Larry was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 21st, the son of actress Mary Martin and attorney Ben Hagman. When his parents divorced, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his grandmother. After his grandmother’s death, Larry, who was only 12, returned to his mother, who had remarried and was pursuing a successful Broadway career.
Larry became a true TV star in 1965 in the comedy series “I Dream of Jeannie,” in which he played an amiable astronaut whose life is plagued by a beautiful blonde genie, portrayed by Barbara Eden. The show ran for 5 years.
It was not until 1977, when “Dallas” came along, however, that Larry’s career took off. The series ran for an unprecedented 13 seasons (from 1978 – 1991) and the Who shot J.R.? episode remains the second highest rated TV show in the history of the medium.
November 21, 1980 and August 23, 1995, are two dates Larry Hagman will never forget. On the first, over 350 million fans in 57 countries were glued to their television sets to find out who shot J.R. On the second, Larry received a liver transplant that took 16 hours and saved his life.
Feeling better than he had in years, Larry completed work on two projects that were filming simultaneously: Ken Follett’s “The Third Twin”, and Mike Nichols’ “Primary Colors” in which Larry has received unanimous raves from the critics for his stirring performance.
In November 1996, Larry starred in “Dallas: JR Returns”, two-hour television movie which was a ratings blockbuster for CBS as well as in the network’s one-hour, drama series “Orleans”. His portrayal of Judge Luther Charbonnet garnered some of the best reviews of his career. Following those projects, the second DALLAS reunion movie, “War of the Ewings”, aired on CBS on Friday, April. 24. Larry also served as Executive Producer.
During the 2006-2007 television series, Larry joined the FX series NIP/TUCK in the role of ‘Burt Landu’, a business executive, who wants some cosmetic surgery of an intimate nature. He has also recently appeared in Desperate Housewives playing Frank Kaminski the obnoxious Old Age Pensioner.
In 2006, Larry participated in the Love Ride 23 Harley Davidson Glendale, California. That year’s event raised a record 1.7 million dollars for charities dedicated to improving the quality of life for those less fortunate. Visit them online at www.loveride.org.
Larry, an avid Harley-hog, also enjoys fishing, traveling, and collecting hats and flags.
Larry looks forward to seeing all his fans at the Sydney and Perth expos and will be appearing each Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and each Sunday 11am to 5pm for autograph* and photo* sessions, a Q&A session the Saturday of each expo and an exclusive Friday night Opening Ceremony Q&A with Barbara and Bill (purchase of a Supa-Fan Weekend Pass required to attend).
* Autographs are $40 each and professional photos are $50 each.
- Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.