b. September 21, 1931
d. November 23, 2012
In the 70s he played an astronaut for whom a genie appeared in a puff of pink smoke. In the 80s he played oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV's Dallas.
His autobiography Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life reveals TV star Larry Hagman inhaled. He wrote, “Why that stuff should be illegal is beyond me. It's so benign compared to alcohol. When you come right down to it, alcohol destroys your body and makes you do violent things. With grass you sit back and enjoy life.”
Hagman described the first time he tried pot: "I was down in Acapulco, and [VIP Jack Nicholson] said, 'You're drinking too much,' and he was right. So he said, 'Smoke this stuff,' and I did, and it opened me up to a lot of things too. It's a calming drug. It's not a drug; it's an herb."
During the filming of "I Dream of Jeannie," Hagman wrote, "Peter Fonda took me to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash. After the show we went backstage and visited David Crosby. Before we left, David handed me a handful of tabs. This wasn't ordinary LSD. It was the purest acid available, made by Stanley Owsley, the famed underground chemist from San Francisco." He added, "LSD is illegal because it opens up your mind to all kinds of facets of existence, and that's frightening for every government. I don't blame them."
In a 2010 interview with Joy Behar, Hagman said for him, LSD "took the fear of death away...I went into this place that was the white light where everything's OK. And I think it ought to be mandatory that all our politicians should do it at least once." Behar noted that Cary Grant also took LSD and commented that it was popular among Hollywood people. "Yes, and college students and high school students and doctors and lawyers and dentists..." said Hagman.
In an August, 2011 interview with the New York Times Magazine, Hagman talked about profound experiences with mescaline taken on an Indian reservation, when he had a feeling of flying. After pyschedelic experiences, he said, "It comes into play in your permanent psyche. For me, they gave me great compassion and a love of everything." When he dies, he wants to be "spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry."
Hagman worked up until his death at the age of 81.
BTW, on "Dallas" JR was shot by the daughter of another pot enthusiast, VIP Bing Crosby.