Gene Roddenberry, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Gene Roddenberry

American television screenwriter and producer

Date of Birth: 19-Aug-1921

Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas, United States

Date of Death: 24-Oct-1991

Profession: screenwriter, writer, television producer, executive producer, aircraft pilot, film producer, novelist, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Leo


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About Gene Roddenberry

  • Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of the original Star Trek television series, and its first spin-off The Next Generation.
  • Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a police officer.
  • Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war.
  • Later, he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he also began to write scripts for television. As a freelance writer, Roddenberry wrote scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun–Will Travel, and other series, before creating and producing his own television series The Lieutenant.
  • In 1964, Roddenberry created Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being canceled.
  • He then worked on other projects, including a string of failed television pilots.
  • The syndication of Star Trek led to its growing popularity; this, in turn, resulted in the Star Trek feature films, on which Roddenberry continued to produce and consult.
  • In 1987, the sequel series Star Trek: The Next Generation began airing on television in first-run syndication; Roddenberry was heavily involved in the initial development of the series, but took a less active role after the first season due to ill health.
  • He continued to consult on the series until his death in 1991. In 1985, he became the first TV writer with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was later inducted by both the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
  • Years after his death, Roddenberry was one of the first humans to have his ashes carried into earth orbit.
  • The popularity of the Star Trek universe and films has inspired films, books, comic books, video games, and fan films set in the Star Trek universe.

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