Glen A. Larson Creator of Magnum P.I. Dies

Glen A. Larson, who co-created Magnum P.I. with Donald Bellisario has died at the age of 77. Larson, whose track record also includes Quincy M. E., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy succumbed to esophageal cancer Friday night.

Glen A. Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy shows as It Takes a Thief, Alias Smith and Jones, B.J.and the Bear, Switch, Manimal, and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

Between 1976-1988, Quincy, Magnum, Knight Rider and Fall Guy accounted for 513 hours of television and 21 combined seasons. Asked how he could keep up such a workload, Larson noted that he only stayed with a series as long as it took to gained stability and be able to run on its own. With Magnum PI, Larson hit the ratings jackpot. It ran for 8 seasons and 162 episodes. With the help of co-creator Donald Bellisario, he was able to score big. Knight Rider and Fall Guy, starring David Hasselhoff and Lee Major respectively, further cemented his place in television history. Knight Rider would last 4 seasons from 1982-1986 and  Fall Guy would go five, 1981-1986.

Larson was born an only child on Jan. 3, 1937, in Long Beach, Calif. His parents moved the family to Los Angeles when Larson was young, and he became enthralled with the art and potential of storytelling while listening to old time radio shows.

Larson wrote an episode of It Takes a Thief, and within the short  of a season went from story editor to producing the series.

He created his first show, the ABC Western Alias Smith and Jones, which starred Peter Duel and Ben Murphy as outlaw cousins trying to go straight.