Larry Hagman has credited the remake of TV hit Dallas with taking his mind off his wife's Alzheimer condition.
The star of the iconic '80s show was devastated after putting his wife of 57 years, Maj, into an assisted care facility after struggling to look after her himself.
Hagman still sees her everyday, and believes reprising his role as notorious oil baron J.R. Ewing in the rebooted cult show will "save" him.
He tells Britain's The Mail on Sunday, "Her Alzheimer's hasn't yet robbed her of the knowledge of who I am. But I dread that day... It's a cruel disease.
"That's why Dallas is good for me. It made my name the first time around. Now I believe it will save me by keeping me busy and working."