Actor Larry Hagman gets a hometown statue

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2008, file photo, the late Actor Larry Hagman poses in front of the Southfork Ranch mansion made famous in the television show, "Dallas", in Parker, Texas. Tourists have been flocking to Southfork Ranch since the early years of the classic series, which ran from 1978 to 1991. And a new “Dallas” starting its second season on TNT on Monday and the recent death of the show's star, Larry Hagman, who legendarily played conniving Texas oilman J.R. Ewing, have also spurred fans to visit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Actor Larry Hagman has been memorialized in bronze in his Texas hometown. The actor most famous as J.R. Ewing in the old 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 Center.

Mayor Dennis Hooks says Hagman, who died in 2012, is Weatherford’s “favorite son.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Hagman’s daughter, Kristina, was among hundreds to attend the unveiling ceremony on Larry Hagman Day in Weatherford. 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.”

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