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Robert H. Justman

Robert Harris Justman
Born July 13, 1926
New York City
Died May 28, 2008 (aged 81)
Los Angeles
Nationality American
Occupation Television producer
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Justman
Children Jennifer, Jonathan, and William

Robert Harris "Bob" Justman (July 13, 1926 – May 28, 2008) was an American television producer, director, and production manager. He worked on many American TV series including Lassie, The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman, The Outer Limits, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Then Came Bronson.[1]

Career

Bob Justman was one of the pioneers behind Star Trek, working both as an associate and supervising producer on Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was also the assistant director of the first two Star Trek episodes: "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." During Star Trek: The Original Series, he served as Gene Roddenberry's right-hand man, who managed the show along with John D. F. Black, Herbert F. Solow, D.C. Fontana, and Gene L. Coon. Justman was reportedly the first to call Gene Roddenberry "The Great Bird of the Galaxy," drawn from a throwaway line from the original series episode The Man Trap.[2]

Besides working as the associate producer during the first two years, Justman served as the co-producer of Star Trek during the first 14 episodes of its third season. Then he resigned because of his displeasure at the decline in production and script quality of the TV series as well as what he considered its poor treatment by NBC-TV. Its production budget had been radically reduced during its third season.[3]

Justman's motion picture credits as an assistant director included The Big Combo (1955), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), Attack (1956), and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

Justman also appeared in front of the camera once as an actor. He appeared as the "Elder of Luminos" in the "A Feasibility Study" episode in The Outer Limits. His name also became the name of a shuttlecraft in The Next Generation.

Along with Herbert F. Solow, Justman wrote the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, published by Pocket Books in 1996. According to Publishers Weekly, "As told by Solow, Star Trek's co-producer [sic], and Justman, the executive in charge of production [sic], this is arguably the definitive history of the TV show...With plenty of behind-the-scenes material that will be of interest to Trek fans, this book puts a good deal of emphasis on the show's business side, elucidating production difficulties, cost overruns, and the seemingly constant debate with NBC over the show's future." (Publishers Weekly inadvertently gave Solow's title to Justman and vice-versa.)

Other Accomplishments

Along with Mr. Justman's long list of accomplishments he was also a guest of the U.S. Air Force's special study at Maxwell Air Force Base during 1993 - 94 on the future of the military. He was a speaker and future thinker for the SPACECAST 2020 program.

Death

Justman died on May 28, 2008 in Los Angeles from the complications of severe Parkinson's disease.[4]

References

  • TrekMovie.com: TOS & TNG Producer Robert Justman Has Passed Away
  • Robert H. Justman, a creative force on 2 'Star Trek' TV series LA Times, June 1, 2008

Notes

  1. ^ Robert H. Justman at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Simply Syndicated's Starbase 66, Episode 38, Interview with Herb Solow
  3. ^ Herbert Solow and Robert H. Justman, Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, Pocket Books 1996. pp.408-409
  4. ^ Star Trek' producer Justman dead at 81"'".  

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