20. Larry Hagman
The son of iconic stage and film actress Mary Martin and his district attorney father, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas. Hagman died in 2012 of complications from throat cancer.
After attending college, Hagman decided to follow his mother’s footsteps and become an actor; his first audition was with Theatre- in- the Round in Dallas Texas.
Hagman starred in the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970), in which he played the astronaut Anthony Nelson. In the series, his life was tangled up by a gorgeous blonde genie played by Barbara Eden.
In 1978, he starred in the Soap Opera Dallas portraying the character J.R. Ewing on this quintessential series. The show ran for an amazing 14 and a half seasons.
In 1995, Hagman underwent a liver transplant due to years of drinking that left him with cirrhosis. In 1997, after years of not feeling like himself and receiving his new liver, he was in the movie The Third Twin. The next year he was in the film Primary Colors.
Outside of film and television, Hagman was an active participant in civic and philanthropic events. As a non-smoker, he served as chairperson for the Great American Smoke Out from 1981-1992.