Gene Roddenberry

Inspired the creation of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise after his creation of the Star Trek franchise.
After he passed away, the Star Trek crew decided to give him a farewell at the beginning of the 6th Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.
Gene has a building named in his honor on the Paramount Studio lot.
Gene died within 48 hours of screening Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last Trek that revolved around his original characters.
Gene's first TV script sale, in 1953, was the episode Defense Plant Gambling' for the show Mr. District Attorney (1954).
During WWII, Gene wrote a song lyric "I Wanna Go Home", which became popular among the other troops.
On June 19, 1947 Gene 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 Pheleton from the wreck.
In 1943, while a US Army Air Corps pilot, Gene's plane crashed on takeoff due to a mechanical failure, killing two crew members.
Gene 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.
Gene's nickname was "The Great Bird of the Galaxy."
The film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) was dedicated to Gene's memory as were two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (Unification Parts 1 and 2).
In 1997, some of Gene's ashes were sent into space, launched by a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
During WWII, Gene 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 hoping for Kim to contact him.
Gene shared the same birthday as Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) star, Jonathan Frakes.
Gene was married to Eileen Anita Rexroat from June 20, 1942 until their divorce on December 24, 1969.
Gene was married to actress Majel Barrett from December 29, 1969 until his death on October 24, 1991.
Gene won the Writer's Guild Award for Have Gun Will Travel (1957) script Helen of Abajinian.
Gene served on the Los Angeles Police Force from 1949 - 1956, his badge number was 6089.