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Michael "Mike" Gray (26 October 1935 – 30 April 2013; age 77) was an Academy Award nominated producer and director who worked as producer on the first thirteen episodes of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also wrote the second season episode "Unnatural Selection" with John Mason and his name appeared in an okudagram reference, where he was listed as a noted comedian in the episode "The Outrageous Okona".
Gray started to work as a producer, cinematographer and director in the late 1960s with projects such as the documentaries American Revolution 2 (1969), 8 Flags/99¢ (1970), The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), The Gift: Four Seasons Mosaic of Marc Chagall (1974), and The Rocket Pilots (1981). As writer, he co-wrote the drama The China Syndrome (1979), the science fiction film Wavelength (1983) which he also directed, the action film Code of Silence (1985), and the television series Starman (1986-1987, starring Michael Cavanaugh). On the latter he also worked as producer and director. On most of his projects he worked with fellow The Next Generation producer and writer John Mason.
For his work on the drama The China Syndrome, Gray earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Screensplay, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen in 1980.