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|Date of birth:||24 December 1945|
|Place of birth:||New York City, New York, USA|
|Awards for Trek:||1 Saturn Award, 2 nominations|
3 Hugo Award nominations
Nicholas Meyer (born 24 December 1945; age 69) directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He wrote the screenplays for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI. Though never credited for his efforts, Meyer rewrote much of the screenplay for The Wrath of Khan by combining several elements from earlier drafts. He is also largely responsible for the nautical influence that pervades The Wrath of Khan and its sequels, from the military essence of the red-jacket uniforms to the more heated and dramatic character of the battle sequences.
Meyer's more militaristic take on the Star Trek universe was vehemently opposed by its creator Gene Roddenberry as it did not correspond with his vision for an enlightened Star Trek universe, but the latter was toothless at the time of Wrath of Khan, due to the stipulations in the Star Trek films contract he had with Paramount Pictures. The situation however, came to a head with The Undiscovered Country when Roddenberry (now back again "on staff" as the Executive Producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation, though he still had no creative say in the movie) blew his top over the racism exhibited in that movie in regard to the Klingons, and a very charged (as Meyer was by no means a man to be outdone by Roddenberry) meeting between the two parties followed. "His guys [Roddenberry's legal staff, headed by the in Star Trek-lore reviled Leonard Maizlish] were lined up on one side of the room, and my guys were lined up on the other side of the room, and this was not a meeting in which I felt I'd behaved very well, very diplomatically. I came out of it feeling not very good, and I've not felt good about it ever since. He was not well [an ailing Roddenberry would indeed pass away only a short time later], and maybe there were more tactful ways of dealing with it, because at the end of the day, I was going to go out and make the movie. I didn't have to take him on. Not my finest hour.", a rueful Meyer later recounted. 
In 2009, Meyer was interviewed for the special feature "Star Trek: The Three Picture Saga" on the DVD box release of Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (alongside Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens, Peter Krikes, Steve Meerson, Harve Bennett, and Ralph Winter), and published his autobiography The View from the Bridge - Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. Yet, his most frank and most elaborate Star Trek interview he has ever given to date, was for William Shatner's 1994 memoir Star Trek Movie Memories.
Career outside Star TrekEdit
A graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and filmmaking, Nicholas Meyer, prior to his involvement with the Trek films, was best known for adapting and directing the 1979 time-travel film, Time After Time (starring Malcolm McDowell and David Warner), and for writing the Sherlock Holmes pastiche novels The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and The West End Horror (in 1993, he wrote a third, The Canary Trainer). He also wrote the adapted screenplay for the film version of Solution (for which he earned a 1977 Academy Award nomination), whose cast included Georgia Brown, Joel Grey, Samantha Eggar and Jeremy Kemp.
The Day After Edit
Though Nicholas Meyer is well known to Star Trek audiences, his most influential work, as far as the general public was concerned, was directing the ABC Cold War television movie The Day After (1983, and on which Michael Westmore served as make-up artist, earning him one of his many Emmy Award nominations), which stunned contemporary audiences for its then graphic display of a nuclear holocaust and its aftermath. According to the third episode, "Shop 'til You Drop", broadcast on 15 April 2013, of the National Geographic series, The '80s: The Decade That Made Us, nearly 100 million Americans tuned in for its first broadcast on 20 November 1983. The documentary further postulated that the movie was a co-influence on then President Ronald Reagan to embark upon the "Strategic Defense Initiative" (SDI, or popularly known as "Star Wars"). Meyer, who was featured in the documentary, mentioned that the producers had trouble finding a director due to the controversial nature of the production, and that he ended up being hired as the third or fourth choice of the producers. It nevertheless won Meyer two 1984 Emmy Award nominations in two categories and a German Golden Screen Award in 1985. Meyer embarked upon this project directly after The Wrath of Khan.
Star Trek awards Edit
Meyer has earned the following award win and nominations for his work in Star Trek.
Hugo Awards Edit
In the category Best Dramatic Presentation
- 1983 Hugo Award nomination for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, shared with Jack B. Sowards, Harve Bennett, and Samuel A. Peeples
- 1987 Hugo Award nomination for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, shared with Leonard Nimoy, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, and Harve Bennet
- 1992 Hugo Award nomination for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, shared with Leonard Nimoy, Denny Martin Flinn, Lawrence Konner, and Mark Rosenthal
Saturn Awards Edit
- 1983 Saturn Award win for The Wrath of Khan in the category Best Director, sole nominee
- 1987 Saturn Award nomination for The Voyage Home in the category Best Writing, shared with Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, and Harve Bennet
- 1992 Saturn Award nomination for The Undiscovered Country in the category Best Writing, shared with Denny Martin Flinn
Star Trek interviewsEdit
- Star Trek DVD and Blu-ray special features:
- Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (DVD)-special feature, "Star Trek: The Three Picture Saga" (2009)
- Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Blu-ray)-special feature, (2009)
- "Conversations with Nicholas Meyer"
- "1991 Convention Presentation by Nicholas Meyer"
- Print publications:
- "Nicholas Meyer, Witness at the End of the World", Robert Greenberger, Starlog, January 1984, pp. 16-18
- "Nicholas Meyer, The Man Who Saved Star Trek", Dennis Fischer, Cinefantastique, Vol 17 #3/4, 1987, pp. 35-39
- "Nicholas Meyer Franchise Mr. Fix-It", Sheldon Teitelbaum, Cinefantastique, Vol 22 #3, 1991, pp. 24-26
- Star Trek Movie Memories, 1994
- Star Trek documentaries:
- NMeyer.plx.net - official site
- Nicholas Meyer at Wikipedia
- Nicholas Meyer at the Internet Movie Database
- 2007 Nicholas Meyer interview at TrekMovie.com
- 2011 Nicholas Meyer interview at LATIMES.com
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