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Winrich "Rick" E. Kolbe (born 1940 - died September 2012, age 71) 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 after him.
Kolbe started directing for the television series Nancy Drew/The Hardy Boys Mysteries and moved on to episodes of Battlestar: Galactica (1978), Sword of Justice, and The Weavers, followed by The Rockford Files, Knight Rider, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King for Warner Bros. In 1987 Kolbe and his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he directed Spenser: For Hire, followed by its spin-off A Man Called Hawk, starring Avery Brooks.
Other directing credits include CHiPs, 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 credits
Star Trek interviews
- 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"
- "Rick Kolbe - Interpreter for "Darmok", The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine Vol. 21, pp. 30-35, interviewed by Ian Spelling