Gene L. Coon

Gene L. Coon

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Gene L. Coon

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Gene L. Coon (7 January 1924 - 8 July 1973) was an American screenwriter and television producer. He is best known for his work on The Original Series.

Life and career

Gene Coon served in the United States Marine Corps for four years during and after World War II, seeing combat in the Pacific theater and serving in China and in occupied Japan.

Coon wrote mainly for television. His writing credits included Dragnet, Bonanza, Zorro, Have Gun - Will Travel, Wagon Train, and The Wild Wild West, as well as the premiere episode of McHale's Navy. He also became a producer for The Wild Wild West and later became a producer and writer for The Original Series. His Wagon Train scripts contained strong moral lessons concerning personal redemption and opposing war, and he later repeated very similar themes in his Star Trek scripts (the latter series had the unofficial nickname of "Wagon Train to the Stars"). Coon joined Star Trek in the middle of the first season; David Gerrold credited him with being a skilled showrunner before Coon left in the middle of the second season. He continued to contribute scripts for the third season, under the pseudonym “Lee Cronin”, as he was under contract to Universal Studios at the time and was likely not, by the terms of his contract, supposed to be working for Paramount as well.

His credited creations for Star Trek include the Klingons (in "Errand of Mercy"), Khan Noonien......
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