Gene Roddenberry was a former airline pilot and a former police officer who turned to television screenwriting and then produced his own TV series. A science fiction follower from an early age, this veteran of World War II, created in 1966 the series Star Trek. He then created other SF pilots such as Genesis II, Spectrum, The Questor Tapes, Strange New World and Planet Earth.
In 1975, Paramount asked Roddenberry to develop a sequel to the original Star Trek TV series. But after the success of Star Wars in 1977, the series entitled Star Trek: Phase II was stopped and relaunched as a feature film entitled Star Trek The Motion Picture. It was followed by ten sequel films, making the Star Trek franchise one of the most profitable of the silver screen. In 1987, Roddenberry present to the public his new series: Star Trek The Next Generation, which also will eventually was follow by three 3 other Star Trek series: Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
Star Trek fan gave Roddenberry the affectionate nickname of "the Great Bird of the Galaxy".