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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 19 August 1921El Paso, Texas, USA
Date of Death 24 October 1991Santa Monica, California, USA  (cardiac arrest)
Birth NameEugene Wesley Roddenberry
Nickname The Great Bird of the Galaxy
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen Anita Rexroat. He died on October 24, 1991 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Majel Barrett (29 December 1969 - 24 October 1991) (his death) (1 child)
Eileen Anita Rexroat (20 June 1942 - 27 December 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (11)

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

Trivia (29)

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.
His old pseudonym Robert Wesley was used in the Star Trek (1966) episode "The Ultimate Computer" as the name of a character, played by Barry Russo.
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.
Shared the same birthday as Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) star Jonathan Frakes.
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.
Father, with Majel Barrett, of Rod Roddenberry.
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 close friends with Jack Webb and Ray Bradbury.
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 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 on September 4, 1985.
Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2007 and 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 Sergeant to pursue his interest in the entertainment industry.
His grandson, Zale Eugene Roddenberry was born on August 6, 2013, 10:40 p.m. PT, and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Battled alcoholism and drug addiction most of his adult life. His health deteriorated rapidly during development and production of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) which caused a great deal of friction with the writing staff, and later forced Roddenberry to retire in the show's third season due to failing health and memory problems.

Personal Quotes (8)

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.
Time is the fire in which we burn.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission... to boldly go where no man has gone before.
[on his first meeting with Leonard Nimoy] If I ever do a science-fiction show, I'm going to put pointed ears on him and use him.

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