|Born||Clifford John Bole
November 9, 1937
San Francisco, California
|Died||February 15, 2014
Palm Desert, California
|Notable work||42 episodes of the Star Trek franchise|
|Awards||Golden Palm Star|
Clifford John Bole (November 9, 1937 – February 15, 2014) was a director of a number of American and Canadian television programs. He directed episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie's Angels, V: The Series, Baywatch, The X-Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager among others. The Star Trek alien race called the Bolians is named after him.
Bole grew up in the San Fernando Valley and described himself as a "set rat", sneaking into studio backlots to watch the filming taking place. He went on to train as a script clerk and as a production assistant before moving into directing. One of his earlier roles was as script supervisor on McHale's Navy in 1964.
Bole is perhaps best known for his directing work in the Star Trek franchise which began with the first season episode "Lonely Among Us" of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He went on to direct a further 24 episodes of that series, as well as seven episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and ten episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. He was originally referred to the TNG production team colleague Jeff Hayes, although Bole knew producer Rick Berman from when they both worked at Warner Brothers. Bole directed the TNG episode "Conspiracy", which featured the first appearance of the alien race called the Bolians, who were named after Bole. He subsequently described working on The Next Generation as "the biggest joy and ensemble I’ve ever worked with".
His work on Deep Space Nine was delayed following a disagreement with Michael Piller who did not agree with Bole's work ethic. However, his first directing position in that series was in the 18th episode, "Dramatis Personae". He had previously worked with Avery Brooks, who played Commander Benjamin Sisko, on Spenser: For Hire. His recollection of working on Deep Space Nine wasn't as warm as The Next Generation, but Voyager was more similar to the earlier Star Trek series. Rick Berman brought him in for Voyager, which resulted in Bole directing "The Q and the Grey", one of the best received episodes of Voyager, amongst others. His final episode for Voyager and the franchise was the first part of the feature length episode "Dark Frontier".
He died at his home in Palm Desert, California on February 15, 2014.
- The Six Million Dollar Man (12 episodes)
- Charlie's Angels (6 episodes)
- Vega$ (12 episodes)
- Strike Force (4 episodes)
- Fantasy Island (20 episodes)
- Matt Houston (9 episodes)
- V (3 episodes)
- T.J. Hooker (17 episodes)
- Scarecrow and Mrs. King (4 episodes)
- Spenser: For Hire (3 episodes)
- MacGyver (16 episodes)
- Mission: Impossible (1988) (3 episodes)
- Paradise (4 episodes)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (25 episodes)
- Baywatch (5 episodes)
- Pointman (2 episodes)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (7 episodes)
- M.A.N.T.I.S. (3 episodes)
- Star Trek: Voyager (10 episodes)
- The X Files (4 episodes)
- "Catching Up With Trek Director Cliff Bole, Part 1". Star Trek.com. January 26, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Catching Up With Trek Director Cliff Bole, Part 2". Star Trek.com. January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Cliff Bole". British Film Institute. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Palm Springs Walk of Stars" (PDF). Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Retrieved January 6, 2013.