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Gene L. Coon (1924–1973)

Often referred to as 'the forgotten Gene' (a reference to Gene Roddenberry), Gene Lee Coon was one of the most important creative minds behind Star Trek (1966). He is credited with inventing the Klingons and the 'Prime Directive', and with developing the interpersonal dynamics between Spock and McCoy (in particular, the invariably humorous verbal ... See full bio »

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 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Death and the Favored Few (1974) ... (written by - as Gene Coon)
 1974 The Questor Tapes (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Hawkins (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Die Die, Darling (1973) ... (writer)
  Kung Fu (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1973) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1973)
- Chains (1973) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1973 Assignment: Vienna (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Soldier of Fortune (1973) ... (writer)
- So Long, Charlie (1973) ... (writer)
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Can a Dead Man Strike from the Grave? (1972) ... (written by)
 1971 Nichols (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Ketcham Power (1971) ... (as Gene Coon)
 1971 Bearcats! (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Feathered Serpent (1971) ... (written by - as Gene Coon)
 1965-1971 The Virginian (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Regimental Line (1971) ... (writer)
- The Showdown (1965) ... (writer)
 1970-1971 Mod Squad (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Suffer, Little Children (1971) ... (written by)
- Is There Anyone Left in Santa Paula? (1970) ... (written by)
  The Immortal (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1970) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1970)
- White Horse, Steel Horse (1970) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1970 Paris 7000 (TV Series)
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The 3:13 Arrives at Noon (1969) ... (as Lee Cronin)
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Goodbye Harry (1969) ... (written by)
  It Takes a Thief (TV Series) (1 episode, 1969) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1968 - 1969) (story - 4 episodes, 1968)
- A Matter of Grey Matter: Part 2 (1969) ... (teleplay)
- A Matter of Grey Matter: Part 1 (1969) ... (uncredited)
- The Galloping Skin Game (1968) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- A Sour Note (1968) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- Turnabout (1968) ... (story) / (teleplay)
  Star Trek (TV Series) (written by - 6 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (story - 2 episodes, 1968 - 1969)
- Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (1969) ... (story - as Lee Cronin)
- Wink of an Eye (1968) ... (story - as Lee Cronin)
- Spectre of the Gun (1968) ... (written by - as Lee Cronin)
- Spock's Brain (1968) ... (written by - as Lee Cronin)
- Bread and Circuses (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 Journey to Shiloh (screenplay - as Gene Coon)
  Laredo (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1965 - 1967) (written by - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966)
- The Other Cheek (1967) ... (writer)
- A Double Shot of Nepenthe (1966) ... (writer)
- It's the End of the Road, Stanley (1966) ... (writer)
- That's Noway, Thataway (1966) ... (written by)
- The Calico Kid (1966) ... (teleplay)
 1967 First to Fight (written by)
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Night of the Freebooters (1966) ... (writer)
  Combat! (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1966) (story - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966)
- Hills Are for Heroes: Part 2 (1966) ... (written by)
- Hills Are for Heroes: Part 1 (1966) ... (written by)
- The Ringer (1966) ... (story) / (teleplay)
  The F.B.I. (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966)
- Flight to Harbin (1966) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1965 My Favorite Martian (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Hate Me a Little (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The War and Eric Kurtz (1965) ... (story)
 1964 The Killers (screenplay)
  Destry (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1964) (written by - 1 episode, 1964)
- Go Away, Little Sheba (1964) ... (teleplay)
- Stormy Is a Lady (1964) ... (teleplay)
- Destry Had a Little Lamb (1964) ... (written by)
 1963 The Raiders (written by)
  Wagon Train (TV Series) (1 episode, 1963) (written by - 13 episodes, 1960 - 1963) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1958 - 1960) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1963) (teleplay & story - 2 episodes, 1960)
- The Robert Harrison Clarke Story (1963) ... (writer)
- The Molly Kincaid Story (1963) ... (writer)
- The Hollister John Garrison Story (1963) ... (written by)
- The John Turnbull Story (1962) ... (written by)
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Hat of Sergeant Martin (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Who Do the Voodoo (1962) ... (written by)
- An Ensign for McHale (1962) ... (written by)
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Incident of the Dogfaces (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Sergeant Kolchak Fades Away (1962) ... (teleplay)
 1961 Ichabod and Me (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Purple Cow (1961)
 1961 Whispering Smith (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Idol (1961) ... (teleplay)
 1959-1961 Bonanza (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- The Thunderhead Swindle (1961) ... (written by)
- The Ape (1960) ... (written by)
- The Paiute War (1959) ... (written by)
- Death on Sun Mountain (1959) ... (written by)
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Death Is a Smiling Man (1961) ... (writer)
- The Gentleman from Brazil (1961) ... (writer)
 1960 Dan Raven (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Man on the Ledge (1960) ... (writer)
- The Trade (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Semi-Private Eye (1960) ... (written by)
  Mr. Lucky (TV Series) (written by - 9 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- The Gladiators (1960) ... (written by)
- The Parolee (1960) ... (teleplay)
- The Last Laugh (1960) ... (written by)
- The Brain Picker (1960) ... (written by)
- The Sour Milk Fund (1960) ... (written by)
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Land (1960) ... (writer)
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Tallest Marine (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- About Roger Mowbray (1959) ... (story - as Gene Coon)
 1959 Lock Up (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Stakeout (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 The Four Just Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Battle of the Bridge (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 Dragnet (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Big Appetite (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Fifth Man (1959) ... (written by)
 1959 Maverick (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Saga of Waco Williams (1959) ... (teleplay - as Gene Coon)
 1959 No Name on the Bullet (screenplay)
  Zorro (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958) (written by - 1 episode, 1958)
- Rendezvous at Sundown (1958) ... (teleplay)
- Zorro Rides Alone (1958) ... (written by)
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- I, the People (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Rescue 8 (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Ferris Wheel (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Guys Like O'Malley (1958) ... (writer)
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Flight (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957/I Man in the Shadow (written by)
  Medic (TV Series) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1956) (story - 2 episodes, 1956)
- Reach of the Giant: Part 2 (1956) ... (story - as Gene Coon) / (teleplay - as Gene Coon)
- Reach of the Giant: Part 1 (1956) ... (story - as Gene Coon) / (teleplay - as Gene Coon)
- The Good Samaritan (1956) ... (teleplay - as Gene Coon)
- Don't Count the Stars (1956) ... (teleplay)
- Awake to Spring (1956) ... (teleplay - as Gene Coon)
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In 1973, he wrote the teleplay for an unsold television pilot for ABC called "Operation Hang-Ten." The plot involved a young, athletic police officer who worked undercover at venues where criminals victimize adventurous, athletic youths. See more »

Alternate Names:

Gene Coon | Lee Cronin
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Created the Prime Directive against interference with younger civilizations, a central tenet of The United Federation of Planets' code of ethics in "Star Trek" (1966). See more »

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