Remembering the Brilliant Mind behind “Dallas”

David Jacobs, the incredibly talented creator of beloved television series such as “Knots Landing,” “Dallas,” and “Paradise,” has sadly left us at the age of 84. Variety has reported that Jacobs fought valiantly against Alzheimer’s before peacefully departing from this world at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. His son, Aaron, confirmed the news of his passing to Variety.

One of Jacobs’ most significant contributions to the small screen was the creation of the iconic soap opera, “Dallas.” The series captured the hearts of audiences and remained on air for an impressive 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991. Not only was it loved during its initial run, but it also left a lasting legacy, leading to a rebooted series with the same name that aired from 2012 to 2014.

Jacobs’ visionary storytelling skills also brought us the captivating spinoff, “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. His creativity knew no bounds as he 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 went beyond his work as a creator. He also 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, David Jacobs embarked on a remarkable 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

With the passing of David Jacobs, we say goodbye to 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.


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