Ronald D. Moore

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Ronald D. Moore

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7/5/1964, Chowchilla, California, U.S.A.

Birth Name

Ronald Dowl Moore

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Ronald Moore is the acclaimed co-creator and executive producer of the Sci Fi Channel show Battlestar Galactica. He has also written the script for key episodes such as the Miniseries and the double episode "Occupation/Precipice." He received a 2007 Emmy nomination for that episode ("Outstanding Writing For a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Ronald Moore was nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series." The nomination recognized his script for the double-length episode "Occupation/Precipice," the first episode of the third season of Battlestar Galactica.

    • Variety reported in November 2006 that Ronald Moore is writing the script for the Universal Pictures remake of John Carpenter's sci-fi horror movie The Thing (1982). The original movie featured a shapeshifting extraterrestrial creature that menaced researchers at an Antarctic science station. That film was a remake of The Thing From Another World (1951). The inspiration for that movie came from a 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?" by noted sci-fi author John W. Campbell Jr.

    • As of December 2005, he is helping to develop the series Warehouse 13 for the Sci Fi Channel. The show, from writer Brent Mote, follows two government officials who are banished to a storage facility in North Dakota in which every item has a supernatural or fantastical history.

    • He is working on the fantasy series Pen and the Sword for NBC. The show features a young man who works in a building that is a portal to a medieval alternate universe.

    • In December 2005, he signed a two-year development deal with NBC Universal Television Studio to create and develop series, with an emphasis on science-fiction projects.

    • Battlestar Galactica was named the best show on television by Time Magazine in December 2005.

    • He had to create much of the Klingon culture for his scripts on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." When he wrote the script for the episode Sins of the Father, the Klingon homeworld didn't even have a name. He says that he was intrigued by the fact that so little had been created for one of the key cultures in the Star Trek universe.

    • His series, Battlestar Galactica, was named as one of the top 10 television shows of 2005 by the American Film Institute.

    • Moore has continued to be accessible to fans as co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica. He maintains a Battlestar Galactica blog on the SciFi Channel's website where he posts his thoughts on the show. He also answers questions from fans about the show.

    • Moore wrote the scripts for the first two episodes of the new Battlestar Galactica series. The first episode, "33," won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

    • Moore wrote or co-wrote the scripts for three episodes of the HBO series Carnivale before devoting his attention to the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries and series.

    • Moore co-wrote the script for the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries in addition to serving as co-executive producer.

    • Moore became co-executive producer for the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, which first aired as a miniseries on the SciFi Channel in December 2003.

    • Since leaving Star Trek: Voyager, Moore is often proposed by fans as the natural choice to head the Star Trek franchise, which as of fall 2005 no longer has any current TV series for the first time in 18 seasons.

    • A character in the pilot episode of Enterprise, the fifth Star Trek series, was named after Moore. The farmer who shot the Klingon was named Farmer Moore.

    • He has two children, Robin and Roxy Moore.

    • His wife's name is Terry.

    • Moore lives in Los Angeles.

    • In 2002, Moore was named executive producer of the HBO drama, Carnivale.

    • Moore developed Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern as a pilot for a new show on The WB, but the project was cancelled before production began.

    • In 2000, Moore joined the WB series Roswell as a co-executive producer and writer. He and Jason Katims oversaw the show until it ended in 2002.

    • After leaving Star Trek: Voyager, Moore became a consulting producer for the SciFi Channel series Good vs. Evil.

    • Moore left Star Trek: Voyager after only 2 episodes. He had a falling out with Brannon Braga. He claimed that he was not allowed to participate in the creative process on the show.

    • After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended, Moore became co-executive producer for Star Trek: Voyager, joining his writing partner, Brannon Braga.

    • Moore also introduced the new U.S.S. Defiant (formerly the U.S.S. Sao Paulo) to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in a script he co-wrote with Rene Echevarria, "The Dogs of War." This was the penultimate episode of the series.

