The man who directed the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with a number of other TNG and DS9 episodes passed away on Jun 27. Corey Allen, actor and Emmy-winning director, died in Hollywood of natural causes.
Corey Allen – From Rebel to Director
Corey Allen began his career in Hollywood in the 50’s as an actor, appearing in TV and films, including the landmark movie Rebel Without a Cause. Allen was the last surviving cast member of Rebel.
By the 70s Allen had moved behind the camera, becoming a prolific director for television on shows like Police Woman, TJ Hooker, and Hill Street Blues (which garnered him an Emmy in 1984). Over the course of 25 years he directed for more than 76 TV series.
Allen directed the two-hour pilot ("Encounter at Farpoint") of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987 and was one of the people involved in casting the series regulars. Allen’s fast-paced style required the writing and shooting of some additional character scenes as the episode was coming in under time. Star Trek producer Rick Berman talked to the LA Times about Allen, saying "Corey was a wonderful director and was adored by the actors."
Over the the next seven years Allen directed four Additional TNG episodes plus four episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Here are his Trek credits:
- TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Home Soil", "Final Mission", "The Game", "Journey’s End"
- DS9: "Captive Pursuit", "The Circle", "Paradise", "The Maquis, Part II"
Allen directing Wil Wheaton in TNG’s "Final Mission"