Who Hung J.R.? We Did!

Dallas, JR Ewing, Larry Hagman, Lego

Square one

Today marks the 40th anniversary of “Dallas’s” famous “Who Shot J.R.?” revelation, and I’m marking the occasion with a special tribute to Larry Hagman.

This Lego portrait of the late, great “Dallas” star was created by my husband Andrew, who employed the same method he used to create a portrait of Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen Ewing a few years ago.

First, Andrew found a shot of J.R. that he liked — it comes from a BVD underwear ad that Hagman did in the 1980s — and used a software program to digitize it. Andrew then recreated the image with Lego, affixing the little plastic bricks to six plates that form a complete picture when joined together.

By the way: The software automatically turned J.R.’s face a devilish shade of red, and after we had the portrait framed, we discovered there’s a counterfeit Lego brick among all the real ones. (How fitting!) And while most of the bricks are red, white and yellow, there is a single blue brick in ol’ J.R.’s right eye and another in his hat.

This is Andrew’s fourth “Dallas” Lego project: In addition to the Sue Ellen portrait, he created a Southfork playset and a diorama of the “Who Shot J.R.?” scene.

The 45-inch-by-30-inch J.R. portrait now hangs next to Sue Ellen’s at Dallas Decoder World Headquarters in Washington, D.C. It’s nice to see them together again, don’t you think?

Dallas, JR Ewing, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing

Hanging out


  1. I love it! Thanks for posting about this. It’s so nice to have our living room decorated with something special.

  2. A man of integrity 4 decades on!

  3. Very beautiful!

  4. Wow, this is great! You did a terrific Job, Andrew, and thank you for sharing it with all of us, Chris! Sue Ellen’s lego picture looks wonderful too. It’s nice indeed to see them together on the wall.
    So, when you two sit in your living room, I wonder… Do you sometimes hear whispering voices from the wall? J.R. and Sue Ellen fighting and sweet-talking passionately like in good old times?… 😉

  5. The_lost_son says:

    Very well Done. Always happy for ans Update. Terrific Site. Passion about this Great Show in every Detail.

  6. The portrait of J.R. really fantastic. Interesting about the details. I hesitate to offer suggestions, although I would like to ask if you tried running the Jock Ewing portrait with the software?

  7. Should I put the entire site on the side of a milk carton now? 🙂

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