    • Moore introduced the U.S.S. Defiant to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in his script for the 3rd season premiere "The Search, Part 1." He originally intended to name the ship "Defiant" but changed it in honor of the ship from the original series episode "The Tholian Web."

    • Moore and Rene Echevarria received a Hugo nomination for the script to the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tribute to the 30th anniversary of the original series. Characters from DS9 shared the screen with characters from the original series through Emmy-nominated special effects.

    • Moore and Brannon Braga co-wrote the first draft of the story for the movie Mission Impossible II (2000). They received a "story by" credit. Robert Towne received final credit for the screenplay.

    • Moore and Brannon Braga received another Hugo nomination for their script of the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

    • Moore and Brannon Braga teamed up again for the screenplay of the second Star Trek movie to feature The Next Generation cast, Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

    • Moore and Brannon Braga received a Hugo nomination for their screenplay of the movie Star Trek: Generations.

    • Moore teamed up with Brannon Braga to write the script for Star Trek: Generations (1994), the first Star Trek movie to feature the cast of The Next Generation series.

    • Moore became popular with fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine not only because of his writing but also because of the regular updates he provided over the Internet. He would answer fan questions and concerns on a frequent basis.

    • Moore joined Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in its third season as a supervising producer. He was promoted to co-executive producer for the final two seasons of the show.

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in its final season (1993-1994) when Moore served as writer and producer.

    • The script for the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "All Good Things..." (which was co-written by Moore and Brannon Braga), won the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

    • He began at Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

    • He often co-wrote episodes for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Brannon Braga. The pair was credited with writing the series finale of ST: TNG, "All Good Things..."

    • Moore was known as the Klingon expert of the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He wrote a number of episodes that explored the Klingon culture.

    • Moore was a writer, script editor, co-producer and producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation during his five seasons with the show.

    • He was born in Chowchilla, Calif., in 1964.

    • Ronald attended Cornell University where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Government (usually called political science at other universities). He failed to graduate, "flunking out" just one semester before graduation.

    • Moore watched the original Battlestar Galactica series as a child.

    • Ronald Moore was raised in Chowchilla, Calif., in the 1970s. Interestingly, the town has 2 women for every male.

  • Quotes

    • (discussing Ronald Moore's first time as a director, for an episode of Battlestar Galactica filmed in March 2008)
      Katee Sackhoff: I've gotta say, he's the first director I've ever worked with that, after every take, he says, 'Thank you.' I think that what the crew does, what the actor does, can sometimes be overlooked because it's what we're supposed to do. To have someone thank you after every take is very interesting. I've found that after the take, I stood a little taller, I was a little happier and I thought, 'Wow, that does feel really good.' He really is a great director. Granted, I only had one scene with him, but that was one thing that I noticed that I've never had happen before, and it really speaks to his character.

    • (discussing the Sci Fi Channel and Battlestar Galactica)
      Ronald Moore: They give me quite a bit of leeway. They have opinions and notes. Most of the major battles were fought early on in the first season, but they let me do the show that I wanted to do. I cannot say that they did not let me do the show I wanted to do.

    • (Writer Michael Taylor and Ronald Moore discussing "Battlestar Galactica: Razor")
      Taylor: But [the actions of those aboard the Pegasus] may have been just as necessary a reaction, as necessary a way of dealing with such horrendous circumstances. To tell the same story even more darkly was naturally very attractive to all of us.
      Moore: It's so dark you can't actually see what's happening.

    • Ronald D. Moore: When we set out to 're-envision' "Battlestar Galactica" we were told, you don't pull on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't unmask that old Lone Ranger, and you don't cut off Starbuck's Little Jim.

    • Ronald Moore: To be honest, we've achieved more than I could have hoped for two years ago. I always believed in what we were doing, always believed it was going to work, but if you'd told me in 2003 that in 2005 Time would name the show the number one television show on the air, I wouldn't have believed a word of it.

      (talking about Battlestar Galactica being named the best show on television by Time Magazine in Dec. 2005)

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