Larry Hagman, who played oil baron J.R. Ewing on the 1980s series "Dallas," revealed in a statment on Friday, October 14, that he is currently battling cancer but will continue working on the new "Dallas" series set to air in 2012.
"As J.R. I could get away with anything -- bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer," Hagman, 80, said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The actor did not specify what kind of cancer he has, he only mentioned that it was "it is a very common and treatable form of cancer."
Hagman also said, "I will be receiving treatment while working on the new 'Dallas' series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can't keep J.R. down!"
The actor will reprise his role as J.R. Ewing on the new "Dallas" series set to debut in the summer of 2012 on TNT. Also set to return - Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, who will reprise their roles of Ewing's younger brother Bobby and the oil tycoon's ex-wife Sue Ellen.
TNT also released a statement about Hagman's health on Friday saying, "Everyone at Warner Horizon Television, TNT and the entire Dallas family completely supports Larry Hagman during this time. We look forward to watching Larry once again work his magic by bringing one of television's most interesting, complex and controversial characters back to the screen in the new Dallas series."
Hagman has had several health problems in the past that include a previous battle with cancer and cirrhosis of the liver that led to a liver transplant in 1995.
The original "Dallas" series ran from 1978 to 1991 and was famous for cliffhangers, namely the "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline.
The new show will follow J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing's son John Ross, played by Josh Henderson, and the adopted son of Bobby, Christopher, who is portrayed by Jesse Metcalfe. The two clash over the future of the family dynasty.
Henderson played Austin on "Desperate Housewives." Metcalfe portrayed John on the ABC drama series and also played Miguel on the soap opera "Passions."
Also joining the new "Dallas" - "The Fast & the Furious" actress Jordana Brewster will play Elena, a woman in the middle of a love triangle with John and Christopher.Brenda Strong, who voices Mary Alice Young on "Desperate Housewives," is set to play Ann Ewing, Bobby's wife, on the new "Dallas."
Julie Gonzalo plays Christopher's fiance, Rebecca Sutter. She portrayed Maggie on the show "Eli Stone" and Parker on "Veronica Mars."