David Jacobs was educated as a painter, graduating art college in 1961. He switched to writing about art in the 1960s and published ten books and many magazine articles. He switched to writing fiction in the 1970s and published quite a few short stories, then switched to television in the 1980s and 1990s. His television career worked best for him. Among the many dramatic series he created and produced, the most successful commercially were Dallas and Knots Landing, which ran forever. The most successful artistically were flops.
Jacobs retired from television in 2000, but he is currently producing a motion picture—a newly conceived, newly cast version of Dallas, intended for release in theaters late in 2006. He sits on a board or two here and there, plays pétanque, reads history obsessively, and works with organizations committed to the restoration, preservation, and exhibition of silent films, about which he is passionate. He thinks we’d all be better off if talkies had never happened.
Jacobs lives in Los Angeles with his wife Diana, who is an artist. They have three grown children, two of whom are writers and one who is a graduate student in forensics.