Top Tv director Cliff Bole has died at the age of 76.

Bole, whose full name was Clifford John Bole, passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California on 15 February (14). No further details of his death have been released.

After starting his career as a script supervisor on sitcom MCHale's Navy in the 1960s, Bole moved into directing and producing, most famously taking the helm of more than 40 episodes of the Star Trek franchise, including The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine spin-offs. He even had a race of Star Trek aliens, The Bolians, named after him.

Bole also directed episodes of Baywatch, Charlie's Angels, MACGyver, Fantasy Island, Mission: Impossible, and The X Files throughout his five-decade career.