(written from a Production point of view)
|John Meredyth Lucas|
|Date of birth:||1 May 1919|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Date of death:||19 October 2002|
|Place of death:||Newport Beach, Orange County, California|
|Roles:||Writer, Producer, Director|
|On the set with William Shatner in 1968|
John Meredyth Lucas (1 May 1919 – 19 October 2002; age 83) was a director, writer and producer. He produced the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series from "Journey to Babel" to "The Omega Glory". Lucas was born into a Hollywood family, being the son of actor Wilfred Lucas and screenwriter Bess Meredyth. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old, and two years later director Michael Curtiz married his mother and adopted John. Curtiz got Lucas his first job in the film industry.
Prior to Star Trek, Lucas had been the co-producer of Ben Casey and The Fugitive, two of the most popular television programs of the 1960s. Later, he served as producer, writer and director on many television series, including Insight, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations in 1972 and 1973, and The Six Million Dollar Man (produced by Harve Bennett).
Lucas also worked as writer and director on Mannix, produced by Desilu at the same time as Star Trek. Producer Gene Coon, having a smoke at his office window, often spotted Lucas going to his car, and engaged in small talk with him. After several such accidental conversations, Coon simply asked Lucas if he would like to write an episode for Star Trek. Lucas, a life-long sci-fi fan, was thrilled by the offer, resulting in "The Changeling". (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Two) Incidentally, Lucas replaced Coon as producer when the latter left the series mid-season 2.
Lucas directed the final episode of the short-lived Planet of the Apes TV series, which featured Mark Lenard and cinematography by Jerry Finnerman. He also directed several episodes of Night Gallery, also occasionally photographed by Finnerman.
Lucas passed away in 2002, victim of leukemia, and was survived by three children, his wife, actress Joan Winfield, having passed away in 1978.
Star Trek: The Original Series credits Edit
- "John Meredyth Lucas, The Politics of 'Trek", Edward Gross, Starlog, issue 112, November 1986, pp. 32-34