Manny Coto

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Manny Coto
Coto in 2013
Coto in 2013
BornManuel Hector Coto
(1961-06-10)June 10, 1961
Havana, Cuba
DiedJuly 9, 2023(2023-07-09) (aged 62)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationDirector, screenwriter and television producer
Alma materAmerican Film Institute
GenreDrama, adventure, science fiction
SpouseRobin Trickett

Manuel Hector Coto (June 10, 1961 – July 9, 2023) was a Cuban-born American screenwriter, television and film director, and producer of films and television programs.[1]

Coto was the executive producer and showrunner of Star Trek: Enterprise in its final season, and executive producer of four seasons of 24. He was an executive producer and writer for the fifth season of the Showtime television series Dexter.


Coto graduated from the American Film Institute and has experience in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. In 1990, Brian Helgeland and Coto sold a script, The Ticking Man, for $1 million, but the film was never made.[2] He wrote and directed an episode of Tales from the Crypt and also wrote an episode for and produced The Outer Limits when it was revived on Showtime in 1995. He was given the chance to create and write a series for Showtime after The Outer Limits was cancelled. The resulting series was Odyssey 5 and starred Peter Weller (Coto would later cast Weller in roles on Enterprise, 24 and Dexter).

Coto joined the writing crew of Enterprise in 2003, when the show was in its third season; his episodes include "Similitude", "Chosen Realm" and "Azati Prime". He became a co-executive producer later that season. In the fourth season, he became executive producer of the show, alongside series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. According to his bio on, he has been a fan of Star Trek all his life and once wrote a Star Trek comic book.[3]

After that he became executive producer on the fifth, sixth, seventh and the eighth and final season of 24.

In 2010, Coto joined the crew of Showtime drama series Dexter as a writer and executive producer for the fifth season. He continued to work as a writer and executive producer for the show's sixth and seventh seasons, airing 2011 and 2012.

Films Coto has directed include Cover Up, Dr. Giggles and Star Kid.

Coto was the creator and executive producer of Next, which premiered on October 6, 2020, on Fox.

Coto was the executive producer of American Horror Story and American Horror Stories, having written numerous episodes of both series. He directed the well-received episode, "Feral", from season one of American Horror Stories, and wrote the season opener, "Dollhouse", for season two.

Personal life and death[edit]

Coto was born in Havana on June 10, 1961, fleeing with his mother to Orlando, Florida.[4]

Coto married Robin Trickett on December 27, 2004, in Venice, Italy.[5]

Coto died of pancreatic cancer on July 9, 2023, at the age of 62.[4]

Filmography (as director)[edit]


Year Film Notes
1989 Jack in the Box short
1990 Playroom
1991 Cover-Up
1992 Dr. Giggles
1997 Star Kid
2000 The Other Me
2001 Zenon: The Zequel


Year Series Episode
1989 Monsters "Love Hurts"
1991 Tales from the Crypt "Mournin' Mess"
2021 American Horror Stories "Feral"

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • "Twist" (1988)
Tales from the Crypt
  • "Mournin' Mess" (also director, 1991)
Dr. Giggles N/A
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • "While the Cat's Away" (1993)
Dead at 21
  • "Gone Daddy Gone" (1994)
  • "Use Your Illusion" (1994)
  • "Cry Baby Cry" (1994)
  • "Life During Wartime" (1994)
The Outer Limits Showtime
Hostile Intent
  • Feature film (1997)
Star Kid
  • Feature film (also director, 1997)
Strange World
  • "Azrael's Breed" (1999)
  • "Rage" (2000)
Odyssey 5
  • 19 episodes (2002–2005)
Star Trek: Enterprise

14 episodes (2003-2005):

The 1/2 Hour News Hour
  • 17 episodes (2007)
Fox News Channel
  • 27 episodes (2006–2007, 2009–2010)

10 episodes (2010-2013):

  • "Practically Perfect" (2010)
  • "Take It!" (co-written with Wendy West, 2010)
  • "The Big One" (co-written with Chip Johannessen, 2010)
  • "Smokey and the Bandit" (2011)
  • "Talk to the Hand" (co-written with Tim Schlattmann, 2011)
  • "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl" (2012)
  • "Chemistry" (co-written with Karen Campbell, 2012)
  • "Do You See What I See?" (co-written with Wendy West, 2012)
  • "Every Silver Lining..." (2013)
  • "Remember the Monsters?" (co-written with Scott Buck, 2013)
24: Live Another Day
  • Television miniseries (2014)
24: Legacy
  • 4 episodes (2017)
  • Television film (co-written with Evan Katz, TBA)
  • "Pilot" (2020)
American Horror Stories
  • "Drive In" (2021)
  • "The Naughty List" (2021)
  • "BA'AL" (co-written with Ali Adler, 2021)
  • "Feral" (2021)
  • "Dollhouse" (2022)
  • "Aura" (2022)
  • "Drive" (2022)
  • "Facelift" (2022)
  • "Lake" (2022)
  • "Daphne" (2023) (posthumous release)
  • "Organ" (2023) (posthumous release)
FX on Hulu
American Horror Story
  • "Forbidden Fruit" (2018)
  • "Gaslight" (2021)
  • "Winter Kills" (2021)
  • "Take Me to Your Leader" (2021)
  • "Inside" (2021)
  • "Blue Moon" (2021)
  • "The Future Perfect" (2021)
  • "Thank You for Your Service" (2022)
  • "Smoke Signals" (2022)


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (1995-05-28). "Megabucks Turn to Megabusts". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  3. ^ "Star Trek Coto, Manny". Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2005-03-11.
  4. ^ a b Manny Coto Dies: Emmy-Winning ’24’ EP Who Created AI Drama ‘Next’ & Worked On ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’, ‘American Horror Story’ & ‘Dexter’ Was 62
  5. ^ "Venetian Wedding for Executive Producer Manny Coto". Star February 1, 2005. Archived from the original on February 6, 2005. Retrieved December 27, 2013.

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