Maurice Hurley

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Maurice Hurley
Born Maurice Hurley
August 16, 1939
Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 24, 2015 (age 75)
Nationality American
Occupation Screenwriter and producer

Maurice Hurley (August 16, 1939 – February 24, 2015) was an American screenwriter and producer known best for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation.[1]


Hurley wrote the script for the film Firebird 2015 AD in 1981.[2]

In the 1980s, his work for television included writing scripts for The Equalizer and Miami Vice. He also produced some episodes of The Equalizer. His later TV efforts included writing and/or producing episodes for Baywatch, Diagnosis: Murder, 24, and La Femme Nikita.[2]

Star Trek: The Next Generation[edit]

Hurley was the series' initial head writer/show runner. His influence was substantial as he introduced creative elements on the series that are now part of the franchise, notably the Borg. It was Hurley who was responsible for the firing of Gates McFadden, who played the role of Dr. Beverly Crusher, at the end of the show's first season.[3] Berman said Hurley "....had a real bone to pick"[4] with McFadden and did not like her acting.

Hurley left the series after its second season, which allowed the return of McFadden to the role of Dr. Crusher. Hurley was replaced by Michael I. Wagner (for four episodes) and ultimately by Michael Piller.


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (February 26, 2015). "'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Writer and Producer Maurice Hurley Dies at 75". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lentz III, Harris (April 2015). "Obituaries". Classic Images (478): 50–56. 
  3. ^ "Rick Berman Talks 18 Years of Trek In Extensive Oral History". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  4. ^ Rick Berman Talks 18 Years of Trek In Extensive Oral History Written Summary quote

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