Glenn A. Larson

Occupation: 
Entertainer
Editor / Writer
US USA

TV producer and writer Glen Larson, who was behind a string of hit series in the 1970s and '80s, including "Magnum, P.I.," "Knight Rider," "Quincy M.E." and the original "Battlestar Galactica," died Friday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 77. The cause was complications related to esophageal cancer, said his son, James Larson.

Many of the hit shows Glen Larson produced found little favor with critics, including "B.J. and the Bear" (1979), about a trucker and his pet monkey. And despite his success, sometimes with multiple series running simultaneously, he never won an Emmy.

But Larson felt he knew what viewers wanted, and he was proved right in many cases.

"I'm proudest of the fact that I fell in step with an audience taste level that I knew how to judge and maybe deliver for, and consistently," he said in a 2009 oral history interview by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "It wasn't a one-shot, it wasn't a lucky this or a that.

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From LA Times