Glen A. Larson, To Whom Countless TV Fans Owe A Debt That Can Never Be Repaid, Has Died

Glen A. Larson

Glen A. Larson, left, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, at Robin’s Nest estate discussing the possibility of making RECOiL a TV series instead of a movie. Larson’s advice: “An hour and a half of RECOiL is plenty.”

Santa Monica, CA— Prolific television writer and the creator or co-creater of some amazing shows Glen A. Larson died Friday after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 77.

If you watched any television whatsoever between 1975 and 1985, odds are good you saw something he wrote or produced.

Larson was the showrunner and creator or co-creator of such 70s and 80s television gems as “Magnum, PI,” “Manimal,” “Knight Rider,” “Quincy, ME,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Fall Guy.” First getting his start as a singer in the musical group “The Four Preps,” he also wrote many of the songs used as his series’ theme songs. Take a minute to go watch the opening to the “Fall Guy,” and sing along to “The Unknown Stuntman.” We’ll wait, go ahead.

Larson was also adept at adapting films or film genres to being successful on TV. He helped bring galaxy-hopping sic-fi in the same vein as “Star Wars” to TV, with shows like “Galactica” and “Buck Rogers.” In his final years, he was working feverishly to adapt “RECOiL” into a TV series.

He is survived by his third wife, Jeannie, and his nine children: James, Kimberly, Christopher, Glen, Michelle,David, Caroline, Danielle and Nicole. Continue reading