Today August 19th is a special day for Star Trek, as it is the birthday for Jonathan Frakes. Star Trek The Next Generation’s Cmdr. William Riker is 57 years young. Today would also have been the 88th birthday of the Great Bird of the Galaxy himself, Gene Roddenberry.
Happy Birthday to The Beard
The affable Jonathan Frakes is beloved by Star Trek fans for his portrayal of Picard’s first officer Riker. He then took it to the next level as a director, helming a number of excellent Trek episodes and what most consider the best of the TNG films, First Contact. These days The Beard spends most of his time behind the camera, currently doing TV directing for shows like TNT’s Leverage and the upcoming FOX show Persons Unknown.
Many remember Riker as TNG’s ladies man, our YouTuber friend GeneralGrin has compiled some of his best moves into one video:
Gene Roddenberry’s Birthday
Today would have also been the 88th birthday of the the man who gave birth to Star Trek (and Star Trek The Next Generation), Gene Roddenberry. Although he passed in 1991, his legacy lives on to this day.
Here is a nice birthday tribute video done by the folks at TrekCore three years ago.
Today TrekMovie sends a big happy birthday to Jonathan, and we remember Gene