Manuel “Manny” Coto, known to Trek fans for his work on Star Trek: Enterprise, has passed away. The Emmy-winning writer and producer was 62.
RIP Manny Coto
The Hollywood trades are confirming that Manny Coto passed away on Sunday at his home in Pasadena. According to Deadline, Coto died of Pancreatic cancer. His family says Coto has been fighting the disease for 13 months and passed away surrounded by loved ones.
Manny Coto joined Star Trek: Enterprise for its third season as a writer and co-executive producer, rising to executive producer and showrunner for the fourth and final season. He helped the show transition to more serialized storytelling and his love for Star Trek was evident in many of the season 4 storylines tied into franchise lore.
In a statement to TrekMovie.com, Enterprise co-creator and executive producer Rick Berman offered his thoughts on Coto’s passing and praised the work he did for the series:
If we had been given a fifth (sixth and seventh) season on Enterprise, Manny would have lifted it to levels beyond my imagination. A lovely and surprisingly talented writer and friend. How very sad.
Enterprise co-creator and original showrunner Brannon Braga has said he feels Coto’s fourth season was the best of the series, adding, “That is what Enterprise should have been from the beginning.” This clip from the season 3 DVD features Braga talking about bringing Coto on:
After Enterprise, Coto went on to success as a writer and executive producer on a number of series including 24, 24: Legacy, 24: Live Another Day, Dexter, and American Horror Story. He also created the Fox series NeXt. He won an Emmy for his work on 24 in 2006 and was nominated four times for his writing by the WGA. Before his time with Star Trek: Enterprise, Coto created the sci-fi series Odyssey 5 starring Peter Weller, which ran for two seasons on Showtime. He would later bring Weller on to Enterprise for a multi-episode arc in season 4.
His time on Star Trek was special to Coto. Last year on the 21st anniversary of the series he shared a fan tweet about Enterprise saying it was the happiest time of his career.
Proud to have worked with such an incredible group of people. Still the happiest time of my career. https://t.co/9Njcd1ITHI
— Manny Coto (@mannyhectorcoto) September 26, 2022
Coto even appeared on Enterprise, along with a number of others who worked on the show. In the series finale, Coto played a Starfleet admiral in the crowd watching Jonathan Archer sign an accord that would lead to the formation of the Federation.
Star Trek cast and crew remember Coto
Condolences and memories from those who knew Coto are appearing on social media.
On Instagram, Brannon Braga, who also worked with Coto on 24, talked about how much he learned from his friend and collaborator.
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Enterprise writer Mike Sussman shared his thoughts and a few behind the scenes photos with Coto
Days of Trek w/Manny pic.twitter.com/ttQ3MY6mTq
— Mike Sussman 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@_MichaelSussman) July 11, 2023
John Billingsley tweeted that Coto was a “mensch”:
Bummed as hell to hear that Manny Coto passed away from pancreatic cancer. What a kind, well read, delightfully astringent, man. I'd say 'flights of angels' and etc., but if memory serves he was an atheist, we had that in common. So just: THANK YOU, MENSCH!
— John Billingsley (@JBillingsley60) July 11, 2023
Legendary art department alumnus Mike Okuda shared his thoughts and a nice photo with Coto and Doug Drexler.
Remembering writer-producer Manny Coto, who brought the fun back to Enterprise's fourth season with his love for Star Trek. Manny had been battling pancreatic cancer and passed away at age 62. Photo: Admiral Manny Coto with Doug Drexler & me during the Enterprise finale in 2005. pic.twitter.com/klHwX7EJQ3
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) July 11, 2023
Well known Trek Journalist (and Inglorius Trekspert) Mark A. Altman posted on Twitter describing Coto as a Star Trek “legend.”
Heartbroken to hear about the death of MANNY COTO. He was a wonderful guy, talented showrunner and his love for #StarTrek knew no bounds. Not since Michael Piller died of throat cancer has the Trek writing family lost such a legend. https://t.co/Brv55dm1n3
— Mark A. Altman * (@markaaltman) July 10, 2023
TrekMovie offers our condolences to the friends and family of Manny Coto.