(written from a Production point of view)
Winrich "Rick" E. Kolbe (born 1940; died September 2012) was a director, who worked on all four Star Trek spin-off series. A character listed in a piece of background signage in The Next Generation episode "Up The Long Ladder", Captain Winrich Kolbe, was named for him.
Kolbe has also directed for several other television series, including CHiPs, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Voyagers!, Millennium, Angel, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 24 and the remake of Twilight Zone (2002).
Since 2003 he was a professor of Film and Television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Around March 2007, he resigned and returned to California with his family for health reasons. Kolbe passed away in September 2012. (DGA Monthly, November 2012; )
Star Trek interviews
Kolbe was interviewed for the following specials:
- TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "The Making of "All Good Things..." Year Seven" ("On Location"), interviewed on 21 March 1994
- VOY Season 1 DVD special feature "On Location with the Kazon"