Michael Westmore ranks among Hollywood's most talented makeup artists and has many major awards to prove it. He is closely associated with the popular Star Trek syndicated spin-offs Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His creative designs for these shows have netted him nine Emmy nominations and two wins for each show. He has also worked on many more series and in total has garnered 30 Emmy nominations and wins for the programs Amazing Stories, Three Wishes of Billy Grier, Why Me?, and Eleanor and Franklin. In feature films, Westmore won an Oscar for Mask and received nominations for The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986) and 2010 (1984). He learned his craft at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has written two books about his profession, The Art of Theatrical Makeup for Stage and Screen and Star Trek: The Next Generation Makeup Effects Journal, which Westmore co-wrote with J. Nazarro.