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Cliff Bole and Michael Dorn

Bole and Michael Dorn on the set of "Eye of the Beholder"

Cliff Bole, Tim Russ and Robert Duncan McNeill

Cliff Bole with Robert Duncan McNeill on Bole's right and Tim Russ on his left

Clifford "Cliff" Bole directed numerous Star Trek episodes from all the three series set in the 24th century.

The Bolian race was named for Cliff Bole (he directed the first episode in which they were featured, TNG: "Conspiracy"), an in-joke that was carried to an even more obvious conclusion in the naming of the Cliffs of Bole - a tourist destination on the Bolian homeworld. (DS9: "Invasive Procedures")

According to actor Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), Cliff Bole was one of many directors who treated him condescendingly on the set. Wheaton elaborates, "Most of them favored grabbing me by the elbow and moving me around the set, rather than, you know, giving me direction like I was a person or a professional or anything like that. The worst offender was this guy Cliff Bole." [1]

Bole also directed episodes of other cult series, such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Baywatch, MacGyver and The X-Files. In 1982, he directed the pilot of T.J. Hooker, starring William Shatner and Richard Herd and featuring Ike Eisenmann. Later, he helmed seven additional episodes of that series between 1982 and 1984, some of which also starred James Darren. Bole also directed three episodes of Spenser: For Hire, which starred Avery Brooks and fifteen episodes of Fantasy Island, which starred Ricardo Montalban.

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