David Jacobs, the talented creator behind acclaimed television series such as “Knots Landing,”
“Dallas,” and “Paradise,” has sadly left us. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing, as reported by Variety.
Jacobs fought a valiant battle against Alzheimer’s, and on Sunday, he peacefully departed from this world at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The news of his death was confirmed by his son, Aaron, speaking to Variety.
Remembering the Brilliant Mind behind “Dallas”
One of Jacobs’ most significant contributions to the small screen was the creation of the original soap opera, “Dallas.”
This iconic series captured the hearts of audiences and remained on air for an impressive 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991. It was not only loved by viewers during its initial run but also left a lasting legacy, leading to a rebooted series with the same name that aired from 2012 to 2014.
Jacobs’ visionary storytelling also brought us the captivating spinoff series, “Knots Landing,” which debuted in 1979 and continued to captivate audiences for an impressive 14 seasons until 1993.
Beyond “Dallas” and “Knots Landing”
While “Dallas” and “Knots Landing” were undoubtedly two of his most renowned creations, Jacobs’ talents extended far beyond these iconic shows.
He also co-created the engaging western series, “Paradise,” from 1988 to 1991, alongside Robert Porter. Throughout his career, Jacobs showcased his versatility as a writer, with credits including “Four Corners,” “Family,” “Dallas: The Early Years,” “Kingston: Confidential,” and “Bodies of Evidence.”
A Legacy of Excellence
Jacobs’ contributions to television extended beyond his work as a creator. He served as the executive producer of the beloved series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and “Homefront” on ABC. His remarkable talent and dedication earned him two Emmy nominations, acknowledging his invaluable contributions to the world of television.
Celebrating a Multitalented Life
Born on August 12, 1939, in Baltimore, Jacobs embarked on a journey that allowed him to explore various artistic avenues. He earned a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and continued his education with a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College in New York.
Beyond his achievements in television, Jacobs was a prolific author, sharing his knowledge and passion through books such as “Master Painters of the Renaissance” in 1968 and “Chaplin, the Movies & Charlie” in 1975. His engaging writing also graced the pages of esteemed publications, including Esquire, Newsweek, Holiday, and New York Times Magazine. Additionally, he worked as an articles editor for American Heritage.
Fond Farewell to a Television Legend
David Jacobs will be fondly remembered as an exceptional visionary who brought characters to life and transported audiences into captivating worlds. His contributions to the television landscape will forever leave an indelible mark on the hearts of old audiences worldwide.
As we bid farewell to this remarkable talent, let us celebrate the legacy he has left behind and the joy he brought to so many through his creative endeavors.