|Majel Barrett||(29 December 1969 - 24 October 1991) (his death) 1 child|
|Eileen Anita Rexroat||(20 June 1942 - 27 December 1969) (divorced) 2 children|
His stories often reflect his social views
His characters are often very diverse, covering many races and ethnicities
Frequently used sci-fi stories as metaphors for social issues
Best known as the creator of the television series "Star Trek" (1966)
Often used colors to show authority (captains wore yellow, commanders wore blue, etc.)
Many of his antagonists are portayed as good individuals taken over by fanaticism
His stories often have a conflict between emotion and logic
Many episodes of "Star Trek" had a minor character (known as a redshirt for their distinctive clothing) die to show the danger faced by the main characters
Best known for his utopian vision of the future in which war and poverty have been eradicated
His view of people as being inherently decent and willing to help each other
Known for having diverse casts with many races and creeds represented in the characters
During World War II, he had a friend named Kim Noonien Singh; after the war Kim disappeared, and Gene used his name for some characters in the Star Trek series (Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Noonien Soong from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)) in hopes that Kim might recognize his name and contact him.
Some of his ashes sent up in a rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Might have died in a house fire when still a toddler along with Bob, Doris, and their mother, but a milkman came along and woke them in time.
In 1943 while a United States Army Air Corps pilot, he flew B-17 bombers during World War II, his plane crashed on takeoff because of a mechanical failure, killing two crew members.
On 19 June 1947, he was deadheading (traveling while not on duty) on a Pan Am plane when it crashed in the Syrian desert, killing 7 of 9 crew and 7 of 26 passengers on board. He rescued the Maharani of Pheleton from the wreck. Rescue came in hours, but too late to save most of the luggage, and the victims' possessions, from local tribesmen and villagers.
During World War II, he wrote a song lyric "I Wanna Go Home", which became popular.
His first television script sale, in 1953, was the episode ''Defense Plant Gambling'' for the series "Mr. District Attorney" (1954). It was broadcast 2 March 1954. In the science-fiction field, his first was "The Secret Weapon of 117", broadcast 6 March 1956 on the anthology series "Chevron Hall of Stars".
He had many lovers and was sometimes overt about it. He and Majel Barrett had been lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to any particular religion and since they were in Japan they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on 6 August 1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a civil ceremony on 29 December 1969.
Served on the Los Angeles Police Force from 1949 - 1956, badge number 6089. This information from "Star Trek Creator" by David Alexander.
Died within 48 hours of screening Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last Trek that revolved around his original characters.
He has a building named in his honor on the Paramount Studio lot.
Father of actress Dawn Roddenberry and Darleen Roddenberry-Bacha who died on 29 October 1995 in an auto accident.
While meeting with George Takei about a role on "Star Trek" (1966), Gene accidentally pronounced George's last name 'Ta-kei', which is similar to the word expensive in Japanese "takai". He remembered the pronouncation by rhyming it with "OK".
Died on 24 October 1991, exactly ten years after Marina Sirtis's father.
During his years in the LAPD, he was the spokesman of LAPD Chief W.H. Parker.
Was a close friend of Jack Webb.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 521-522. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Attended Columbia University, the University of Miami and the University of Southern California but did not graduate.
Based the iconic character of "Mr. Spock" on LAPD Chief W.H. Parker with whom he worked closely.
His series "Star Trek" (1966) was one of the first series to have African-American and Asian actors in leading roles.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007 and by the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1949 to 1956. He left the LAPD as a Sgt. to pursue his interest in the entertainment industry.
A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
I have felt many times trapped by "Star Trek." It cost me dearly. It won't anymore, because I've come to grips with what it is and where it fits in my life.
Normal TV limits what you can do. With science fiction, you can exercise your imagination more. I fell in love with it.
I wish I had more control, more like Edgar Rice Burroughs had, but I'm a realist, too. I work in television. I don't know that I would want to spend the rest of my life controlling my characters.
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
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