Battlestar Galactica, Magnum P.I. Creator Glen A. Larson Dies at 77

Children of the ’70s and ’80s have lost one of their seminal storytellers.

Emmy nominee Glen A. Larson, who created dozens of hit series including Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Quincy M.E., Cover Up, Magnum, P.I., Manimal, The Fall Guy and Knight Rider, died Friday night at age 77 at a California hospital. The cause of death was esophageal cancer.

Larson, who began his show-biz career in the 1950s as a member of The Four Preps singing group, transitioned to TV writing a decade later with an episode of The Fugitive.

His trio of Emmy nominations came in 1974 and 1975 for McCloud (as Outstanding Limited Series) and in 1977, when Quincy M.E. was in the race for Outstanding Drama Series.

Larson also composed the theme songs for several of his hit shows, including “The Ballad of the Unknown Stuntman” (from The Fall Guy), “Knight Rider Theme” and the theme from “Six Million Dollar Man.”

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  1. thisismenow says:

    May he rest in peace.

  2. christopher bee says:

    Glen was an inspiration and a genius. R.i.P.

  3. Tran says:

    The original Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff was my fave from Glen Larson. Hope that Knight Rider theme brings music to my ears. RIP :-(

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  5. frustratedwithbadtvshows says:

    So sad to hear about Glen A. Larson’s death. I was a fan of many of his shows!

  6. puredieselbc says:

    Larson, Spelling and Cannell…that’s my childhood right there. Rest in peace Glen and thanks.

    • Robin says:

      I completely agree!! Cannell nod to Larson with a cylon in the credits of the A Team. I grew up on the oringal Battlestar Galactica, fCharlies Angels, and Hunter along with count,ess other shows this trio created.

  7. Dee says:

    Many of my evenings of childhood were watching his great shows. I only wish my own kids had as many wonderful creative shows to watch today. God bless and test in peace.

  8. ninamags says:

    My entire childhood. Right there.

    Damn. He entertained a hell of a lot of people.



  9. DJ Doena says:

    Glen, you will be missed. As a child I watched your shows, even from behind the Iron Curtain.

  10. DJ Doena says:

    Goodbye Glen. You will never be unknown.

  11. Bark Star says:

    TV history and childhood memory. May the gods welcome you.

  12. Reed Bennett says:

    Glen was also responsible for The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series. What a great talent!