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Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry was born on the 19th August 1921, in El Paso, Texas USA, and was a film producer and screenwriter, best known to the world for creating the original “Star Trek” television series. His career was active from the 1950s until his death in 1991.
Have you ever wondered how rich Gene Roddenberry was, at the time of his death? According to sources, it has been estimated that Roddenberry`s net worth was as high as $500 million, an amount he acquired through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

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Gene was the child of Eugene Edward Roddenberry and Caroline; when he was two years old, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where his father accepted the job of police commissioner. In his youth, Gene was interested in magazines and books, reading science fiction stories about John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, and the Skylark, among others.
Gene enrolled at the Los Angeles City College, where he majored in police science, and while in college, became interested in aeronautical engineering, which resulted in him joining the USAAC, and obtaining a pilot`s license through their Civilian Pilot Training Program, receiving also the rank of the second lieutenant. He was in the US Army Air Force from 1941 until 1945, and received Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his operations over the Pacific, and later as an air crash investigator. He had a reasonable net worth at this point.
After he returned from the war, Gene worked as a pilot for several air companies, and later was the police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department, where he also started his career as a writer, partly because he was in the public information department. His first work was the TV series “The Secret Defense of 117” (1954-1955), which was followed by the TV series “Highway Patrol” (1954-1955). By the end of the 1950s, he had written several episodes for series such as “I Led Three Lives” (1956), “West Point Story” (1956-1957), and “Have Gun – Will Travel” (1957-1963), which only increased his net worth, and also helped him build a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a writer.
In 1963 he created the TV series “The Lieutenant”, and three years later, he wrote the first season of the highly popular TV series “Star Trek”, which then expanded to two more seasons, until it was cancelled in 1968. However, Star Trek was then made into an animated series, which aired through 1973 and 1974. In 1987 the series were rebooted, and aired for another seven seasons, on which Gene was a consultant and occasional writer.
Gene then wrote a number of Star Trek films, including “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), which was the first in the franchise, followed by “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989), and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991), which success increased his net worth by a large margin.
Thanks to his skills, Gene received a number of prestigious nominations and awards, including the nomination for Primetime Emmy award in the category of Outstanding Dramatic Series for his work on “Star Trek”.
Furthermore, he won the Life Career Award given by the Academy of Science Fiction, and also Hugo award in category Best Dramatic Presentation also for the TV series “Star Trek”. Gene also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television and movies.
Regarding his personal life, Gene was married twice; his first wife was Eileen-Anita Rexroat, the couple married in 1942 and divorced in 1969 following several years of his infidelities. The couple had two children together. Gene then married Majel Barrett the same year, with whom he had been in a romantic relationship while still married. They remained married until his death, and had a son together, Rod Roddenberry.
Gene died in 1991, after having several strokes, which denegrated his health; he was on his way to a doctor when he suffered heart failure; he was pronounced dead, passing away on the 24th October 1991 in Santa Monica, California.

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Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Behind the Scenes
1992 George Pal Memorial Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1985 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 4 September 1985. At 6683 Hollywood Blvd
1980 Life Career Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1977 Executive Achievement Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1967 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Trek (1966) · Marc Daniels (director)
1958 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Western Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) · Corey Allen (director)
· D.C. Fontana (written by)
1980 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) · Robert Wise (director)
· Harold Livingston (screenplay)
· Alan Dean Foster (story)
1979 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
1975 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Questor Tapes (1974) · Richard A. Colla (director)
· Gene L. Coon (screenplay)
1974 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Genesis II (1973) · John Llewellyn Moxey (director)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Dramatic Series Star Trek (1966)
1968 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Episodic Drama Star Trek (1966) · Boris Sobelman (teleplay)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Dramatic Series Star Trek (1966) · Gene L. Coon (producer)

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1 An asteroid discovered on March 2, 1981 has been renamed 4659 Roddenberry in his honor. He also has a crater located east of Argyre Planitia in Noachis Terra on Mars named in his honor.
2 Shortly before his death, he was attended by cast members of both the original Star Trek (1966) series and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) for the unveiling of a building named in his honor on the Paramount Studios lot.
3 The Star Trek (1966) episode "Plato's Stepchildren" featured the first interracial kiss on television, between Kirk and Uhura. They were forced under mind-control, but it's still regarded as a milestone.
4 An interviewer asked Roddenberry about the casting of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, saying "Wouldn't they have cured baldness by the 24th Century?". Roddenberry answered "By the 24th Century, they wouldn't care.".
5 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 series' third season due to failing health and memory problems.
6 His grandson, Zale Eugene Roddenberry, was born on August 6, 2013, 10:40 p.m. PT, and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
7 Was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1949 - 1956. He left the L.A.P.D. as a Sergeant to pursue his interest in the entertainment industry.
8 Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.
9 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 4, 1985.
10 His series Star Trek (1966) was one of the first series to have African-American and Asian actors in leading roles.
11 Based the iconic character Mr. Spock on Los Angeles Police Chief W.H. Parker with whom he worked closely.
12 Attended Columbia University, the University of Miami and the University of Southern California but did not graduate.
13 Grew up in Los Angeles, California.
14 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 521-522. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
15 Was close friends with Jack Webb and Ray Bradbury.
16 During his years in the L.A.P.D., he was the spokesman of Police Chief W.H. Parker.
17 Died on October 24, 1991, exactly ten years after Marina Sirtis' father.
18 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 "okay".
19 Father, with Majel Barrett, of Rod Roddenberry.
20 Father of actress Dawn Roddenberry and Darleen Roddenberry-Bacha who died on October 29, 1995 in an auto accident.
21 Shared the same birthday as Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) stars Jonathan Frakes and Diana Muldaur.
22 Died within 48 hours of screening Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last Trek that revolved around his original characters.
23 Served on the Los Angeles Police Force from 1949 - 1956, badge number 6089. This information from "Star Trek Creator" by David Alexander.
24 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.
25 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 August 6, 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 December 29, 1969.
26 His first television script sale, in 1953, was the episode ''Defense Plant Gambling'' for the series Mr. District Attorney (1954). It was broadcast March 2, 1954. In the science-fiction field, his first was "The Secret Weapon of 117", broadcast March 6, 1956 on the anthology series "Chevron Hall of Stars".
27 During World War II, he wrote a song lyric "I Wanna Go Home", which became popular.
28 On June 19, 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 Phaltan 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.
29 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.
30 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.
31 Some of his ashes sent up in a rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
32 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.

1 Star Trek was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, than we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.
2 [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.
3 These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission... to boldly go where no man has gone before.
4 The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
5 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.
6 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.
7 Normal television limits what you can do. With science fiction, you can exercise your imagination more. I fell in love with it.
8 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.
9 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.

1 Known for having diverse casts with many races and creeds represented in the characters
2 His view of people as being inherently decent and willing to help each other
3 Best known for his utopian vision of the future in which war and poverty have been eradicated
4 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
5 His stories often have a conflict between emotion and logic
6 Many of his antagonists are portayed as good individuals taken over by fanaticism
7 Often used colors to show authority (captains wore yellow, commanders wore blue, etc.)
8 Best known as the creator of the television series Star Trek (1966)
9 Frequently used sci-fi stories as metaphors for social issues
10 His characters are often very diverse, covering many races and ethnicities
11 His stories often reflect his social views
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