Bio: Behr, Ira Steven

Ira Steven BehrBiography: Emmy Award nominee Ira Steven Behr has written and produced over 300 hours of television.

Behr graduated from Lehman College in New York City, where he majored in mass communications and theater under the legendary playwright Edward Albee.  Later Behr met and assisted playwright Israel Horovitz and was offered a playwriting scholarship to Brandeis University.  Instead, he elected to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing comedy.

However, it was in dramatic television that Behr ended up making his mark, as a writer/producer on such shows as Fame, (for which he was awarded the Scott Newman award for the episode "White Light"), The Bronx Zoo and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  His success on "Next Generation" led to Behr being brought on board Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where he became the show’s executive producer and wrote over 40 episodes during the series' seven-year run.

Behr's television writing and producing credits include Bob Patterson, Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone (which won him a Rondo award for "It's Still a Good Life," the sequel to the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "It's a Good Life"), Dr. Vegas, the Emmy-nominated summer series The 4400 (for which Behr co-wrote over 20 episodes during its four-season run), and the critically acclaimed second season of the Starz series Crash.

In addition to his television work, Behr is the author of two best-selling books, "The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition" and "Legends of the Ferengi" (co-author), both based on the comical Ferengi characters from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Behr recently completed his first novel entitled "Waiting for My Life to Begin."  Set during the Summer 1969, this "bastard child of Philip Roth and Nick Hornby" follows a young man as he searches for the eternal verities of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. (Courtesy Syfy, 2011)

Television Credits:
Jessica Novak (1981) (writer)
Bret Maverick (1981) (writer)
The Bronx Zoo (1987) (writer)
Once A Hero (1987) (writer)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (producer: 1989-1990)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (co-executive producer: 1993-1994) (executive producer: 1995-1999) (supervising producer: 1993)
Bob Patterson (ABC, 2001)