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Gerald R. Fleck, first assistant director of UPN’s “Enterprise” television series, died Sunday Sept. 14 of unknown causes at his home in Saugus, Calif. He was 55.

Fleck was born in Chicago. In 1955 his family moved to Santa Barbara. He studied theater at Santa Barbara City College and Long Beach State and also won a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. After graduation he appeared in numerous theater productions throughout the Eastern states for several years.

In the mid-’70s Fleck began assisting in the production of feature films and episodic TV with Sun Classic Pictures, notably “The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams.”

Throughout the 1980s he was an assistant director on many TV series, including “Matt Houston,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” “The A-Team” and “Hunter.” Feature film credits include “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.”

For the past 11 years, Fleck worked at Paramount Studios as first assistant director on “Star Trek” series including “The Next Generation,” “Voyager” and “Enterprise.” He also worked on the two recent “Star Trek” films, “First Contact” and “Insurrection.” Fleck is survived by wife Katy, a son, a daughter, a brother and a sister.

Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Animal Rescue Team, P.O. Box 920, Fillmore, CA 93016.