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Dallas Star Larry Hagman Has Cancer

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Oct. 14 2011, Published 2:30 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Senior Reporter

Nothing stops J.R. Ewing!

Larry Hagman, the actor who starred in the hit television show Dallas, announced he’s battling cancer with a humorous statement on Friday.

“As J.R. I could get away with anything – bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer,” he said.

The 80-year-old reassured his fans that the illness is not life threatening.  “I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer.”

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He will still be a part of the new TNT production of Dallas that begins production Monday, and the network released a statement in support of the veteran star.

“Everyone at Warner Horizon Television, TNT and the entire Dallas family completely supports Larry Hagman during this time.  We look forward to watching Larry once again work his magic by bringing one of television’s most interesting, complex and controversial characters back to the screen.”

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Meanwhile, Hagman said he is looking forward to returning to work.  “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!"


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