‘Star Trek’ Producer Harve Bennett Dies

Harve Bennett dead

Harve Bennett, who produced four “Star Trek” movies and the TV series “Mod Squad,” “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” died Wednesday in Medford, Ore. He was 84.

Bennett’s passing came less than a week after the Feb. 27 death of “Star Trek” star Leonard Nimoy.

Bennett, a native of Chicago, broke into show business as a young boy on the radio program “Quiz Kids.” He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles film school and began his career as a production executive at CBS in New York City and later at ABC.

Bennett joined Aaron Spelling in developing and producing “The Mod Squad,” then moved to Universal, where he produced “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Bionic Woman” and “Gemini Man.” He then worked at Columbia Pictures Television on “Salvage 1,” “The Jesse Owens Story” and “A Woman Called Golda.”

He was then recruited by Charles Bluhdorn, head of Paramount parent Gulf+Western, to produce a second “Star Trek” movie and developed “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” based on the TV episode “Space Seed” which featured Ricardo Montalban as the villain Khan Noonien Singh.

Bennett also produced the next three Star Trek films: “The Search for Spock,” “The Voyage Home” and “The Final Frontier.”

He also produced “Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232” and the series “Time Trax” and “Invasion America.”

UPDATE, 7:40 pm.m. PST, March 7 — Bennett died Feb. 25 at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Ore. The earlier story incorrectly reported that he had died on March 4.

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  1. Harve Bennett joins the handful of “classiest producers.” We worked on projects at Columbia and when Paramount was producing “Golda” project, I was flattered that Harve asked for an opinion on casting. I said “I know that Ingrid Bergman is retiring and is not in good health, BUT, only you could talk her into accepting this role. He flew to London twice and it was Ingrid Bergman in her last awesome 4 hour project. My thoughts and love go to Carol and their children as well as Harve’s brother and his countless friends. Jerold Franks, Past President, Casting Society of America

  2. equipmentguy says:

    I remember hearing Harve talk in the mid to late 80’s about how the Star Trek franchise needed to go back to the Academy days(early days) pretty soon because the then crew was getting older and costs/salaries were skyrocketing. Once again he was right it just took 20 years for everyone else to catch up. The man had deadly instincts.

  3. steve ksmsscu says:

    Along with Nicholas Meyer and Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett absolutely saved more cerebral and character-driven plotting for the big-screen Star Trek of the early-to-late Eighties. And what thrilling, Kirk, Spock and Bones, the crew-and-the-ship those dilemmas were! They became an even-stronger family of shipmates under Harve’s care and tutelage. Ad Astra, Admiral Bennett!

  4. jazz carpenter says:

    Should be hanging out with Leonard right about now…

  5. dood says:

    The latest Trek reboot script must be making the rounds….

  6. Atomic Fury says:

    Wow, I must be old. I remember watching “Mod Squad” in it’s first run, then in syndication. I’ve also seen “Star Trek” and “The Six Million Dollar Man”. I can still remember my younger brother and I being so stoked after the pilot episode of “TSMDM” that we ran outside trying outrun each other just before twilight was falling around us.

    Thank so much Mr. Bennett for the hours of entertainment. Bless you and your family.

  7. Herbie J Pilato says:

    Have was the savior of Lost Franchises. He saved The Six Million Dollar Man. And he saved Star Trek. He also happened to be one hell of a human being.

  8. Rena Moretti says:

    Amazing producer!

    People will enjoy his work for decades to come.

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