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Bruce Alan Solow (23 December 1954 – 4 July 2001; age 46) was an assistant director who worked as first assistant director on the two Star Trek: The Next Generation third season episodes "Allegiance" and "Tin Man". On the latter episode he was credited as Bruce Allen Solow.
Solow was born in Los Angeles, California and started to work in the entertainment industry in the late 1970s when he was the second assistant director on the television thriller The Death of Ocean View Park (1979) and the musical comedy Roadie (1980). Also in 1979 he was the additional second assistant director on Steven Spielberg's war comedy 1941 on which he worked with fellow Trek assistant director Chris Soldo. In 1982, Solow served as associate producer on the short film Rocket to Stardom and the following years he made two appearances as an actor: As a townsman in the 1983 horror western Eyes of Fire with Ivy Bethune and Mike Genovese and as a lysol pervert in the 1983 drama Scarred.
Through the 1980s, Solow worked as second assistant director on several television series including Laverne & Shirley (1980-1981), Bay City Blues (1983, starring Michael Nouri), Remington Steele (1984), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1984-1985), Cagney & Lacey (1986), Beauty and the Beast (1987, starring Ron Perlman), and Miami Vice (1988-1990). On Miami Vice he also started to work as first assistant director. Further credits as second assistant director include the television drama Seduced (1985), the television drama The Children of Times Square (1986), the television comedy Double Switch (1987), the television thriller Six Against the Rock (1987), John Carpenter's horror thriller Prince of Darkness (1987, with Jessie Lawrence Ferguson), the television biography Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987), and the drama Born to Race (1988).
Prior to his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Solow was the second assistant director on the television thriller Blind Faith (1990), the additional second assistant director on the drama Catchfire (1990, with Dean Stockwell), and the second assistant director on the television mini-series Lucky Chances (1990). Following work as first assistant director on the television movie Saturday's (1991) and the thriller Diary of a Hitman (1991), Solow worked as second assistant director on the television mini-series Lady Boss (1992) and several episodes of NYPD Blue (1993-1994) and High Incident (1996). High Incident was Solow's last known work in the entertainment industry. In 1995 he became a corporate headhunter.
Solow passed away in 2011 in Ojai, California due to cancer. He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Corinne, and two children.