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Majel Barrett, Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry [42]


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Born:August 19, 1921
Died:October 24, 1991 (70)
Filmography Rating:7.68 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.45 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.30 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73.23%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Star Trek - Season 1 [1966](45) => Writer / Creator, Original Series
Star Trek - Season 2 [1967](46) => Writer / Creator, Original Series
Star Trek - Season 3 [1968](47) => Creator, Original Series / Writer
Star Trek: The Animated Series [1973](52) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek The Motion Picture [1979](58) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [1982](61) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock [1984](63) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [1986](65) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 [1987](66) => Writer / Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 [1988](67) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier [1989](68) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 [1989](68) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 [1990](69) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [1991](70) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country [1991](70) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [1992](71) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 1 [1993](72) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 2 [1993](72) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 [1993](72) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Generations [1994](73) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 3 [1994](73) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 1 [1995](74) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 2 [1995](74) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 [1995](74) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: First Contact [1996](75) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 5 [1996](75) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 3 [1996](75) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 6 [1997](76) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 4 [1997](76) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 5 [1998](77) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Insurrection [1998](77) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 7 [1998](77) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 6 [1999](78) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 7 [2000](79) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 [2001](80) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 [2002](81) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Nemesis [2002](81) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 3 [2003](82) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 4 [2004](83) => Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Remastered - Season 1 [2007](86) => Writer / Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Remastered - Season 3 [2008](87) => Writer / Creator, Original Series
Star Trek: Remastered - Season 2 [2008](87) => Writer / Creator, Original Series

Trivia that mentions this person:
Star Trek - Season 1 [1966]
  • Gene Roddenberry originally conceived the Klingons as looking more alien than they do in the series, but budget restriction prevented this. When Star Trek moved to the big screen, he was finally able to make Klingons look more alien. The resulting continuity break between TOS and the movies and later series was finally addressed in the [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] episode {Trials and Tribble-ations} in which the character of Worf confirms that something did happen to make the Klingons appear human, but he refuses to elaborate.
  • Early drafts for the Harlan Ellison episode {City on the Edge of Forever} included a guest character, an Enterprise crew member who dealt in addictive drugs; it was this character who escaped into the past, via the Guardian of Forever. Gene Roddenberry asked him to change this element, on the grounds that no member of *his* crew would ever use or deal in illegal drugs. According to Ellison's account in the book 2895's the City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay That Became the Classic Star Trek Episode, for years after the series was cancelled, Roddenberry said that Ellison's original draft had been unusable because "he had Scotty dealing in interplanetary drugs" - although Mr. Scott does not even appear in that draft.
  • Jerry Goldsmith was Gene Roddenberry's first choice to write the theme for this series. Years later, Goldsmith wrote the theme to Star Trek: The Motion Picture which later was used for [Star Trek: The Next Generation].
    Star Trek The Motion Picture [1979]
  • Persis Khambatta became very emotional about having her head shaved for her role. She kept her shorn hair in a box for a time and asked Gene Roddenberry to take out insurance in case her hair didn't grow back. It did.
    Star Trek - Season 2 [1967]
  • The series' opening credits has lyrics that were never used (although they were published in the book The Making of Star Trek, by [?] Stephen A. Whitfield). They were written by Gene Roddenberry so that he would receive a residual for the theme's use alongside the theme's composer, Alexander Courage.
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country [1991]
  • The Vulcan female onboard the Enterprise was originally written to be Saavik from the previous three movies, lending greater impact to her betrayal. However, neither of the actresses who had played Saavik (Kirstie Alley, Robin Curtis) were available and Gene Roddenberry also insisted that they couldn't villify a character so beloved by the fans, so the character was rewritten into Valeris, who is played by Kim Cattrall.
  • First [Star Trek] production to officially establish that Kirk's middle name is Tiberius and Sulu's first name is Hikaru. Tiberius had been mentioned in an episode of the [animated Star Trek series], however by this point the cartoon was no longer considered canonical. No first (or last) name is offered for Uhura in this film, which is taken as confirmation of Gene Roddenberry's contention that she has no other name.
    Star Trek: The Animated Series [1973]
  • When story editor D.C. Fontana was writing her episode {Yesteryear}, she ran into opposition from the network executives when they learned her story would have Spock's beloved pet mortally wounded and requiring euthanasia. The executives were concerned that it would upset young viewers and insisted that the pet be allowed to live. Gene Roddenberry supported Fontana and reassured the management that she would handle the story appropriately. As it turns out, there were never any complaints about the episode and the story is considered the finest of the series.
  • The show's final episode, {Counter-Clock Incident}, introduced the very first captain of the Enterprise, Robert April. Due to Gene Roddenberry's later request that the animated series not be considered canon, however, it has never been made part of official [Star Trek] continuity that Capt. April was the first captain of the USS Enterprise.
