Michael Westmore, who spent almost twenty years using makeup and prosthetics to create Star Trek aliens, shares his memories of his work and the people with whom he interacted.
When Westmore got his job on Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of the draws was that the job meant that he could spend more time with his family. “I was interested in TNG, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it because I’d been doing movies and traveling around the world, literally,” he said. “But I was getting a little tired of the traveling and actually wanted to stay home because my kids were still young. I thought, ‘If this Star Trek goes like the old one did, I can probably stay home for a year or two and it’ll be fine.’ So, for me, it was another creative, different project that I thought could be interesting and also an opportunity to be home with wife and family.”