Larry Hagman's final performance in Tyler

TYLER (KYTX) - East Texans are remembering Larry Hagman's last days.

It was just 16 days ago when Larry Hagman walked into the Cowan Center to perform his one man show called "Confessions."

He talked about his life and career, not knowing in just a few days, the final chapter of his life would be closed.

"From a medical perspective, he did seem to be a little rundown. He was attributing it to filming late into the night the day before."

Larry Hagman became a household name after portraying the conniving J.R. Ewing on the successful nighttime soap "Dallas."

The hit show ran from 1978-1991 on CBS, boasting huge ratings and breaking records when people around the world wanted to know, Who shot J.R.?

Tyler doctor and photographer Scott Lieberman snapped some of the last pictures of the Fort Worth native when he visited Tyler earlier this month.

Hagman returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, despite having a long history of health problems.

Dr. Lieberman said Hagman still had his wit and charm.

"He was telling very humorous and delightful stories about his career," said Lieberman.

 Larry Hagman's last performance at the Cowan Center was to a crowd of about 800 people. He was one of the very few performers who received a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage

"He was just such a warm person that was so giving," said Terri Holland, Assistant Director of the Cowan Center.

Terri Holland was in the audience that night.

"He seemed like he was full of energy and was just enjoying life," said Holland.

Holland said she became a fan of Hagman after he first appeared as Major Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie" in the late 1960s.

The Texas icon's bigger than life personality will be missed, just as much as the intriguing characters he brought to life.


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