LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 -- Actor Larry Hagman underwent liver transplant surgery Wednesday, two months after the star of TV's 'Dallas' and 'I Dream of Jeannie' disclosed he was suffering from cancer brought on in part by years of heavy drinking. Hagman was listed in critical but stable condition Saturday evening following the 15-hour operation. He entered surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. PDT Tuesday. The 63-year-old son of actress Mary Martin was posted on a national organ donor waiting list in mid- July. Dr. Leonard Makowka, the hospital's director of transplantation, said Hagman came through the surgery very well and 'should have a smooth post-operative course.' The five-year survival rate for liver transplant recipients is about 75 percent, Makowka said. Makowka said there were no signs the cancerous tumor had spread to other parts of Hagman's body. But his condition was further complicated by the cirrhosis of the liver diagnosed in 1992. Without the transplant, Hagman likely would have become seriously ill within six months, Makowka said. Hagman also suffered from gallstones, which had to be removed before the transplant could take place. Makowka said Hagman plans to have New York artist Barton Benes design an artwork out of the gallstone material. Hagman was in 'an extremely positive frame of mind' when they last spoke, Makowka said. Hagman's wife, Maya, and other family members spent the night at the hospital. Hagman will be hospitalized for a minimum of six weeks, he said.
Hospital officials declined to release information about the liver donor. Makowka stressed that Hagman's fame did not speed up the search for the donor organ. The donor organ matched Hagman's anonymous physical profile listed with the United Network for Organ Sharing. When Hagman first revealed he had a malignant tumor in his liver last June, he admitted he was a heavy drinker for many years but said he had no regrets. 'I drank for about 40 years and had a good time,' he said. 'I've beaten most of my buddies out in life, so the rest is kind of cream.' Hagman first gained fame on the 1960s sitcom 'I Dream of Jeannie,' and later starred as evil oil baron J.R. Ewing in hugely popular primetime soap opera 'Dallas,' which ran from 1978 to 1991. Last month, Hagman told TV's 'Entertainment Tonight' he recently spoke about the surgery and recovery process with his old friend David Crosby, the rock musician who underwent a successful liver transplant last November.