Larry Hagman may have been best known for his role as the delightfully despicable oil man J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," but his six-decade career contained many other memorable moments on screen. After all, the actor -- who died Friday at a Dallas hospital -- appeared in more than 80 TV productions and about 20 films.
Although his first TV credits came in 1957 on such now largely forgotten series as "Decoy," "Goodyear Playhouse" and "Studio One in Hollywood," Hagman appeared in the daytime soap opera "The Edge of Night" from 1961 to 1963.
Then came a bit of magic, courtesy of a genie.
Starting in 1965 and running for five seasons, "I Dream of Jeannie" starred Hagman as the beleaguered astronaut Tony Nelson, whose space capsule lands on an island in the South Pacific. (An appropriate location, given that Hagman's mother Mary Martin starred in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical of the same name.) While waiting to be rescued on the island, Nelson finds a mysterious bottle containing the 2,000-year-old Jeannie.
“I liked the premise of ‘Jeannie,’ “ Hagman wrote in his 2001 autobiography, “Hello Darlin’.” “It was good, wholesome, escapist fun, with a healthy dose of sexual tension.”