John Meredyth Lucas

John Meredyth Lucas

John Meredyth Lucas

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John Meredyth Lucas (May 1, 1919 - October 19, 2002) was a writer, primarily for television. He was the son of screenwriter Bess Meredyth and writer/director Wilfred Lucas, and the adopted son of director Michael Curtiz. He wrote four episodes for the Star Trek series from 1967 to 1969, "That Which Survives", "Elaan of Troyius", "Patterns of Force", and "The Changeling". He also directed the 1968 Star Trek episodes "The Ultimate Computer, "The Enterprise Incident" and "Elaan of Troyius".


He grew up in Southern California, where he attended a number of schools, including Urban Military Academy, Southwestern Military Academy, Pacific Military Academy, and Beverly Hills High School. After a failed attempt at college, he began his Hollywood career with a job as an apprentice script clerk at Warner Brothers. He is best remembered for the work he did on Star Trek as a writer, producer and director. He was the only writer on the original series to direct an episode he penned ("Elaan of Troyius"). He also wrote for Mannix, The Fugitive, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the television adaptations of Planet of the Apes and Logan's Run. Dark City and Peking Express were among his feature film writing credits.

He was cremated and his ashes were launched into space on a suborbital flight in 2007. They were...
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