Legendary TV producer Glen A. Larson dead at 77

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Legendary TV producer Glen A. Larson dead at 77
SEATTLE - OCTOBER 22: Executive Producer Glen A.Larson at Experience Music Project on October 22, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Dana Nalbandian/WireImage)
Glen A. Larson during 2003 Galacticon Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of 'Battlestar Galactica' - Day One at The Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Producer Glen A. Larson attends the 23rd Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards on March 21, 1986 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1958: Pop singer Rick Nelson holds an acoustic guitar as he performs with his backing vocal group 'The Four Preps' (L-R: Marv Inabnett, Bruce Belland, Rick Nelson, Glen Larson (who became a TV producer), Ed Cobb) in circa 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
HEATHER THOMAS with George Fortmuller at the party in the home of producer Glen Larson on his wedding day.Supplied by Photos, inc.(Credit Image: © Supplied By Globe Photos, Inc/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
LOS ANGELES - NOV 3: David Hasselhoff, Glen Larson arrive at the Hollywood Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary Celebration at Hollywood & Highland on November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA

The iconic television writer, creator, and producer Glen A. Larson passed away Friday, November 14, at the age of 77.

Larson was perhaps best known for creating some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s and '80s including Alias Smith and Jones, McCloud, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, B.J. And The Bear, Trauma Center, Quincy M.E., Manimal, The Fall Guy, and Magnum P.I.

However, two of Larson's most lasting creations are still cultural touchstones to this day. In 1982, Larson introduced KITT, the artificially intelligent car, and David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight to American audiences with Knight Rider, and it quickly became one of the biggest TV hits of its day.

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Four years prior, Larson created a show that would, much later, become a hugely celebrated franchise. In 1978, Larson brought the cult classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica to TVs across the country.

While not a huge success in 1978 – the show only ran one season – it gained new life and a resurgence in popularity due to a celebrated reimagining on the SyFy network (then called the Sci-Fi network) that lasted four seasons and was nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards, of which the show won three.

Glen A. Larson served as a consulting producer during the run of the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

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According to Larson's son, James Larson, in an interview with The Associated Press, the iconic producer passed away at the UCLA Medical Center after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Larson is survived by his wife, his brother, and his nine children from two marriages.

As mentioned before, one of Larson's most beloved additions to the television landscape was the action-adventure series Knight Rider. Recently, the show's original star, David Hasselhoff, reunited with KITT - his super smart Pontiac Firebird Trans Am co-star. Check out the video below for more.

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