Gene Roddenberry created the American Science Fiction, Star Trek in the 1960’s. The original Star Trek series lasted for 3 show seasons, from 1966 to 1969. The main character was Captain James T. Kirk (Tiberius) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise (Federation Ship). The shows predecessor show starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike and was the episode that started off the Star Trek saga. Hunter was born in on November 25th, 1926 and passed away on May 27th, 1969. He was most notably known for playing roles in the movies: The Searchers in 1956 and he played , Jesus, the Son of God in the movie, King of Kings in 1961. This 6 foot tall handsome actor was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. but was also known as Hank McKinnies.
There was a short-lived television version that was an animated series; it managed to last only one season from 1973 to 1974
The well received later shows were:
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), was a lead actor on the show for the entire shows run and that was for a total of 176 episodes. He shared the “Deck of the Starship” with Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker),LaVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deannna Troy) and Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data). The cast was later joined by Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Doctor Beverly Crusher) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher).
Patrick Stewart also known for his role of Professor Charles Xavier in the year 2000 movie, X-Men.
LaVar Burton is well known for playing the character of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 movie, Roots.
Brent Spiner played the hilarious role of Bob Wheeler, a recurring character on the television show, Night Court and the doctor (Dr. Brackish Okun) in the 1996 hit movie, Independence Day.
Wil Wheaton, by the year 1986, had already starred in the cult classic movie, Stand by Me.
There were also 3 additional television series that have been introduced to the American public:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001)
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
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