Larry Hagman Has Cancer

Celebrity Body Oct. 14, 2011 AT 5:33PM
Larry Hagman Has Cancer Credit: Ralf Juergens/Getty

J.R. Ewing has suffered a setback.

Dallas actor Larry Hagman has been diagnosed with cancer. The 80-year-old said in a statement, excerpted by E! Online, he has "a very common and treatable form of cancer."

PHOTOS: Stars who've beat cancer

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

TNT is creating a reboot of the 1980's series expected to premiere in the summer of 2012, and cancer won't prevent Hagman from being a part of it. "I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series," he said. 

PHOTOS: Sizzling seniors

"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!" Hagman added.

PHOTOS: Fall 2011 TV guide

TNT and the cast and crew working on Dallas issued their own statement in support of Hagman: "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 in the new Dallas series."

comments powered by Disqus

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT