3. Glen A. Larson
Image retrieved from the Glen A. Larson Memorial Facebook page
Church member Glen A. Larson was a prolific television producer and writer. Perhaps best known for his science fiction series Battlestar Galactica, Larson worked several Mormon themes into the show.
For example, the colonies originated from the planet Kobol (thought to be an anagram of Kolob) and were governed by a “council” or “quorum” of 12. And in the episode “War of the Gods, Part 2,” angels (or advanced beings) explain, “As you are now, we once were; as we are now, you may become.” Sound familiar? Compare it to Lorenzo Snow's famous couplet, “As man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may become.” Even marriages were referred to as sealings that lasted “not only for now, but for all eternity.”
Larson also worked on several other popular television shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy, Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, Quincy, M.E., Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and B.J. and the Bear.
Larson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985. He passed away from esophageal cancer last November.
Larson got his start in the entertainment industry in 1956 as a member of the vocal group The Four Preps, releasing three gold records with Capitol Records. He wrote and produced several songs for the group and later used his musical talents to write the theme songs for The Fall Guy, Battlestar Galactica, and B. J. and the Bear.