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Michael Piller (1948–2005)

Michael went to school in New York before taking a creative writing course. The professor for this course told everyone, "There are enough bad writers out there. There needn't be anymore". Michael recalls that the professor would rip up his writing and he would be so broken-hearted. This professor eventually chased him into journalism, where ... See full bio »

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(1995-2001)
(1993-1999)

Filmography

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 2000 Day One (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by) (completed)
  Wildfire (TV Series) (creator - 50 episodes, 2005 - 2008) (story - 2 episodes, 2005) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 2005)
- The Ties That Bind: Part 2 (2008) ... (creator)
- The Ties That Bind: Part I (2008) ... (creator)
- Being Mrs. Junior (2008) ... (creator)
- The Comeback (2008) ... (creator)
- Vows (2008) ... (creator)
  The Dead Zone (TV Series) (creator - 80 episodes, 2002 - 2007) (story - 8 episodes, 2002 - 2003) (teleplay - 8 episodes, 2002 - 2003) (created for television by - 1 episode, 2003)
- Denouement (2007) ... (creator)
- Ambush (2007) ... (creator)
- Exile (2007) ... (creator)
- Drift (2007) ... (creator)
- Transgressions (2007) ... (creator)
 2002 Star Trek: Voyager - The Arcade Game (Video Game) (creator)
 2002 The Dead Zone (Video) (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)
  Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series) (created by - 168 episodes, 1995 - 2001) (teleplay by - 7 episodes, 1995 - 1996) (written by - 2 episodes, 1996) (story by - 1 episode, 1995)
- Endgame (2001) ... (creator)
- Renaissance Man (2001) ... (creator)
- Homestead (2001) ... (creator)
- Natural Law (2001) ... (creator)
- Friendship One (2001) ... (creator)
  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series) (created by - 173 episodes, 1993 - 1999) (teleplay by - 9 episodes, 1993 - 1994) (story by - 6 episodes, 1993 - 1994) (written by - 1 episode, 1993)
- What You Leave Behind (1999) ... (creator)
- The Dogs Of War (1999) ... (creator)
- Extreme Measures (1999) ... (creator)
- Tacking Into The Wind (1999) ... (creator)
- When It Rains... (1999) ... (creator)
 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection (screenplay) / (story)
  Legend (TV Series) (creator - 12 episodes, 1995) (written by - 2 episodes, 1995)
- Skeletons in the Closet (1995) ... (creator)
- Clueless in San Francisco (1995) ... (creator)
- Fall of a Legend (1995) ... (creator)
- Revenge of the Herd (1995) ... (creator)
- Bone of Contention (1995) ... (creator)
 1993 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine': Behind the Scenes (Video documentary) (creator)
  Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series) (teleplay by - 8 episodes, 1989 - 1992) (story by - 5 episodes, 1989 - 1992) (written by - 3 episodes, 1989 - 1990)
- Rascals (1992) ... (story by - showrunner)
- Time's Arrow (1992) ... (teleplay by - showrunner)
- The Perfect Mate (1992) ... (teleplay by - showrunner)
- The Masterpiece Society (1992) ... (teleplay by - showrunner)
- Unification II (1991) ... (story by - showrunner) / (teleplay by - showrunner)
 1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The All American (1989) ... (writer)
- Death Do Us Part (1989) ... (writer)
- The Way Home (1989) ... (writer)
  Miami Vice (TV Series) (excerpts - 1 episode, 1988) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1987)
- A Bullet for Crockett (1988) ... (excerpts - uncredited)
- Child's Play (1987) ... (teleplay)
 1988 Probe (TV Series) (writer)
 1987 Sidekicks (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Next Best Thing to Winning (1987) ... (written by)
  Simon & Simon (TV Series) (written by - 9 episodes, 1982 - 1986) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1986) (story - 1 episode, 1985)
- The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree (1986) ... (written by)
- Act Five (1986) ... (written by)
- A Significant Obsession (1986) ... (teleplay)
- Reunion at Alcatraz (1985) ... (written by)
- Love and/or Marriage (1985) ... (written by)
 1983 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Enos's Last Chance (1983) ... (story)
 1983 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All (1983) ... (written by)
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Personal Quote:

"As I approach a new project, my process always begins with the question: what is it about? Here's one answer that might apply to a 'Star Trek' movie... I want it to be about the most horrible, treacherous aliens ever known to man who are about to destroy life as we know it, leading to the most spectacular thrill ride of an adventure with fantastic space battles and huge explosions and great ... See more »

Trivia:

On the week of Piller's death, Canadian sci-fi station Space aired a marathon of Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) episodes he had written. See more »

Star Sign:

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