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Larry Hagman

Actor Larry Hagman, star of 1980s TV show Dallas, went vegan after being diagnosed with cancer. The 80-year-old actor, best known for playing oil magnate JR Ewing, replaced meat and dairy with a plant-based diet, enabling him to lose 30 pounds and become cancer-free.

Hagman kick-started his acting career in the Margo Jones Theatre-in-the-Round in Dallas, Texas. He then appeared in the New York City Center production of "Taming the Shrew", followed by a year in regional theater. In 1956, he was chosen to be in the popular daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, in which he starred for two years. He later went on to become the friendliest television star in the NBC sitcom I Dream of Jeanie (1965), in which he played the amiable astronaut Anthony Nelson. The series ran for five years and after that, he continued his success in The Good Life (1971) and Here We Go Again (1973), as well as a number of guest-starring roles on many series. He also performed alongside Lauren Bacall in the television version of the hit Broadway musical Applause (1973). In 1977, he got his big break in the soap opera Dallas, which ran for 14 1/2 seasons, with the "Who shot J.R.?" episode remaining the second most highly-rated television show in the history of the satellite. Since his name was familiar with Texas, it was suiting that he hosted Lone Star (1985), an eight-part documentary series related to the history of Texas, for the Public Television Stations. 

Away from films, Larry was actively involved in a series of civic and philanthropic events. An adamant non-smoker, he served as the chairperson of the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout", from 1981 to 1992. He died at age 81 on November 23, 2012 at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas from complications of throat cancer.

The first thing I did when I was diagnosed was to turn vegan. Now I live on fresh vegetable drinks.”
Larry Hagman