Fans mourn 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman
PARKER, Texas -- Tourists and locals flocked to Southfork Ranch over the weekend, bringing flowers in memory of Larry Hagman, who played the infamous J.R. Ewing on the orignal TV show "Dallas" and its revival on TNT
Hagman died in Dallas on Friday at age 81 due to complications from his battle with cancer.
Southfork, a ranch north of Dallas, was known to millions of viewers as the Ewing family home. Exterior shots of the house and pool were shown when the series aired from 1978 to 1991, although the show wasn't filmed there. All of the scenes for the TNT revival were filmed at Southfork or other places in the Dallas area.
The ranch has been open for tours since the mid-1980s.
Linda Sproule of Peterborough, Ontario, a fan of the show in the 1980s, had been traveling through the U.S. the past couple of weeks and heard about Hagman's death Friday while in Dallas.
"I remember on Friday nights we watched it, and J.R. was bigger than life in some ways," she said after taking the Southfork tour Saturday morning. "This ranch is beautiful. Being here is kind of emotional in a way."
Barbara Quinones and her husband were in town for their daughter's soccer tournament and had already planned to visit Southfork when they heard news of Hagman's death.
"We loved him because he was so ruthless," said Quinones, of Albuquerque, N.M. "This is a sad day, but I'm glad we're here."
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