Played By: Larry Hagman
With TV's string of power-hungry alpha male villains of the last decade or so, it's easy to forget that there were some swaggering evil bastards back in the day as well. Though many of us only know J.R. Ewing from The Simpsons parody "Who Shot Mr. Burns," not to mention that time grandma watched TNT's Dallas reboot when she were over last Thanksgiving, Ewing is still arguably the most reviled villain in TV history.
With the niche viewing we've grown accustomed to today, it's difficult to comprehend the show's cultural importance. Here's one particularly staggering fact: 83 million people watched the "Who Shot J.R." episode.
Hagman (who passed away last November) went on to appear in all 357 episodes of Dallas, and if you haven't seen one of them, check out this super cut of J.R.'s best moments. The man has more one-liners in this ten minute video than some comedies have in their entire run.