I would like to wish Doug Drexler a very happy birthday today.
I have admired Doug’s work for a long time now and followed all his Drex Files blog posts and now his Facebook page.
There are many people that have worked on Star Trek, many of them are the pinnacle of their talent, no other show or franchise can boast the level of perfection of their creative forces than Star Trek, and for me, Doug is right at the top.
Doug is an Oscar winner, a Bafta winner, a Saturn winner and an Emmy nominated legend.
I’ve personally found him to be one of the most approachable celebrities, always happy to point people who ask in the right direction, without being smug or demeaning.
He continues to respond to fans about his time on Star Trek and I love his anecdotes and stories about his time working with some of the Star Trek actors we have come to immortalise.
I would also like to personally thank Doug for the help he has given me over the past year, it’s very much appreciated.
Happy Birthday Sir.
Below is Doug’s Wiki bio:
Doug Drexler was born in New York City and is a visual effects artist, designer, sculptor, illustrator, and a makeup artist who has collaborated with such talents as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Meryl Streep, and Warren Beatty. He began his career in the entertainment industry working for makeup legend Dick Smith on such films as The Hunger and Starman.
He has also contributed to Three Men and a Little Lady, The Cotton Club, FX, Manhunter and Dick Tracy. Dick Tracy earned Drexler an Oscar, as well as The British Academy Award and the Saturn Award for his special makeup effects on characters such as Big Boy Caprice (played by Pacino) and Mumbles (played by Hoffman).
Two Emmy nominations in the same field followed for three years working on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he performed such tasks as aging Captain Picard for “The Inner Light”. His final make-up job for the series, and perhaps his career, was the Mark Twain makeup worn by Jerry Hardin in the two part episode “Times Arrow”
In 1992 Drexler made a career change by moving over to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as designer, digital artist and effects artist. He continued in that capacity on the subsequent Star Trek films as well as Star Trek: Voyager.
In April 2001 Drexler worked as senior Illustrator and CGI designer on the fifth Star Trek series, Enterprise.
Doug designed the ship for this series, the Enterprise NX-01.
Following Enterprise, Doug was hired by renowned Visual Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel as CG Supervisor on Battlestar Galactica, “Caprica”, “Blood and Chrome”, and “Defiance”. Doug won two Emmy Awards and a Visual Effects Society Award for Galactica.