Watching the, almost, end scene of episode 15 where JR’s portrait is hung in the Ewing Energies offices (it’s a great idea to have a portrait of him there, a la Jock’s portrait in the Ewing Oil offices, but who the hell painted it? No offence to whoever did it but it looks like JR’s face is made of blamanche).
Anyway, when that happened it felt like we, the viewers, were not only saying goodbye to JR Ewing, but also to Larry Hagman. I wasn’t writing this site at the time he died, so I’d like to pay tribute to him now (not that I ever met him, or even met anyone who met him) but it was a pleasure to watch him onscreen for all the years that Dallas was on the air.
Surely there has never been a more iconic television villain. David Jacobs created JR Ewing, but Larry Hagman breathed life into him, turning in great performances episode after episode, and as JR pulling off one dirty deal after another and always coming out on top, grinning like a cheshire cat. Mr Hagman, Rest In Peace and thanks for the memories.