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J.R. Ewing's top 5 moments

FILE - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Larry Hagman who

FILE - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Larry Hagman who was famed for playing J.R. Ewing has died on November 23, 2012 at a Dallas Hospital. He was 81 years old. 1985: American actor Larry Hagman, who found worldwide fame in his role as J.R. in the American soap opera 'Dallas'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Hulton Archive

Time magazine once called J.R. Ewing a "human oil slick." Surely such slicks have a lot of colorful stories, right? Here are five great -- meaning ignominious -- J.R. moments:

* J.R. commits Sue Ellen to a sanitarium. Hey, at least it was all a dream -- specifically season 8, which was all Pam's (Victoria Principal) dream.

* J.R. secretly mortgages Southfork to enrich himself (who else!)

* J.R. is told by the devil (Joel Grey) to kill himself -- he doesn't, of course, but in the CBS series finale, J.R. gets to see what the world would have been like without him.

* J.R. is shot! At the end of season 2. Whodunit? Sue Ellen's sister / J.R.'s mistress Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby).

* J.R. is near death again! He and half-bro Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) get in a fight, causing an inferno at Southfork, the season 5 cliffhanger.

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