R.I.P. Glen A. Larson (1937-2014)

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, iconic TV producer Glen A. Larson has passed away from esophageal cancer. He was 77 years old.

Born on January. 3, 1937, Glen Albert Larson first found success as a singer in The Four Preps during the ‘50s. While he was a member of the band, Larson appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “American Bandstand” in addition to a world tour. But in 1966, Larson shifted his career ambitions to television and sold an episode of “The Fugitive.”

Larson followed that debut by a meteoric rise on “It Takes a Thief,” where he became a producer before creating his first TV series, “Alias Smith and Jones.” Larson went on to produce “Quincy, M.E.,” “B.J. and The Bear,” “The Fall Guy,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

Among genre fans, Larson is best known for creating “Knight Rider” and “Battlestar Galactica” in addition the TV adaptation of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” However, Larson’s biggest success came as the co-creator of “Magnum P.I.” with Donald P. Bellisario. That series featured Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum and it ran for eight seasons on CBS.

During his decades long stint in television, Larson revisited his musical roots by contributing to the themes for “Knight Rider” and “The Fall Guy.”

CraveOnline extends its condolences to Larson’s family, friends and fans all over the world.