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October 14, 2011 at 08:23 PM EDT

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Larry Hagman has been diagnosed with cancer, but still hopes to continue his role on TNT’s upcoming revival of Dallas.

The actor issued a statement announcing the news, which was first reported by TV Guide. The 80-year-old actor declined to say what kind of cancer he has, only that it was “very common and treatable.” Hagman is set to reprise his role as J.R. Ewing as part of an ensemble cast relaunching the iconic 1980s TV series for a new generation

“As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery,” Hagman said. “But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. 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!”

Warner Bros. TV and TNT issued the following statement: “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 expects to start production on the series Oct. 17.

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‘Dallas’: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray reunite! — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

TNT’s ‘Dallas’: New cast photos!

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