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Winrich Kolbe (1940-2012)

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  • dghprobe3
    Winrich Kolbe directed episodes of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica (both of which were associated with Leslie Stevens), and he directed for Star
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 2, 2012
      Winrich Kolbe directed episodes of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica (both of which were associated with Leslie Stevens), and he directed for Star Trek: TNG and ST: Voyager.

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      Obituary: Winrich Kolbe (1940-2012)

      Winrich Kolbe, director of nearly fifty segments of the 1980s-1990s Star Trek series, including the two-part final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the pilot for Star Trek: Voyager, has died at the age of 71. Kolbe, who retired from directing in 2003, had left a teaching post at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, apparently due to illness. His death, noted in the memoriam column of the November DGA Monthly, was not reported by any major news source or Star Trek fan outlet. A family member, reached by telephone on Tuesday, confirmed that Kolbe died in late September but could provide few other details.

      Born in Germany in 1940, Kolbe (above, with Denise Crosby) began his career in Hollywood as a Universal staffer in the seventies. At Universal he moved up from associate producer (on McCloud, Switch, and Quincy, M.E.) to director in 1977, with an episode of The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries. His other early credits included single segments of Battlestar Galactica and The Rockford Files (the last episode, in fact, although the abrupt termination of the series due to James Garner's rift with the studio meant it was not a true finale), but Kolbe his stride in the eighties as a regular director for several testosterone-rich action and crime series: Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, Hunter, and Spenser: For Hire.

      In 1988 Kolbe began long associations with two successful successful dramas, In the Heat of the Night and Star Trek: The Next Generation. But it was the latter that would become his main late-career meal ticket, as "Rick" Kolbe became a franchise favorite who continued on to the Star Trek spinoffs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and (briefly) Enterprise. Kolbe directed several first-rate Next Generation episodes, including "Darmok" (with Paul Winfield) and the finale, "All Good Things…", but his chief claim to fame within the Star Trek universe may be his three-year relationship with Kate Mulgrew during the early seasons of Voyager. (Kolbe was married at the time, and the romance made the tabloids.) This article offers a detailed look at the filming of one of the director's Voyager segments, and provides a useful snapshot of how Kolbe worked.

      Kolbe also directed episodes of Battlestar: Galactica (the original), T.J. Hooker, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Millenium, Angel, 24, and Fastlane, among others.
    • Jim Alexander
      Thank you for alerting us to Kolbe s passing, Don. Jim Alexander ... Winrich Kolbe directed episodes of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica (both of
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 2, 2012
        Thank you for alerting us to Kolbe's passing, Don.

        Jim Alexander

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        Winrich Kolbe directed episodes of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica (both of which were associated with Leslie Stevens), and he directed for Star Trek: TNG and ST: Voyager.

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        http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/obituary-winrich-kolbe-1940-2012/

        Obituary: Winrich Kolbe (1940-2012)

        Winrich Kolbe, director of nearly fifty segments of the 1980s-1990s Star Trek series, including the two-part final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the pilot for Star Trek: Voyager, has died at the age of 71. Kolbe, who retired from directing in 2003, had left a teaching post at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, apparently due to illness. His death, noted in the memoriam column of the November DGA Monthly, was not reported by any major news source or Star Trek fan outlet. A family member, reached by telephone on Tuesday, confirmed that Kolbe died in late September but could provide few other details.

        Born in Germany in 1940, Kolbe (above, with Denise Crosby) began his career in Hollywood as a Universal staffer in the seventies. At Universal he moved up from associate producer (on McCloud, Switch, and Quincy, M.E.) to director in 1977, with an episode of The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries. His other early credits included single segments of Battlestar Galactica and The Rockford Files (the last episode, in fact, although the abrupt termination of the series due to James Garner's rift with the studio meant it was not a true finale), but Kolbe his stride in the eighties as a regular director for several testosterone-rich action and crime series: Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, Hunter, and Spenser: For Hire.

