Clifford John Bole
1937 - 2014
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Clifford John Bole

11/09/1937 - 02/15/2014

Director/Producer Clifford John Bole died peacefully at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., on the morning of February 15, 2014. Born in San Francisco, Calif., Cliff grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he developed an early passion for the profession that would become his life's work, playing in the back lots of studios, and sneaking in with friends to watch productions in progress; a self-described "Set Rat." Cliff began his professional life as a script clerk, advancing to script supervisor and production supervisor assignments before breaking into directing. One of his first positions was script supervisor on McHale's Navy in 1964. Best known for his directing work on Star Trek, Cliff directed twenty-five episodes of the first blockbuster series, The Next Generation, seven of Deep Space Nine and ten of Voyager. The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in The Next Generation episode "Conspiracy," were named for him. Television series in which Cliff served as a director include: Baywatch, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, MacGyver, M.A.N.T.I.S., Matt Houston, Mission Impossible, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Spencer for Hire, Strike Force, The Six Million Dollar Man, The X Files, T.J. Hooker, and Vega$. In 2005, Cliff was recognized with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, 255 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Calif. After retiring to the Coachella Valley, Cliff continued to make creative contributions to key local projects. He recently completed a documentary entitled Cars Under the Stars showcasing the popular event, El Paseo Cruise Night. Cliff was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He also was a member of Desert Falls Country Club. An avid pilot, boater, golfer and dirt bike rider, Cliff was a frequent participant in races hosted by Viewfinder MC, an off-road motorcycle club headquartered in Southern California that was originally organized by Hollywood stuntmen. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham. Cliff served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. He graduated from Harvard Military School and briefly attended USC. Cliff is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daughter, Stacey Bole Harrison of Granite Bay, Calif.; his son, Curtis Robert Bole of Santa Monica, Calif.; and two grandsons, Connor and Cole. In accordance with his wishes, Cliff's ashes will be scattered at sea. The family suggests that friends wishing to honor his memory contribute to a cancer research organization of their choice or visit his star in Palm Springs. A celebration of life will be held later in the year. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries.

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Published in The Desert Sun on Feb. 22, 2014.
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June 23, 2014
Brenda--I just has a Facebook request from Elaine Strom. I was scrolling through her site and found this article. We are so sorry for your loss. There is a special place in our hearts for you and Cliff.
Love, Steve & Gerry Welch
March 19, 2014
We lost a dear friend. We enjoyed his
smile and tales of Hollywood. He will
be in our hearts and minds for a long
long time.
Brenda, your friends are here to help you. Our hearts are with you.
Love, Larry & Trudy
March 1, 2014
My dear Brenda, you are in our thoughts. Cliff not only became a dear friend and Charlie's buddy but a mentor to me and like they say my brush with greatness. You left us too early but will always remain in our hearts.
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Tobala & Charlie
Toby Speights
February 25, 2014
I met Cliff when my story idea was produced by Star Trek: Voyager. I was invited to Paramount for filming, and one of the first people I was introduced to was Cliff. He sat in his chair, and immediately started talking to me about what script pages were filming, and the production schedule he had set for himself. (He also made a few sarcastic comments about some of the extras, which I just loved. :) )

I really appreciated the time Cliff spent with me. He was busy, thinking about a million things (and millions of dollars); but he had time. Like Joe Longo, he made me feel welcome.

I will never forget that, or Cliff.

George Brozak
February 22, 2014
Brenda, we just heard the news and are so sorry for your loss. Cliff was a wonderful man and we had some good times together on the course and at the club. I know how much you will miss him. Sending our love and prayers.

Jeanne Young & Thura Nyo
Jeanne Young
February 22, 2014
Brenda, we just received the news today. Cliff will be missed. A good man, a great director and a wonderful human being. I so enjoyed working with Cliff over the many years in the television jungle. He made it fun and tolorable. He will always be in our hearts.


Steve and Adrienne Downing
Steve Downing
February 22, 2014
Brenda, Ann & I are so sorry for you and your family's loss. Cliff was a great person and friend, we will miss him dearly. I can't wait to see his video on Cars Under the Stars that I know that he worked so diligently on.

Ann & Greg Vaka
Gregory Vaka
February 22, 2014
I worked with Cliff on many of the Aaron Spelling TV shows. I remember him as a big USC football fan. We had many hours of enjoyment teasing him when UCLA won

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