Ronald D. Moore

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

Share on

Biography by Sandra Brennan

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.

Movie Highlights

See Full Filmography

Factsheet

  • 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.