        In 1988 Kolbe began long associations with two successful successful dramas, In the Heat of the Night and Star Trek: The Next Generation. But it was the latter that would become his main late-career meal ticket, as "Rick" Kolbe became a franchise favorite who continued on to the Star Trek spinoffs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and (briefly) Enterprise. Kolbe directed several first-rate Next Generation episodes, including "Darmok" (with Paul Winfield) and the finale, "All Good Things…", but his chief claim to fame within the Star Trek universe may be his three-year relationship with Kate Mulgrew during the early seasons of Voyager. (Kolbe was married at the time, and the romance made the tabloids.) This article offers a detailed look at the filming of one of the director's Voyager segments, and provides a useful snapshot of how Kolbe worked.

        Kolbe also directed episodes of Battlestar: Galactica (the original), T.J. Hooker, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Millenium, Angel, 24, and Fastlane, among others.




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      • David Marks
        Perhaps his best episode of ST-TNG is Darmok.   Paul Winfield recalled that Kolbe did not want him as the Tamarian captain to use gestures.        End
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 2, 2012
          Perhaps his best episode of ST-TNG is "Darmok."  Paul Winfield
          recalled that Kolbe did not want him as the Tamarian captain
          to use gestures.
           
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               David in MA

          --- On Fri, 11/2/12, Jim Alexander <probecontrol@...> wrote:


          From: Jim Alexander <probecontrol@...>
          Subject: Re: [probe_control] Winrich Kolbe (1940-2012)
          To: "probe control" <probe_control@yahoogroups.com>
          Date: Friday, November 2, 2012, 9:05 PM



           



          Thank you for alerting us to Kolbe's passing, Don.

          Jim Alexander

          ----- Original Message -----

          Winrich Kolbe directed episodes of McCloud and the original Battlestar Galactica (both of which were associated with Leslie Stevens), and he directed for Star Trek: TNG and ST: Voyager.

          ------

          http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/obituary-winrich-kolbe-1940-2012/

          Obituary: Winrich Kolbe (1940-2012)

          Winrich Kolbe, director of nearly fifty segments of the 1980s-1990s Star Trek series, including the two-part final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the pilot for Star Trek: Voyager, has died at the age of 71. Kolbe, who retired from directing in 2003, had left a teaching post at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, apparently due to illness. His death, noted in the memoriam column of the November DGA Monthly, was not reported by any major news source or Star Trek fan outlet. A family member, reached by telephone on Tuesday, confirmed that Kolbe died in late September but could provide few other details.

          Born in Germany in 1940, Kolbe (above, with Denise Crosby) began his career in Hollywood as a Universal staffer in the seventies. At Universal he moved up from associate producer (on McCloud, Switch, and Quincy, M.E.) to director in 1977, with an episode of The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries. His other early credits included single segments of Battlestar Galactica and The Rockford Files (the last episode, in fact, although the abrupt termination of the series due to James Garner's rift with the studio meant it was not a true finale), but Kolbe his stride in the eighties as a regular director for several testosterone-rich action and crime series: Magnum, P.I., Knight Rider, Hunter, and Spenser: For Hire.

          In 1988 Kolbe began long associations with two successful successful dramas, In the Heat of the Night and Star Trek: The Next Generation. But it was the latter that would become his main late-career meal ticket, as "Rick" Kolbe became a franchise favorite who continued on to the Star Trek spinoffs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and (briefly) Enterprise. Kolbe directed several first-rate Next Generation episodes, including "Darmok" (with Paul Winfield) and the finale, "All Good Things…", but his chief claim to fame within the Star Trek universe may be his three-year relationship with Kate Mulgrew during the early seasons of Voyager. (Kolbe was married at the time, and the romance made the tabloids.) This article offers a detailed look at the filming of one of the director's Voyager segments, and provides a useful snapshot of how Kolbe worked.

          Kolbe also directed episodes of Battlestar: Galactica (the original), T.J. Hooker, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Millenium, Angel, 24, and Fastlane, among others.

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