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Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $500 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: El Paso
Country: United States
BirthDay: 19 August 1921
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: October 24, 1991
Education: Berendo Junior High School, Franklin High School, Los Angeles City College, Columbia University School

Gene Roddenberry was bornon 19 August 1921 in El Paso, American. Gene Roddenberry was an American Television screenwriter and producer, who is universally renowned for creating and conceptualizing the futuristic science-fiction show ‘Star Trek’. Throughout his career, whatever Roddenberry pursued was driven by his passions, whether it was volunteering for the ‘United States Army Air Corps’, joining Pan Am as a pilot or moving to Los Angeles to fulfil his writing ambitions. Initially, he achieved a modicum of recognition as a writer by writing for shows like ‘Highway Patrol’ and ‘Have Gun – Will Travel’. But his big break arrived with the inception of ‘Star Trek’, which became so much more than just a TV show. He did not let the producers bring in any changes which was contradictory to his vision. Although, it initially received mixed response from viewers, its re-runs and syndication garnered extremely positive responses and also earned the show a devout fan-following. The show’s success, along with his papers and lectures on related topics enhanced his reputation as a futurist and a visionary. He worked for many more films and TV shows, but none could match the acclaim he received for ‘Star Trek’. As the ‘Star Trek’ franchise continues its success story, Roddenberry will always be remembered as the one who created the concepts and the characters that have been universally celebrated.


$500 Million


In 1987, the next instalment in the ‘Star Trek’ series, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was a great success, both critically and commercially


In 1980, his role in ‘Star Trek’ became less central and he was designated as ‘Executive Producer’


An idea for another ‘Star Trek’ series was mooted and eventually a full-length film was made with the title ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’, which was released in 1979


From 1973 to 1974, he wrote and produced the television films ‘Genesis II’, ‘Planet Earth’, ‘The Questor Tapes’ and ‘Spectre’, none of which achieved major success


After ‘Star Trek’, he wrote the screenplay for the 1971 mystery film ‘Pretty Maids All in a Row’, which he also produced


He had romantic relationships with actresses Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett, whom he eventually married in 1969 in Japan


‘Star Trek’ aired for 3 seasons from 1966 to 1969, in which Roddenberry worked as writer for two seasons, after which it was cancelled due to low ratings


In 1964, he developed a series ‘Star Trek’, a futuristic science-fiction show that chronicles the adventures of a mixed group of humans and aliens, also depicting the prevailing issues of time


In 1956, he resigned from LAPD and started writing full-time as a freelance writer


In 1949, he quit his pilot job and went to Los Angeles to pursue Television writing


During the war, he was part of several missions and after the war ended, he was honourably discharged from the rank of Captain in 1945


Roddenberry married Eileen Rexroat in 1942 and had two daughters with her, Darleen and Dawn


In 1941, he volunteered for the United States Army Air Corps and after completing his training, flew the B-17 bombers in World War II as a ‘Second Lieutenant’


In 1939, he enrolled at the ‘Los Angeles City College’, where he studied law enforcement

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