Gene Roddenberry is most well known as the creator of the Star Trek franchise.
Gene Roddenberry is the celebrated creator of the Star Trek franchise which includes several television series, movies, books and more. He was born in El Paso, Texas in 1921. He went to school to study law and then became interested in aeronautical engineering and trained as a pilot. In 1941 he received medals for bombing missions with the US Army Air Corps in the South Pacific and was promoted to captian with his own crew and plane. He married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Rexroat. After WWII he became a commercial pilot for Pan Am. Shortly after this he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. In his spare time he wrote television scripts for new television shows. He launched Star Trek in 1966 and the television series ran until 1969. The second Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, began in 1987 and others such as Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager, followed.
On August 6, 1969, Gene Roddenberry married Majel Barrett in Japan. They have one son born on February 5th, 1974, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jr. Gene and his second wife Majel, started Lincoln Enterprises, a mail order business that could deal with the mountain of requests for Star Trek-related materials.
In 1991 Gene Roddenberry died of a debilitating illness.