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Harold Antill Livingston (4 September 192428 April 2022; age 97) was an American novelist and screenwriter who received sole screenwriting credit for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Initially, Livingston was hired as the creative producer for Star Trek: Phase II before finally being given his writing role for the film. Livingston never wrote another feature film after Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

In 2001 he was interviewed for the "Phase II: The Lost Enterprise"-special feature on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) DVD. A father of four, his daughter Leah appeared as one of the Enterprise crew members in the recreation deck scenes in the film her father co-wrote. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 38)

Livingston passed away on 28 April 2022, at the age of 97. [1] In 2024, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame. [2]

Career outside Star Trek[]

Livingston had previously written episodes of Mission: Impossible, which, like Star Trek: The Original Series, was produced by Desilu. He had also written for the TV series Barbary Coast, starring William Shatner (James T. Kirk on TOS).

Livingston scripted episodes for several other television shows, including Mannix featuring Rosemary Forsyth, Banacek (including an episode directed by Herschel Daugherty), Archer (starring Brian Keith), The Fantastic Journey (starring Ike Eisenmann), and Fantasy Island (starring Ricardo Montalban). His only other motion picture writing credits besides Star Trek are the 1966 drama The Street Is My Beat (featuring John Harmon) and the 1968 Joseph Sargent-directed war drama The Hell with Heroes (featuring William Marshall and Sid Haig)

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