Roddenberry, Gene


Roddenberry, Gene
in full Eugene Wesley Roddenberry

born Aug. 19, 1921, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
died Oct. 24, 1991, Santa Monica, Calif.

U.S. television and film producer.

He worked as a pilot (1945–49) and police officer (1949–53) before becoming a writer for television series such as Dragnet and Dr. Kildare. He created the idea for the Star Trek series and produced the show from 1966 until it ended in 1969; later rerun in syndication, it developed a durable cult following among fans known as "Trekkies." He produced six Star Trek movies, and from 1987 to 1991 he produced the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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▪ American writer and producer
byname of  Eugene Wesley Roddenberry  
born Aug. 19, 1921, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
died Oct. 24, 1991, Santa Monica, Calif.
 American writer and television and film producer, creator and executive producer of the popular science-fiction television series Star Trek (1966–69), which spawned other television series and a string of motion pictures.

      Roddenberry briefly attended Los Angeles City College, flew B-17 bombers during World War II, and was an airline pilot (1945–49) and a sergeant on the Los Angeles police force (1949–53). He then became a freelance television writer and contributed scripts through 1962 to several network programs, including Dragnet, Highway Patrol, Dr. Kildare, and Have Gun—Will Travel. In 1964 he began trying to sell the idea of Star Trek to producers, but not until Sept. 8, 1966, did the first episode debut on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network. The series was repeatedly threatened with cancellation, but the program's ardent followers, known as “Trekkies,” formed fan clubs and initiated letter-writing campaigns to keep the series alive until Sept. 2, 1969.

      Star Trek chronicled the 23rd-century adventures of a cast of characters headed by Capt. James Kirk, Mr. Spock, and other officers of the starship Enterprise. The 79 aired episodes of the series presented an optimistic view of life in the future as it traced the crew's mission “to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

 Star Trek enjoyed astonishing success in syndication and eventually spawned an animation series (1973–75), a series of theatrical films, and three spin-off television series. Roddenberry was a producer on the first film based on the original series, Star Trek—The Motion Picture, which was released in 1979. It was followed by nine more Star Trek motion pictures, with Roddenberry serving as executive consultant on the first three. Beginning in 1987, he was also executive producer of the sequel television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also wrote Star Trek—The Motion Picture: A Novel (1979).
 

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