On This Day … 04 November [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1947 – Jerry Fleck, American actor, director, and production manager (d. 2003).

Jerry Fleck

Gerald R. Fleck (04 November 1947 to 14 September 2003) was an American assistant director best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise across eleven years.

Fleck was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ed and Joan Fleck. The family moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1955. During his school years, Jerry became student government president and within the Boy Scouts of America, he became an Eagle Scout. He performed in school productions, and later joined the Santa Barbara Youth Theatre. While at Santa Barbara City College, he won a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City.

After graduation, Fleck appeared in several theatrical productions on the East Coast. He joined the production team of Sunn Classic Pictures, working on series such as The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. On that show, he worked with James L. Conway, with whom he would later work on the pilot of Star Trek: Enterprise, “Broken Bow” (2001). As an assistant director, he worked on other production companies’ television series such as Hardcastle and McCormick, The A-Team and Hunter, and on feature films including Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. He joined Star Trek: The Next Generation as first assistant director, marking the start of eleven and a half years with the franchise. He continued his work with the series Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise, and the Jonathan Frakes-directed films Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

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