Michael Piller
Miami Vice Writer
"Child's Play" (teleplay)
May 30, 1948, Port Chester, New York
November 1, 2005, Los Angeles, California (age 57, cancer)

Michael Piller (May 30, 1948 - November 1, 2005) was an American scriptwriter and producer who wrote the teleplay for the episode "Child's Play" of the series Miami Vice.


Piller began writing for TV shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Cagney and Lacey, and Simon and Simon before he joined the Star Trek universe, writing thirteen episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (including "Unification Parts I and II" and "The Best of Both Worlds Parts I and II") before being promoted to executive producer for the final three seasons, then created the spin-offs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as serving in the executive producer role. Piller also collaborated with co-producer Rick Berman on the movie Star Trek: Insurrection featuring the TNG cast. After Voyager ended in 2001, Piller created the series The Dead Zone (based on the Stephen King novel) that ran until 2007, and Wildfire, a family-oriented drama, which ran from 2005-2008.


Piller died from cancer on November 1, 2005, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 57. Surviving are his wife, Sandra, and three children, one of which, Shawn, co-created The Dead Zone and Wildfire with his father and he continued to work with Wildfire after his father's death.

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