Gene Roddenberry

Producer, Screenwriter, Executive consultant
A visionary writer, producer and futurist, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69) creator Gene Roddenberry changed the face of science fiction with a concept that grew to encompass film, television, comic books and video games, and ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (11)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

(from "Star Trek" created by) (Source Material)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

(from characters created by) (Source Material)

Enterprise 2001 - 2005 (TV Show)

From Story

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Creator

Gene Roddenberry's "Earth: Final Conflict" 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Star Trek: Nemesis 2002 (Movie)

(from television series: "Star Trek") (Source Material)

Star Trek: Voyager 1966 - 1969, 1973 - 1975, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Screenplay

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Creator

Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Have Gun -- Will Travel (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (10)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1973 - 1975, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Planet Earth 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Producer

Genesis II (TV Show)

Producer

Spectre (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Questor Tapes (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (4)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

("Theme From Star Trek TV Series") (Song)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

("Theme From "Star Trek" Tv Series") (Song)

Living in TV Land 1966 - 1969, 1973 - 1975, 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Song

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

("Star Trek (TV series Theme)") (Song)
Actor (3)

America Loves... Star Trek 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Other (13)

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Consultant)

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Consultant)

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Consultant)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Consultant)

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

from television series("Star Trek") (Other)

Biography

A visionary writer, producer and futurist, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69) creator Gene Roddenberry changed the face of science fiction with a concept that grew to encompass film, television, comic books and video games, and whose influence on the genre could only be arguably rivaled by the likes of George Lucas. Although it barely lasted a mere three seasons, "Star Trek" became the first TV series to have an episode preserved in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and was influential enough to prompt NASA to name one of its space shuttles after the show's iconic starship, Enterprise. Following a resurgence in popularity on television syndication, the series was resurrected on the big screen with the visually impressive, yet ponderous film adaptation "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979). The success of the feature film spawned several sequels, including the more warmly received "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). And while his involvement in the features became largely ornamental, Roddenberry brought his creative energies to bear on the first of many TV spin-offs; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994). Despite the fact that it had been 40 years since the original series left the airwaves, the franchise proved to be stronger than ever with the colossal success of the J.J. Abrams-directed feature reboot, "Star Trek" (2009), a prequel chronicling the assemblage of the young Enterprise crew. Beyond merely creating one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, the influence of Roddenberry's brainchild imbedded itself deep within the very fabric of pop culture, its effects even rippling into the realms of real world science and technology.

Relationships

Robert Roddenberry

Brother

Majel Barrett

Wife
born in 1932 married from August 6, 1969 until Roddenberry's death in 1991 appeared in "Star Trek" series

Dawn Compton

Daughter
mother, Eileen Rexroat disinherited by court ruling because she challenged her father's will

Darleen Incopero

Daughter
born c. 1947 mother, Eileen Rexroat died on October 29, 1995 from injuries sustained in car accident in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nichelle Nichols Actor

Companion
later cast as Lt. Uhura on "Star Trek"

Eileen Rexroat

Wife
divorced in 1969

Doris Roddenberry

Sister
survived him

Eugene Roddenberry

Father

Carolyn Roddenberry

Mother
survived son

Eugene Roddenberry

Son
mother, Majel Barrett born c. 1975

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
qualified for pilot's licence

Franklin High School

Los Angeles , California

Columbia University

New York , New York 1945 - 1949
studied while working as a Pan Am pilot

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California
attended for three years; transferred to UCLA(pre-law)

Milestones

1991

Suffered a series of strokes which kept him away from active advisory roles on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the feature "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"

1991

Paramount Television's new office building, housing its syndicated TV division, named the Gene Roddenberry Building in June

1991

"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" dedicated to the memory of Gene Roddenberry

1985

Presented with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first writer-producer to be so honored

1970

Feature debut, produced and wrote the comedy "Pretty Maids All in a Row", the US directing debut for French helmer Roger Vadim

1967

Produced and wrote "Police Story", an unsold pilot

1966

Created, wrote and produced two-hour pilot for "Star Trek" starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike

1960

TV producing debut, "333 Montgomery" (also scripted), an installment of the anthology series "Alcoa Theater"; pilot for "Sam Benedict", a legal series (a second pilot was made and sold starring Edmond O'Brien); featured DeForest Kelley who would play Dr.

1940

As a second lieutenant, flew a B-17 Flying Fortess in 89 missions and sorties including Guadalcanal and Bougainville

1923

Moved with parents from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles at age two (date approximate)

Joined the Los Angeles Police Department and rose to the level of sergeant; initially assigned to the Chief's Office to work on research; became department spokesman and wrote most of Chief William Parker's early speeches; wrote freelance TV scripts; reti

Became interested in science fiction in junior high school after reading an issue of "Astounding Stories"

Worked as a Pan American World Airways airline pilot for four years

Served as executive producer of the syndicated TV series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Created, executive produced and wrote episodes of "Star Trek", the landmark sci-fi adventure series

Worked as a freelance TV writer on such shows as "The U.S. Steel Hour", "Goodyear Theater", "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour", "Four Star Theater", "The Jane Wyman Theater", "Dragnet" and "Naked City"

Volunteered for the US Army Air Corps; ordered in training as a flying cadet as WWII began

President, Norway Productions Inc.

Worked as head writer for the first two seasons of the hit TV Western series, "Have Gun, Will Travel"

Produced and wrote busted sci-fi/fantasy TV pilots for "Genesis II" (1973), "The Questor Tapes" (1974), "Planet Earth" (1974) and "Spectre" (1977)

Began to write short stories and poetry for flying magazines and newspapers while stationed in the South Pacific

Investigated air crashes for the Air Staff upon his return from combat

Created and produced first TV series, "The Lieutenant", a drama about the peacetime Marine Corps

Bonus Trivia

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Roddenberry addressed the 14th Annual Space Congress at Cape Kennedy.

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Roddenberry became the third recipient of the American Freedom Award at the National Space Club's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner. (The previous recipients were Bob Hope and Walter Cronkite.)

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Roddenberry became a Muhlmann Fund Lecturer at the University of Hawaii's School of Astronomy in 1980.

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He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal during WWII

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Roddenberry received a honorary DHL from Emerson College of Boston, MA (1973) and a Doctor of Science from Clarkson College from New York (1981)

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Roddenberry has received the March of Dimes Jack Benny Award for lifetime achievement (1990)

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