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‘J.R.’ honoured at home

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‘J.R.’ honoured at home

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WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) – Actor Larry Hagman has been memorialised in bronze in his Texas hometown.

The actor most famous for playing J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas was remembered Sunday in Weatherford – about 25 miles west of Fort Worth – on what would have been his 83rd birthday with unveiling of a life-size statue on the grounds of the Doss Heritage and Culture Centre.

Mayor Dennis Hooks says Hagman, who died in 2012, is Weatherford’s “favourite son”.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Hagman’s daughter, Kristina, was among hundreds to attend the unveiling ceremony on Larry Hagman Day.

She says the world knows about Texas in a way it never had because a son of Weatherford “brought understanding of what the essence of being a Texan is”.