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'Trek' veteran dead at 57

Michael Piller involved with 'TNG,' 'DS9,' 'Voyager'


Wednesday, November 2, 2005; Posted: 8:57 a.m. EST (13:57 GMT)




LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Michael Piller, "Star Trek" veteran and co-creator/executive producer of USA Network's hit series "The Dead Zone," died early Tuesday at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.


Before co-creating "The Dead Zone" with his son Shawn, Piller was head writer on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," leading the show to a best drama Emmy nomination in 1994, the first for a syndicated series.


He went on to co-create the following two "Trek" installments, "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager." Both series ran for seven seasons.


In 1998, Piller wrote and co-produced "Star Trek: Insurrection," the ninth installment in Paramount Pictures' successful Star Trek feature franchise.


Piller began his career in broadcasting, working for TV stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago.




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