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Winrich Kolbe

Winrich Kolbe in 1994

Winrich Kolbe and Denise Crosby

Kolbe with Denise Crosby on the set of "All Good Things..."

Winrich "Rick" E. Kolbe (born 9 August 1940 - died September 2012, age 72) was a German-born American television director, who worked on all four Star Trek spin-off series. A character listed in a piece of background signage in The Next Generation episode "Up The Long Ladder", Captain Winrich Kolbe, was named after him.

Kolbe served in the Vietnam War, an experience he drew on when he directed "The Siege of AR-558". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)


Kolbe started directing for the television series Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and moved on to episodes of Battlestar Galactica (1978), Sword of Justice, and The Weavers, followed by The Rockford Files, Knight Rider, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King for Warner Bros. In 1987 Kolbe and his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he directed Spenser: For Hire, followed by its spin-off A Man Called Hawk, starring Avery Brooks.

Other creditsEdit

Other directing credits include CHiPs, Voyagers!, Millennium, Angel, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 24 and the remake of Twilight Zone (2002).

Later years and deathEdit

From 2003 to 2007, Kolbe was a professor of Film and Television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Around March 2007, he resigned and returned to California with his family for health reasons.

Kolbe died in September of 2012. (DGA Monthly, November 2012; [1])

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