Larry Hagman admitted that he has cancer. Hagman stated that the cancer is very common and a treatable form. Doctors have told Hagman that it might not impact his return as J.R. Ewing on the upcoming reboot of Dallas on TNT.
“As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery,” the 80-year-old actor said in a statement. “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.”
He also added: “Besides, as we all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!”.
The “I Dream Of Jeanie” star declined to comment on any specific details on what he’s contracted, but is very optimistic.
Filming for the new Dallas series was set to begin on October 17. The plans are still on with no change. The old cast returns including Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly and Ken Kercheval along with a new generation of actors.
Hagman has faced other health scares in the past, including a well-publicized liver transplant in 1995, having developed cirrhosis of the liver after years of heavy drinking. Since then he has spoken out against smoking and in support of the National Kidney Foundation.