Larry Hagman; portrayed villainous J.R. Ewing; at 81
Larry Hagman, whose portrayal of one of television’s most beloved villains, J.R. Ewing, led the CBS series ‘‘Dallas’’ to enormous world popularity, died Friday in Dallas. He was 81. The cause was complications of cancer, his family said in a statement. Hagman had been in Dallas filming an episode of the TNT cable channel’s reboot of that series, which had made him the man audiences loved to hate from 1978 to 1991.