(written from a Production point of view)
|Rolland M. Brooks|
|Date of birth:||17 December 1907|
|Place of birth:||Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|Date of death:||24 September 1998|
|Place of death:||Monterey, California, USA|
Rolland M. Brooks (17 December 1907 – 24 September 1998; age 90), his first name often misspelled as "Roland", worked as art director in Star Trek: The Original Series, beginning with the second pilot, TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before". He shared duties with Walter M. Jefferies during the first and early second season, however he left the series after "Amok Time", leaving Jefferies alone in the position.
His most recognizable Star Trek contribution was his design for the Guardian of Forever, featured in "The City on the Edge of Forever". Normally, set design was the purview of his colleague Jefferies, but due to illness, Brooks took over his chores for the Guardian. When Jefferies returned to his duties and saw the donut-shaped set piece for the first time, he reportedly exclaimed, "What the hell is this?!", according to Story Editor DC Fontana. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One, 1st ed, p. 517)
Career outside Star Trek Edit
During his 12-year career as art director, Brooks mostly worked on television projects, including series such as The Andy Griffith Show, The Untouchables, Ben Casey, Mission: Impossible (also made by Desilu), Hogan's Heroes and The Lucy Show. The last project he worked on was the 1973 TV movie The Bait, featuring Don Keefer.
Star Trek interview Edit
- "Star Trek The 30th Anniversary", Sue Uram, Cinefantastique, Vol 27 #11, 1996, pp. 24, 26-27, 104-111
- "Star Trek", Ben Herndon, Cinefantastique, Vol 17 #2, 1987, pp. 24-30, 32-39, 55