WEATHERFORD, Texas (WFAA) - The actor known best as the villain "J. R. Ewing" on "Dallas" was remembered in his real-life hometown not far from "Big D."
Larry Hagman died during the Thanksgiving holiday, and those who knew him best are paying their respects.
For years the fans have been drawn to Southfork, but the sorrow is felt in Weatherford -- where many considered Hagman a friend.
Hagman and his entire family were very supportive of the work there.
The town's museum has a display dedicated to their hometown son, which includes a gun donated by Hagman himself. Hagman's roots run deep in that town.
He graduated from the local high school in 1949. His mother -- the stage legend Mary Martin -- was born there. A statue of her now stands outside the town library.
Yet as Hagman's star grew, he never forgot his past. He opened a cancer treatment center in Weatherford in the late ‘90s.
Just recently, he was making plans to return to Weatherford in March.
"We were under the impression his health was a lot better, so his death came as a complete shock. And it's very sad," said Museum Director Heather Castagna.
Hagman embraced his Texas connection.
The role as "J.R." defined him, and he defined Dallas -- always aware he was the city's ambassador.
Now being without him is something many weren't prepared for.
Hagman celebrated his 81st birthday just two months ago.
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