Student, University Minnesota, Duluth, 1962-1966.
He was the series" initial head writer/show runner. His influence was substantial. According to Rick Berman, it was Hurley who successfully pushed for the firing of Gates McFadden, who played the role of Doctor Beverly Crusher.
Hurley left the series after its second season, which allowed the return of McFadden to the role of Doctor Crusher.
Hurley was replaced by Michael I. Wagner (for four episodes) and ultimately by Michael Piller. Hurley wrote the script for the film Firebird 2015 in 1981.
In the 1980s, his work for television included writing scripts for The Equalizer and Miami Vice. He also produced some episodes of The Equalizer.
His later television efforts included writing and/or producing episodes for Baywatch, Diagnosis: Murder, 24, and Louisiana Femme Nikita.
Married Adrienne St. John Geer (divorced May 1972). Children: Seana, Timothy, Patrick. Married Geraldine Garrett, December 20, 1972.
1 child, Michael.