TV and movie producer Harve Bennett passed away on March 4th. He was 84.
Bennett was one of TV's most successful producers during the 1970's with hits such as The Mod Squad (co-produced with Aaron Spelling), The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. He also produced the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man which launched the career of Nick Nolte.
In the 1980's, Bennett took over as producer of the Star Trek movie franchise. Bennett persuaded Leonard Nimoy not to drop out of the series when he proposed that the Spock character be killed off and also got Ricardo Montalban to reprise his role of Khan resulting in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He would also produce Star Trek III: Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.