Cliff Bole, Director of ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 76

Cliff Bole Obit

Director-producer Clifford John Bole, who helmed more than 40 episodes of various “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 15 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 76.

Bole directed 25 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” seven of “Deep Space Nine” and 10 of “Voyager.” The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in “TNG” episode “Conspiracy,” were named for him.

Bole also helmed episodes of series including “Baywatch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island,” “MacGyver,” “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” “Matt Houston,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Spenser for Hire,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The X Files,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Vegas.”

Bole was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham.

Born in San Francisco, Bole grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he played in the backlots of studios, sneaking in with friends to watch productions in progress. He began his professional life as a script clerk, advancing to script supervisor and production supervisor assignments before breaking into directing. One of his first positions was script supervisor on “McHale’s Navy” in 1964.

Bole graduated from Harvard Military School and served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Korea. He briefly attended USC.

After retiring to the Coachella Valley, Bole made creative contributions to key local projects. He recently completed the documentary “Cars Under the Stars,” showcasing the popular event El Paseo Cruise Night.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daughter and two sons; and two grandsons.

Donations may be made to a cancer research organization. A celebration of life will be held later in the year.

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  1. Shawna Cokkinos says:

    This news was a shock, may you rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed. I will always hear your laughter in my head and heart. I feel blessed to have many happy memories of you.

  2. Warren says:

    Wow. I just watched (or listened) to his commentary on the Six Million Dollar Man, done only a few years ago. What a shame. RIP Cliff.

  3. Ian D says:

    He directed some of the most memorable episodes of Star Trek including the immortal “The Best of Both Worlds” two parter that cemented TNG in pop culture history. TV fans owe this man many happy memories.

  4. correction says:

    25+7+10 is “more than 40”.

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