Denny Martin Flinn

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Denny Martin Flinn (December 21, 1947- August 24, 2007) was an American choreographer, writer, and stage director and actor with numerous Broadway. He co-wrote the screenplay for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).


Flinn grew up in California, spending his early life in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. He attended the San Francisco State University, his academic major being theatre. While still in college, Flinn performed as a dancer in North Beach, San Francisco.[1] He later moved to New York City, where he found employment as an actor, dancer, and choreographer. His Broadway theatre credits include the original musical Sugar (1972), and revivals of Hello, Dolly! (1975) and Pal Joey (1976).[1] His Off-Broadway credits include the choreography of Six (1971) by Charles Strouse.[1] He also performed in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. In the 80s Flinn toured two & a half years with the international company of A Chorus Line in the role of Greg, understudying and occasionally filling in as Zack.[1]

Flinn later wrote and directed his own Off-Broadway musical: Groucho (1979), starring Lewis J. Stadlen.[1] He choreographed musical sequences for the films The Deceivers (1988) and Ghost (1990), and the television series Another World and Search for Tomorrow. He and Nicholas Meyer co-wrote the script of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).[1]

Flinn was also a writer. His first work was What They Did for Love: The Untold Story Behind the Making of A Chorus Line (1989), covering the story behind the production of the 1970s musical A Chorus Line. He next turned to mystery fiction, writing the novels San Francisco Kills (1990) and Killer Finish (1991). His only other novel was The Fearful Summons (1995), a Star Trek novel.[1] His research work Musical! A Grand Tour - the Rise, Glory and Fall of an American Institution (1997) won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. His later output consisted of non-fiction books such as How Not To Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make (1999) and How Not To Audition: Avoiding the Common Mistakes Most Actors Make (2003).[1]

Flinn died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles due to "complications from cancer". He was survived by a wife and two children.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Broadway Actor & Author, Denny Martin Flinn, Dies at 59". Broadway September 7, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2013.