Herbert J. Wright, writer and producer of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek, The Next Generation” died Aug. 24 of natural causes in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 58.
Known to Trekkies as “Father of the Ferengi” for creating the notorious villains on “TNG,” Wright proved he had a softer side with writing and producing credits for 1982’s “Through the Magic Prymid,” Emmy nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program.
His taste for the biz developed while on a foreign exhange student program in Japan, where he met filmmaker Akira Kurosawa who would become his mentor. Wright’s career started in Universal’s mailroom where he worked his way up to writer, director and producer for shows “McCloud,” “Night Gallery” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”
His credits include “The One Million Dollar Check Incident,” “Locusts,” “Space Rangers,” and 1988’s TV version of “War of the Worlds.”
He is survived by his wife Elaine, a daughter, his brother, two sisters and three grandchildren.