He created the Klingons for Star Trek. Their very first appearance was in the first-season episode "Errand Of Mercy", which he wrote.

Created the Prime Directive against interference with younger civilizations, a central tenet of The United Federation of Planets' code of ethics in "Star Trek" (1966).

Gene L. Coon
Born on 07 Jan 1924
Died on 08 Jul 1973


Born January 7, 1924, Gene L. Coon, sometimes credited as Lee Cronin, was a producer on the original Star Trek series for its first two seasons. He has also written episodes of the television series Dragnet, Wagon Train, Maverick, Zorro, Rawhide, and others. Coon passed away on July 8, 1973 of lung cancer.