RIP Glen A. Larson

TV writer and producer Glen A. Larson passed away from esophageal cancer on Friday in Los Angeles.  He is survived by his wife and nine children.

Like many of you who may have grown up during the 1970s, I can thank Brother Larson for supplying the imaginary friends to my swashbuckling childhood.  I pretended that muffy the robot dog was my dog, and followed me around with his distinctive coughing bark.  I pretended to go on adventures with brave Galactica pilots as I explored the fields around my house.  I was thrilled that icons and words from my religion were being co-opted on television.  I didn’t quite get all of it, but it felt right.

On hearing of Brother Larson’s death, I immediately thought of images from the episode called “War of the Gods, Part II.”  I hope the other side is as brilliant and entertaining as he imagined it would be.


  1. Thanks Karen. This is the man responsible for much of the pretending games I would play as a kid, whether as a viper pilot or as the driver of KITT. He was bold enough to inject his beliefs into his work. I don’t think I’ll forget hearing a variation on the famous “as man is, God once was” couplet, uttered by fabulous space aliens. Magnificent.

  2. from IBDb
    “According to “The Garner Files”, the autobiography of James Garner, Garner once got into a physical altercation with Larson on the Universal lot. After Larson had copied a number of scripts from The Rockford Files (1974) and used them for his own shows, Garner’s company complained to the The Writer’s Guild who proceeded to fine Larson for plagiarism. However, this didn’t deter Larson who then ripped-off the theme tune from The Rockford Files for one of his own shows. When Larson approached Garner and asked him if there were any hard feelings, Garner claims that he punched Larson so hard that it knocked him right across a curb, into a motor home and out the other side (The Garner Files, p.129, ISBN 978-1-4516-4260-5.).”

  3. Kevin Barney says:

    I alluded to him once in a sacrament meeting talk over the pulpit, which I also blogged here: “(Many years ago, I was watching the original iteration of Battlestar Galactica, the one with Lorne Green, and there was an episode where a Council of the Twelve intoned something very like that couplet. Only much later did I learn that a producer and creator of the series was a Mormon who liked to slip Mormon ideas into the scripts of the series.)”

    For the full text of the talk/blog post, see here:

  4. WestBerkeleyFlats says:

    Yeah, he ripped a lot of people off, but he did produce “Manimal” and “The Fall Guy.”

  5. Lars Glenson better stay away.

  6. Never saw the original, which may be why when I first saw the images in this post I thought it was from some weird sequel to “Saturday’s Warrior”.

  7. I might fall from a tall building,
    I might roll a brand new car.
    ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that made Redford such a star.


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