Remembering David Jacobs: Creator of 'Dallas' and 'Knots Landing' Passes Away at 84

David Jacobs, creator of TV series like "Knots Landing," "Dallas," and "Paradise," has passed away at the age of 84.

He had been battling Alzheimer's for several years and died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

Jacobs is known for creating the original soap opera "Dallas," which aired for 14 seasons from 1978 to 1991, and its reboot from 2012 to 2014.

He also created the spinoff series "Knots Landing," which ran for 14 seasons from 1979 to 1993.

Alongside "Dallas" and "Knots Landing," he co-created the Western series "Paradise" with Robert Porter, which aired from 1988 to 1991.

He was involved in other TV projects including "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Homefront," receiving two Emmy nominations.

Born on August 12, 1939, in Baltimore, Jacobs had an educational background in art, earning a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a master's in art history from Hunter College in New York.

He was also an author, writing books such as "Master Painters of the Renaissance" and "Chaplin, the Movies & Charlie," and contributed to publications like "Esquire," "Newsweek," and "New York Times Magazine."

Jacobs is survived by his wife Diana, children Aaron and Molly, daughter Albyn Hall from a previous marriage, and grandchildren Riley and Georgia.