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Larry Hagman Remembered with Studio City Connections

The J.R. Ewing star died Friday afternoon at 81.

known for his role as the tough oil man J.R. Ewing in Dallas and the goofball astronaut in I Dream of Jeannie died Friday afternoon at the age of 81.

He had a number of Studio City connections, mostly because of his connection to alternate energy and becoming a solar power spokesman.

He even had a few things to teach super-environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. (see the video clip of the episode by clicking here).

Begley said Friday night, "I loved how he shared his wind power with neighbors who were less fortunate. Blew that J.R. thing outta the water. Big heart."

Hagman even taught Begley a thing or two in the Living with Ed series and they filmed a whole episode of his explaining alternative energy sources.

Barbara Eden, who co-starred with Hagman in I Dream of Jeannie, did some discussing of him at a book chat at the Studio City Library.

He is an "element of pure Americana," said Eden. "Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry."

She added, "Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. He was not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana. I'll miss him."

Hagman was also honored locally at the Sportsmen's Lodge in 2006 as a "Reel Cowboy" in the Silver Spur Awards.

Click here for more details of his death.

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