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 1 [1993]
  • Reportedly, Gene Roddenberry was made aware of plans for [DS9] not long before his death in 1991, making this the last [Star Trek] TV series that he was connected with.
    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 [1987]
  • Gene Roddenberry's original scripts for [TNG]'s premiere story, {Encounter at Farpoint}, did not include any scenes set in the Enterprise's engine room. When he learned that Paramount was therefore refusing to pay to build an engine room set, he revised the scripts to include the engine room.
    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 [1988]
  • Wesley Crusher takes his first name from Gene Roddenberry's middle name.
    Star Trek: Remastered - Season 3 [2008]
  • Gene Roddenberry once hypothesized that the Enterprise carried a platoon of Starfleet Marines, but they never appeared onscreen in the original series. The Starfleet Marines would eventually make an appearance, but not until Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]. The idea was revived with the addition of a group of "space marines" beginning in the [2003-2004] season of Enterprise.
  • Sulu and Uhura didn't have first names in this series. Sulu did get a first name (Hikaru) but not until Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Fans have tried to give Uhura a first name ("Nyota" or "Penda") but there has never been any official confirmation. Gene Roddenberry said Uhura has only the one name, which is Swahili for "freedom". In the eleventh movie in the series, however, the name "Nyota" has been finally entered as her canonical first name.
    Star Trek: Remastered - Season 2 [2008]
  • The series' opening credits has lyrics that were never used (although they were published in the book The Making of Star Trek, by [?] Stephen A. Whitfield). They were written by Gene Roddenberry so that he would receive a residual for the theme's use alongside the theme's composer, Alexander Courage.
    Star Trek: Remastered - Season 1 [2007]
  • Stardates were established in order to keep the audience guessing as to when the series takes place. A calendar year for the adventures of the Enterprise crew is never given in any episode, and Gene Roddenberry said the series could have taken place anywhere from the 21st to the 31st Centuries. By the time of [Star Trek: The Next Generation], however, calendar years for Trek adventures had been established and the official [Star Trek] chronology now indicates that the original [Star Trek] TV series takes place between the years 2266 and 2269.
  • Early drafts for the Harlan Ellison episode {City on the Edge of Forever} included a guest character, an Enterprise crew member who dealt in addictive drugs; it was this character who escaped into the past, via the Guardian of Forever. Gene Roddenberry asked him to change this element, on the grounds that no member of *his* crew would ever use or deal in illegal drugs. According to Ellison's account in the book 2895's the City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay That Became the Classic Star Trek Episode, for years after the series was cancelled, Roddenberry said that Ellison's original draft had been unusable because "he had Scotty dealing in interplanetary drugs" - although Mr. Scott does not even appear in that draft.
  • Jerry Goldsmith was Gene Roddenberry's first choice to write the theme for this series. Years later, Goldsmith wrote the theme to Star Trek: The Motion Picture which later was used for [Star Trek: The Next Generation].
  • Gene Roddenberry originally conceived the Klingons as looking more alien than they do in the series, but budget restriction prevented this. When Star Trek moved to the big screen, he was finally able to make Klingons look more alien. The resulting continuity break between TOS and the movies and later series was finally addressed in the [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] episode {Trials and Tribble-ations} in which the character of Worf confirms that something did happen to make the Klingons appear human, but he refuses to elaborate.
    Star Trek - Season 3 [1968]
  • Sulu and Uhura didn't have first names in this series. Sulu did get a first name (Hikaru) but not until Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Fans have tried to give Uhura a first name ("Nyota" or "Penda") but there has never been any official confirmation. Gene Roddenberry said Uhura has only the one name, which is Swahili for "freedom". In the eleventh movie in the series, however, the name "Nyota" has been finally entered as her canonical first name.
    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [1991]
  • {The Game} was the first episode to air following Gene Roddenberry's death.
    Star Trek Beyond [2016]
  • Simon Pegg identified the space station as "Starbase Yorktown" in early interviews. "Yorktown" was the original name of the starship in Gene Roddenberry's early script treatments for the original [Star Trek] series, before this was changed to "Enterprise".
  • Writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin made the decision of making Sulu gay as a nod to original actor George Takei, who has since become a prominent LGBT rights activist. However, Takei has since stated his disagreement with this decision as that was not Gene Roddenberry's intention for the character Hikaru Sulu.
    Star Trek: Discovery - Season 1 [2017]
  • When Saru asks the computer to list the best captains in Starfleet, living or dead, the list includes Captains Archer (From [Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)]), April (From Gene Roddenberry's original plans for the original series) and Pike (From the original series pilot ["The Cage"]) as well as Captain Georgiou from the first two episodes of [Star Trek: Discovery].