Ronald D. Moore

Active - 1994 - 2014  |   Born - Jul 5, 1964 in Fresno, California, United States  |   Genres - Science Fiction

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Screenwriter Ronald D. Moore is closely associated with the Star Trek franchise, its shows and feature films. He broke into the venerable sci-fi dynasty by successfully submitting two scripts as a freelance writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation. This led to a position on the writing staff that resulted in his writing or co-writing 27 episodes and a promotion to producer. When the series ended, he moved onward and upward, to become the supervising producer of the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Moore also co-wrote the scripts for the feature films Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). He was awarded a story credit on the 2000 feature Mission: Impossible II before becoming one of the masterminds of the short-lived HBO series Carnivale. He bounced back from that show's sudden cancellation by joining the writing staff at the highly respected Sci-fi channel remake of Battlestar Galactica. He wrote 2009's Virtuality, and the 2010 Battlestar Galactica sequel Caprica.

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  • Became a huge fan of Star Trek as a kid during the 1970s; he watched the reruns, read its novelizations and even built an Enterprise model.
  • Watched the original Battlestar Galactica as a kid; later, he masterminded its successful remake.
  • Played quarterback on his high-school football team. 
  • Received a Navy ROTC scholarship to Cornell University, but dropped out during his senior year.
  • Sold his first script to Star Trek: Next Generation by slipping it to an assistant of Gene Roddenberry's during a tour of the set. The assistant read it, liked it and recommended it to an agent, who in turn submitted it through the proper channels---only to have it ignored. Seven months later, an executive producer read it, liked it and bought it.
  • Sold a second script to Next Generation, then joined the show's writing staff on a week-to-week contract. A few months later, he was given an actual contract and made story editor.
  • Received death threats for killing Capt. Kirk in the movie Star Trek: Generations, which he cowrote.