Glen Larson, TV producer, dead at 77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glen A. Larson, a writer and producer behind such notable TV shows as the original “Battlestar Galactica,” ”Knight Rider” and “Magnum, P.I.,” has died.

Larson’s son, James, said Saturday that his father died Friday evening at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center of complications from esophageal cancer.

Larson was nominated three times for an Emmy and once for a Grammy for his success creating and writing shows that dominated TV screens in the 1970s and 1980s.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985.

In addition to his small-screen talents, Larson was an accomplished singer who once played on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and helped write or compose several hit songs.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, a brother and nine children.