Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing during his days on the original <i>Dallas</i>.

Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing during his days on the original Dallas.

The ashes of former Dallas star Larry Hagman are to be scattered around the world after two private ceremonies in Texas and California this week, his agent says.

The American actor, who as unscrupulous oil magnate JR Ewing captivated the hit show's global audience for more than a decade, died after complications arising from throat cancer last week.

"His family will decide what to do with his ashes," agent John Castonia said in a video published on the Entertainment Tonight television show's website, confirming that there will be no official burial.

"He'll be spread around the world, basically. His son travels a great deal, and I know it'll give Larry great pleasure," Castonia said.

There is also some talk of a statue being erected in Dallas to mark the late actor's place in the affections of Texans after his 1978-1991 role in the original show.

"It would be a fine tribute to him," Castonia said of Hagman, who was 81 when he die.

The actor, who lived in California, was diagnosed in 1992 with cirrhosis of the liver, which later developed into a cancerous tumour. Three years later, he underwent a liver transplant that saved his life. Once known for his partying ways, he gave up drinking and smoking and later headed anti-smoking campaigns.

Hagman first became a TV star in 1965 in the comedy series I Dream of Jeannie, but it was not until Dallas came along that his Hollywood career really took off.

Wearing a Stetson and a smile that barely concealed his constant scheming, Hagman's playing of the villainous millionaire JR won him worldwide fame and powered the TV series to its place as one of the highest-rated of all time.

AFP