History Creator / GeneRoddenberry

16th Sep '17 4:51:50 PM nombretomado
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Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.

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Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
24th Jul '17 7:48:45 PM Gregzilla
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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series until the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (which he didn't actually want to make, but was [[AmoralAttorney manipulated into by his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish]]).

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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series until the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (which he didn't actually want to make, but was [[AmoralAttorney manipulated into by his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish]]).
Maizlish).
4th May '17 10:42:29 AM bowserbros
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Roddenberry had intended to be a commercial pilot after WWII, but upon discovering television correctly intuited that the new medium would be in need of writers. Already a published author of stories and poetry, he decided to change careers and enter into television writing.

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Roddenberry had intended to be a commercial pilot after WWII, but upon WWII and even spent some time as a co-pilot with Pan-Am until 1947, when a fire on the ''Eclipse'' resulted in the Clipper crashing in the Syrian desert, killing fourteen people; Roddenberry, the only surviving crew member, aided in the rescue of the 19 survivors before retiring from his job the following year. Upon discovering television television, Roddenberry correctly intuited that the new medium would be in need of writers. Already a published author of stories and poetry, he decided to change careers and enter into television writing.
18th Feb '17 7:37:05 PM rjd1922
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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series until the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (which he didn't actually want to make, but was [[AmoralAttorney manipulated into by his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish]].

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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series until the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (which he didn't actually want to make, but was [[AmoralAttorney manipulated into by his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish]].
Maizlish]]).
20th Dec '16 5:34:10 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series.

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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series.
series until the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (which he didn't actually want to make, but was [[AmoralAttorney manipulated into by his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish]].
13th Dec '16 2:00:10 AM Xtifr
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'''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.

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'''Eugene Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
2nd Dec '16 8:16:20 AM dangerdan97
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Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. In many ways, his life and career reflects that of his British counterpart, Creator/TerryNation -- except with even more stories of outlandish and self-destructive behavior. Oh, yes, he tomcatted around Paramount Studios; he screwed writers and composers out of their royalties; most importantly, Gene was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to his staff. This uncompromising attitude led to [[CreativeDifferences tremendous flareups]] between him and Paramount, which clinched [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld his removal from the Director's chair]] after ''The Motion Picture''. While he still held creative freedom over ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gene's recreational drug cocktails did his brain no good, and his health was in serious decline; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate almost all long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).

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Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. In many ways, his life and career reflects that of his British counterpart, Creator/TerryNation -- except with even more stories of outlandish and self-destructive behavior. Oh, yes, he tomcatted around Paramount Studios; he screwed writers and composers out of their royalties; most importantly, Gene was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to his staff. This uncompromising attitude led to [[CreativeDifferences tremendous flareups]] between him and Paramount, which clinched [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld his removal from the Director's Producer's chair]] after ''The Motion Picture''. While he still held creative freedom over ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gene's recreational drug cocktails did his brain no good, and his health was in serious decline; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate almost all long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).
11th Aug '16 11:30:13 AM Ambaryerno
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* FanNickname: "The Great Bird of the Galaxy"
* HeAlsoDid: In addition to being to the creator and a writer of the most progressive science fiction show show of its time, Roddenberry also produced and wrote Film/PrettyMaidsAllInARow, a 1971 BlackComedy starring Rock Hudson as a football coach who beds and murders various female students.
11th Aug '16 11:29:55 AM Ambaryerno
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* KickedUpstairs: Although he continued to provide feedback and guidance to the writers and producers until his death, the studio removed ultimately him from any direct control over the franchise after the tepid reception to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. His official title became "Executive Consultant," but he retained no real power over the direction of the series.
31st Oct '15 10:49:04 PM hamonrye
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->''"''Franchise/StarTrek'' speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, [[AncientAstronauts ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids]] ''human beings'' built them, [[HumansAreSpecial because they're clever and they work hard]]. And ''Star Trek'' is about ''those'' things."''

'''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.

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->''"''Franchise/StarTrek'' speaks to some basic human needs: that there [[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/grod.jpg]]
''[[caption-width-right:275:The strength of a civilization
is a tomorrow it's not all going measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.]]''
->''"During his speech he said something like, 'One day we'll
be over with a big flash able to go out, get any movie we want, put it in our television and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, [[AncientAstronauts ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids]] ''human beings'' built them, [[HumansAreSpecial because they're clever and they work hard]]. And ''Star Trek'' is about ''those'' things."''

watch it at will.' I remember thinking, 'My God, how does he know these things?'"''
-->--'''Raphael Sbarge''', actor

'''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
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