Stars have flooded Twitter and Facebook with heartfelt messages about actor Larry Hagman, who died Friday at age 81 due to complications from his battle with cancer.
He's being remembered for his long-running role on CBS' "Dallas," portraying J.R. Ewing, one the greatest villains in TV history. But Hagman appears to have made a lasting mark on his fellow actors and other people he met through the years, too.
His "I Dream of Jeannie" co-star Barbara Eden remembered Hagman in a Facebook post: "He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times." She added, "I, like many others believed he had beat Cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed."
Linda Gray, who portrayed J. R.'s wife, Sue Ellen, on "Dallas," wrote: "Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, funny, loving and talented, and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the full. The world was a brighter place because of Larry."
Larry King wrote that Hagman "helped me to stop smoking," and John Stamos tweeted: "sat next to larry hagman on a plane- if some1 asked for autograph he'd ask for a joke as payment. was really cute (up until 24th one)."
Take a look at how Hagman is being remembered:
So sad to lose such a wonderful dear bigger than life friend. Larry Hagman was one of a kind and will be with us all forever.-- Linda Gray (@Linda_Gray) November 24, 2012
I'm shocked.Larry Hagman was a dear man who had an incredible career.He helped me to stop smoking.He really was a very special person.-- Larry King(@kingsthings) November 24, 2012
Aww, man... Larry Hagman died. I was just watching him in PRIMARY COLORS on my flight. JR Ewing AND Major Nelson = HUGE bucket of win life.-- KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 24, 2012
Sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman. I grew up just miles from the ol' South Fork Ranch. Lots of rides out that way.-- Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) November 24, 2012
Just came down to civilization and heard about Larry Hagman, rest in peace. What a wonderful actor, honored to have worked with him.-- Felicity Huffman (@FelicityHuffman) November 24, 2012
Larry Hagman made tv we will remember forever as J.R. But I will also treasure his charm and devotion to family, friends. Rest in peace.-- Julie Chen(@JulieChen) November 24, 2012
#LarryHagman - I'll never forget the time he taught me his recipe for the pot biscuits he ate for breakfast. U were one of the bestest, Hag-- Bill Maher (@billmaher) November 25, 2012
Loved Larry Hagman as Major Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie"...so charming RIP...— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) November 24, 2012
R.I.P Larry Hagman! What a legacy! Peace!-- boygeorge (@BoyGeorge) November 24, 2012
#RIP Larry Hagman - he once told me that LSD took the fear of death away & it oughta be mandatory that all politicians do it at least once-- Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) November 24, 2012
So sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman. Sending love and respect to his family.-- Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) November 24, 2012
sat next to larry hagman on a plane- if some1 asked for autograph he'd ask for a joke as payment. was really cute (up until 24th one) RIP-- John Stamos (@JohnStamos) November 24, 2012
RIP my dear, longtime friend and brother. You brought so much fun to everyone's life & so much family to me & my family. always in my heart-- Peter Fonda (@iamfonda) November 24, 2012
One winter as Larry Hagman's neighborhe'd invite our kids to join his parade on the beach.He'd march in caftan w/flute.Joyful soul-- Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) November 24, 2012
RIP Larry Hagman! Definitely left a mark on my childhood-- Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) November 24, 2012
Larry Hagman not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana. I'll miss him. -Barbara-- Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) November 24, 2012
Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. -Barbara-- Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) November 24, 2012
Very sad to hear that Larry Hagman has died. His JR Ewing character was the greatest TV villain of them all. Wonderful actor. #RIP-- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 24, 2012
It was truly an honor to share the screen with Mr. Larry Hagman.With piercing wit and undeniable charm he brought ... tmi.me/B6G6s-- Jesse Metcalfe (@jessemetcalfe) November 24, 2012
Very sad to hear about larry hagman. He was the best tv baddie and from people who met him all said he was a great guy. He will be missed.-- Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) November 24, 2012
So sad to hear about Larry Hagman's passing. A picture of me with "J.R." from years ago: instagr.am/p/L1HerRSZAG/-- Katie Couric (@katiecouric) November 24, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Hagman. My best, Bill-- William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 24, 2012