNT in January with new. A chance to his final works.

      • TracyJean

        He filmed 6 episodes (of 15) of the second season of Dallas before he died.

  • BeeKaaay

    RIP Larry Hagman.

  • BeeKaaay

    RIP Larry Hagman.

  • Brett McMicken

    very interesting post from joan collins. imagine if there had been a crossover episode in which j.r. and alexis clash!

  • Brett McMicken

    very interesting post from joan collins. imagine if there had been a crossover episode in which j.r. and alexis clash!

  • LightSabre

    Sad to see another “one of the family” leave us. Grew up watching him in I Dream of Jeannie. When the show switched to color, you could see that his GTO was blue.

  • Jack Deth

    Larry Hagman was a gifted actor who rose from the rank of character player to star. Still think his best dramatic work was as Henry Fonda’s Russian speaking adviser in ‘Fail Safe’.

    Though he shone as Major Nelson in ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ opposite Barbara Eden and as Bill Daily’s Major Healey’s superbly timed straight man.

    The world will be less colorful with his passing.

    • Brett McMicken

      it’s ironic, given that he just recently revived the j.r. ewing character.

  • detroit19

    RIP J.R.-prayers for your family ;(

  • detroit19

    RIP J.R.-prayers for your family ;(

  • JoH113

    Aw, man. Now, this really stings. :( I grew up on I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas re-runs. And he was the best thing about NuDallas. RIP.

  • Lorri French

    my heart and Prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman. RIP Mr. Hagman, you will be missed ;o(

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  • tredglx

    Larry Hagman’s character in ‘Jeannie.’ One of the reasons I decided on joining the Air Force as a kid.

    RIP, MAJ Nelson.