Trek's Michael Pillar dies of Cancer
Michael Piller, the executive producer/co-creator of more than 500 hours of Star Trek, died of head & neck cancer on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Michael was creative consultant for Star Trek: Voyager, which he co-created, until the series concluded in May 2001. He also co-created Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and served as executive producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1992-1995) and Star Trek: Voyager (1994-1996). During the 1994-95 television season, Michael also co-created and executive produced the UPN network series Legend.
In 1998, he wrote and co-produced "Star Trek: Insurrection," the ninth feature film of the franchise.
With his son Shawn, he was co-creator of USA Network's top-rated cable drama series The Dead Zone, and the ABC Family Channel's Wildfire.
Prior to his Star Trek association, Pillar was an Emmy Award-winning journalist.
The family has requested fans make donations in Michael's name to:
The Michael Piller Distinguished Professorship at Carolina
Writing for the Screen and Stage Program
Arts and Sciences Foundation
c/o Emily Stevens
134 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
More information and tributes can be read at the Official Star Trek Website.