David Jacobs (writer)

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David Jacobs (born August 12, 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a television writer who is best known for being the creator of the soap operas Dallas and Knots Landing.[1]

Life and career[edit]

David Jacobs was the elder of two children (with a younger sister) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His Jewish parents were of modest means, and Jacobs' father worked as a household appliance salesman.[1] Jacobs was educated at Baltimore City College High School, and received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.[1] Soon after graduation, he moved to New York City, where he worked as an illustrator and researcher for Grolier's Encyclopedia.[1] However, he soon branched out as a freelance writer of non-fiction articles, the best known of which concerned the architect and inventor, Buckminster Fuller.[1] He also authored a historical work, written for children, on the great artists of the Renaissance.[1]

His marriage to Lynn Pleshette produced one child, his daughter Alben, but ended in divorce. Later, he married his current wife Diana, and has two children with Diana, Aaron and Molly.[1] Jacobs moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his daughter, and tried his hand at screenwriting.[1] His script for a proposed "Houston" later was adapted for the successful Dallas series.[1]


Year Title Creator Writer Producer Director
1977 Kingston: Confidential
1977-1978 Family, season 3
1978-1979 Dallas, seasons 1-3
1979 Kaz
1979 Married: The First Year
1979-1993 Knots Landing
1980 A Perfect Match
1980 Secrets of Midland Heights
1982 Behind the Screen
1982 Chicago Story
1984 Lace
1985 Berrenger's
1986 Dallas: The Early Years
1988-1991 Paradise
1991-1993 Homefront
1992-1993 Bodies of Evidence
1993 The Knots Landing Block Party
1997 Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac
1998 Four Corners
2005 Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "David Jacobs (writer)". World Heritage Encyclopedia. 2014. 

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