Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 139: Bill Blair

Bill Blair: More Alien Than Human

Bill Blair is the Guinness World Record Holder for most special effect makeup characters portrayed in a career. With over 200 roles under heavy prosthetics, including dozens in Star Trek DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise, Bill's face is hardly recognizable for the amount of work he's put in on-camera.

Bill talks about growing up in a small town and finding his way into Hollywood, cutting his teeth in commercials along the way. We discuss his time in the first “Robocop,” working on “Diagnosis Murder” and with Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote,” his audition for “Star Trek: First Contact” and why he ultimately had to turn down the role, how he got into acting with prosthetics and transforming into countless aliens in the Star Trek universe as well as “Babylon 5”, stories about Michael Westmore, and amazing tips and techniques, he learned along the way to be a better performer under heavy makeup plus, how to play dead on-screen, and the advice he received from Robin Williams that he never forgot.

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