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Ira Steven Behr

Birth name: Ira Steven Behr
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 23 October 1953
Place of birth: New York City, New York, USA
Roles: Writer, producer (TNGDS9)
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Behr in 1989

Behr in 1989

Ira Steven Behr (born 23 October 1953; age 61) was executive producer of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as a writer of several episodes. He was also a producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1989 to 1990. With writing partners Robert Hewitt Wolfe and, later, Hans Beimler, he possibly deserves the most credit for the Deep Space Nine Dominion War story arc and the series' approach to characterization and story.

Biography Edit

Ira Steven Behr was born in New York City, and graduated Lehman College there. Subsequently, he studied Mass Communications and Theater at Brandeis University where he was offered a playwriting scholarship. However, he moved to Los Angeles instead to pursue a career in writing comedies for television and film. But instead of comedy, Behr became known for his television dramas. His first breakthrough was on the James Garner television series Bret Maverick. He later served as story editor for the series Jessica Novack. Behr was also writer/producer of the series Fame, Once a Hero, and Bronx Zoo.

He currently lives in the Hollywood Hills, California. He and his wife Laura Behr have two children, Roxanne and Jesse.

Star Trek Edit

Behr can be seen sitting at a table in Vic Fontaine's lounge in DS9's finale, "What You Leave Behind", along with other series writers and producers, presumably as part of the holographic audience.

In pieces of background signage (such as the USS Defiant (NX-74205) dedication plaque), there is a listing of Behr's name, meaning that in a literal interpretation, there is a Starfleet officer named Ira Steven Behr.

Among the episodes he has a "special fondness for" are "The Nagus", "Past Tense, Part I"/"Past Tense, Part II", "Call to Arms", and "Duet". (AOL chat, 1997)

In 1995, Rick Berman praised Behr's work on the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, saying "I cannot begin to relate the importance of the work that Ira Behr has put into all of this. The quality of the shows is a tribute to Ira. He is truly pushing his writers to produce above and beyond their already high quality work. He is getting a certain creative element out of his writers. He has become a real inspiration to them and they are all writing beautiful stuff. He's doing a great job". ("Star Trek Update with Rick Berman", Star Trek Communicator issue 105 p. 12)

In 1998, Behr was asked by Michael Piller for his opinion on an early draft of Star Trek: Insurrection. Piller agreed with many of the suggestions Behr made about the weaknesses in the draft. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion)

Around 2003, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga asked Behr for his opinion on Star Trek: Enterprise and to offer suggestions on how to improve that series. Behr commented "Rick called me up, it was his initiative. He asked me had I seen Enterprise, I told him no. He asked if I could look at it - they were thinking maybe of stepping back and that "this be another DS9 experience," whatever that meant. I didn't really think it over in terms of what were the chances of that reality happening again. They sent me the three shows, I went in, had a two hour meeting with Rick and Brannon. It was a very cordial meeting, but everything I said I am sure they did not like hearing. I would not liked to have heard it if someone came into my office and talked as bluntly as I was talking to them. Though again, it was done all cordially. After it was over I am sure they were uncomfortable, I was very uncomfortable, we shook hands, Rick said, "well, all interesting stuff, we'll think it over," and I never heard from him again. That's the whole story and it's barely a blip in anyone's lives, it has no impact whatsoever on the franchise. It's just something that happened". [1] Ten years later, in 2013, Brannon Braga bluntly recalled that Behr "shit all over the show" during the meeting and that he "hated the concept, hated the characters." (ENT Season 2 Blu-ray "Course Correction" special feature)

In 2009, Behr participated in an audio commentary on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with Larry Nemecek.

After Deep Space Nine Edit

After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended its run, he has been involved in many other successful television shows. He was a consulting producer on Dark Angel and was an executive producer on The Twilight Zone (2002-2003). After that, he was the executive producer and writer on René Echevarria's The 4400.

In December 2010, it was announced that Behr would be the showrunner of a new Syfy series, Alphas. [2] In 2014, Behr joined the staff of Outlander with Ronald D. Moore. Behr was also an associate producer on the documentary That Guy Dick Miller.

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See also Edit

Archive of Ira Steven Behr's AOL chats

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