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Glen A. Larson
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Role: Executive Producer
BSG Universe: Original Series
Date of Birth: January 3, 1937
Date of Death: November 14, 2014
Age at Death: 77
Nationality: USA USA
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Glen A. Larson (born 3 January 1937, died 14 November 2014) is the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica and a "consulting producer" for the 2003 Re-imagined Series.

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.

Early Life

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.[1]

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.[1] 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)"[2] and "Big Man." In 1959, Larson appeared in the film Gidget, making it his first on-screen appearance.

Career

During his work with the Four Preps, Glen A. Larson began writing using IBM Selectrics, writing his first script called "Finger Popper," a script that has never been produced.[1]

Philosophy

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]."[3]

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.[4] Jeff Freilich, Chris Bunch, and Alan Cole, among others, have noted this in various interviews relating to Larson's approach.

Notable Filmography

  • 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)

Official Statements

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.[5]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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.
  2. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs, 2nd, London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The curse word 'Battlestar Galactica' created (backup available on Archive.org) . (2 September 2008). Retrieved on 9 October 2008.