Manny Coto, the showrunner behind the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise, passed away on July 9th.
Star Trek: Enterprise struggled through its first three seasons. It wasn’t until season four that viewers thought the series had really found its footing, and that was thanks to Manny Coto, the executive producer and showrunner, who passed away on July 9th. Coto was reponsible for creating arcs that transformed the characters of the series and most associated with Enterprise give him the credit for a wonderful season that was its strongest yet.
According to Coto’s family, he’d been battling pancreatic cancer for thirteen months prior to his death in Pasadena at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and their children—Manny, Riley, Charlotte, and Finlay as well as his mother, Norma, his sister, Normi, his brother Juan Carlos, and eight nieces and nephews.
Manny Coto developed a career that spanned thirty-five years.
Born in Cuba as Manuel Hector Coto, Coto fled Castro’s regime along with his mother and was joined later by his father. He began his career with his father’s Super8 camera, making a horror film and an MCU-themed film called “The Incredible Bulk.” Coto’s talent propelled him into the big leagues where he shared an Emmy with the series, 24, for Outstanding Drama Series and was Emmy-nominated as executive producer for Dexter in 2011 ,
As a writer, director, and producer, Coto had a hand in some of the finest series on television. Most recently, he wrote eleven episodes of American Horror Story. But, according to Deadline, who shared a statement from the family representative, it was his lifelong love of Star Trek that imbued his life and shaped his worldview. And he kept the writing staff of Enterprise in stitches with his impression of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.
20th Television and FX family, for whom Coto worked for almost two decades, released a statement after Coto’s death.
"“Manny was an incredibly beloved member of the 20th Television and FX family for close to two decades, He was brilliantly creative with a deep intellectual curiosity, and his loyalty and friendship touched many. He will be immensely missed by all who were fortunate to have known and worked with him over the years, and our sincere condolences go out to his beautiful family at this most difficult time.”"
We here at Red Shirts Always Die send our deepest condolences to the family.