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Maurice Hurley, a writer and producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, died Tuesday, the series’ executive producer Rick Berman announced. He was 75.
“We lost one of Star Trek‘s most talented minds,” Berman said on Twitter. “Maurice Hurley produced seasons 1 and 2 of TNG. He was one of a kind. So very sad.”
Hurley also had a hand in writing a dozen episodes of the syndicated Paramount Television series, which aired from 1987-94, and fans of the show know him as the creator of the powerful Borg pseudospecies.
Hurley’s other sci-fi efforts included writing the screenplays for the films Firebird 2015 AD (1981) and Groom Lake (2002), the latter starring Star Trek legend William Shatner, who also provided the story.
A native of Boston, Hurley co-created (with future 24 and La Femme Nikita creator Joel Surnow) the 1995 series Pointman, starring Jack Scalia as the owner of a beach resort who helps out those in trouble.
He also worked on 24 and La Femme Nikita and had on his resume other series including The Equalizer, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Baywatch, Baywatch Nights and Diagnosis Murder.
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