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Denny Martin Flinn

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Denny Martin Flinn

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Full Name: Denny Martin Flinn
Born: December 21, 1947
San Francisco, California, USA
Died: August 24, 2007
Woodland Hills, California, USA
Occupation: Writer, Actor
Nationality: American


Flinn was born in San Francisco, California and was raised in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. He majored in theater at San Francisco State University, after which he moved to New York where he performed in a number of Broadway musical productions, including Sugar from April 1972 through June 1973 and revivals of Hello, Dolly! and Pal Joey in the late 1970s. He also performed in and choreographed a number of off-Broadway productions.

Flinn spent a year and a half performing in national tours of A Chorus Line and even wrote and directed his own play, called Groucho, which premiered off-Broadway and toured for two years. In addition, he performed with TNG guest star Theodore Bikel in a national production of Fiddler on the Roof. It was during this production that Flinn met his future wife, Barbara.

As a choreographer, Flinn worked in film and television as well as theater. He and director Nicholas Meyer first worked together when Flinn choreographed Meyer's 1988 film The Deceivers, which led to the two collaborating on the script for Star Trek VI (which Meyer also directed). Additionally, Flinn's choreography can be seen in sequences of the soap operas Another World and Search for Tomorrow and in an animated sequence of the hit 1990 film Ghost, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Vincent Schiavelli.

Besides his one Trek novel, Flinn has also authored two mystery novels featuring the grandson of Sherlock Holmes (San Francisco Kills and Killer Finish) and a number of books on the entertainment world, including What They Did For Love: The Untold Story Behind the Making of A Chorus Line (his first book) and two How Not To books, How Not To Write a Screenplay and How Not To Audition. His work with Meyer on Star Trek VI was his only Hollywood screenplay; for their efforts, both he and Meyer were nominated for a Saturn Award in Best Writing from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Flinn later went on to adapt Meyer's novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, as a BBC radio play. He also wrote a radio play for Don Quixote, which earned him a nomination from the British Writers' Guild.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Star Trek: The Original Series

 74. (1995)


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