Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica Producer Glen A. Larson Is Dead at 77

Posted by at 6:15 pm on November 16, 2014

glen_larsonGlen A. Larson passed away on Friday at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer.

Larson produced many popular and cult favorite shows in the late 1970s and 1980s, including “Magnum, P.I.,” “Knight Rider” (with its talking car), “Battlestar Galactica” (with its space-age hero Starbuck), “The Fall Guy,” “Quincy, M.E.” and “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”

His entertainment career started in the 1950s, when he was a member of the all-male quartet the Four Preps. He started in television in the 1960s, working on “The Fugitive,” “Alias Smith and Jones” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

Larson loved action and science fiction, and “Battlestar Galactica” was a concept he considered for about 10 years before it finally hit the air in 1978.

Larson’s passing was cited on Twitter.

Among them was Ronald D. Moore, who rebooted “Battlestar”:

“Goodbye Glen Larson and thank you for creating one of the shows from my childhood that changed my life. May you find your own 13th Colony.”

Actor Edward James Olmos, who played Commander Adama in the new series, also paid his respects: “Glen Larson, we thank you for the ride, you are battlestar, we will miss you. See you on the other side.”

“Knight Rider” star David Hasselhoff shared his condolences to Larson’s family as well: “(He) had 7 tv series at one time! Without him there’d be no KITT & Michael.”

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