Glen A. Larson
|BSG Universe:||Original Series|
|Date of Birth:||January 3, 1937|
|Date of Death:||November 14, 2014|
|Age at Death:||77|
According to the Official Companion, Larson wanted a credit for the new 2003 Miniseries by Ronald D. Moore who began the Re-imagined Series, and his claim went to arbitration at the Writer's Guild of America. Ron Moore actually felt that Larson deserved a credit because the story was essentially the same as Larson's, just done "in different ways". As a result, Larson is credited in the Miniseries under the pseudonym "Christopher Eric James." Larson is also credited as a consulting producer on every episode of the Re-imagined Series because he holds the rights to the concept of Battlestar Galactica.
As child to a single mother, Glen A. Larson would be later described as a "latchkey kid" by his son, David Larson, who notes his father's predilection for running water as being a means to remind himself of the halcyon time in his childhood. This was because Glen A. Larson's mother would start running a bath upon returning from work at night, and thus Larson would know that she had returned.
The Four Preps
Later in life as a kid, he became a page at NBC, where he became surrounded by motion picture and, later, television production. During this time, he also entered music under The Four Preps in the late 1950s, writing and performing songs that hit the top 5 in the Billboard pop charts, including "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" and "Big Man." In 1959, Larson appeared in the film Gidget, making it his first on-screen appearance.
When it came to writing, Larson believed that "writing isn't writing, it's rewriting" during the search for themes of a story. Whenever he would come across a story problem, he would "reverse it" -- "if you can't make something happen one way you look at the opposite [ways]."
He was also known for isolating himself from distractions, secluding himself in his Malibu, California residence when writing, not answering phone calls and delegating tasks to others. Jeff Freilich, Chris Bunch, and Alan Cole, among others, have noted this in various interviews relating to Larson's approach.
- It Takes a Thief (1968) (TV series) (associate producer)
- The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (1973) (TV movie) (executive producer)
- The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973) (TV movie) (executive producer)
- Quincy, M.E. (1976) (TV series) (executive producer)
- Battlestar Galactica (1978)
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Movie and TV series (1979)
- Galactica 1980 (1980)
- Magnum, P.I. (1980)
- Knight Rider (1982)
- Team Knight Rider (1997) TV Series (executive producer)
- Millennium Man (1999) (TV) (executive producer)
- Battlestar Galactica (2003) TV Miniseries (consulting producer)
- Battlestar Galactica (2004) TV Series (consulting producer)
- Caprica (2009) TV Series (consulting producer)
- Glen A. Larson comments on the Re-imagined Series:
- Our point was to whenever possible make it a departure like you're visiting somewhere else and we did coin certain phrases for use in expletive situations, but we tried to carry that over into a lot of other stuff, even push brooms and the coin of the realm.
- Altman, Mark A.; Gross, Edward (2018). So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica. Tor Books. ISBN 9781250128942, p. 35.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs, 2nd, London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.
- Altman, Mark A.; Gross, Edward (2018). So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica. Tor Books. ISBN 9781250128942, p. 34.
- Altman, Mark A.; Gross, Edward (2018). So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica. Tor Books. ISBN 9781250128942, p. 36.
- The curse word 'Battlestar Galactica' created (backup available on Archive.org) . (2 September 2008). Retrieved on 9 October 2008.