Glen A. Larson
Glen Albert Larson is an American television producer and writer best known as creator of the series Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Knight Rider.
Larson began his career in the entertainment industry in 1956 as a member of the vocal group The Four Preps, with whom he appeared in one of the Gidget films. The Four Preps ultimately produced three gold records for Capitol, all of which Larson wrote and/or composed: “26 Miles ,” “Big Man” and “Down By The Station.” A later member of the Four Preps, David Somerville, and a session singer he knew, Gail Jensen, later collaborated with Larson to write and compose “The Unknown Stuntman,” the theme from The Fall Guy, whose lead cast member, actor Lee Majors, performed the selection over the opening titles.
After working for Quinn Martin Sr. on productions including The Fugitive, Larson signed a production deal with Universal Studios. His first hit series was Alias Smith and Jones, a Western which described the activities of Hannibal Heyes and “Kid Curry,” concentrating on their efforts to go straight.
Larson was involved in the development for television of The Six Million Dollar Man, based on Martin Caidin’s novel Cyborg, into the successful series that starred Lee Majors in the title role, and was one of the program’s early executive producers.