Just as TNT’s Dallas reboot is starting production, it has been announced today that Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) has been diagnosed with cancer. However, doctors have told him it’s a highly treatable form of the disease.
Hagman, who turned 80 last month, is set to report to work on Monday, October 17. Hagman is confirmed to appear in at least the first four episodes, and it’s likely he’ll appear in more beyond that. According to TV Guide, “It’s unclear whether he’ll need to take any time off while undergoing treatment. Insiders say there’s a chance that he’ll be able to continue on the show in some sort of capacity throughout the first season, which wraps production at the end of January.”
Hagman released his own statement today saying, “As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!”
Let’s keep sending good thoughts Larry’s way as he battles this!