Doug Drexler (born in New York City) 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. 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.
Doug grew up on Long Island and attended Newfield High School. As of 2015, he is also a member of the board of directors for the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum.
1982 The Hunger
1983 The Cotton Club
1986 Making Mr. Right
1987 Fatal Attraction
1988 Poltergeist III
1990 Dick Tracy
1990 Three Men and a Little Lady
1990 True Identity
1991 For the Boys
1992 Shining Through
1990-1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation
1993-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1994 Star Trek Generations
1996 Star Trek First Contact
1998 Star Trek Insurrection
1998 Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries (unproduced TV series)
2001-2004 Star Trek: Enterprise
1999 Starship Troopers
1999-00 Star Trek: Voyager
2000 Max Steel
2000 Star Trek: The Motion Picture -Director's Edition
2001 Dan Dare
2001-2004 Star Trek: Enterprise
2004-2006 Star Trek New Voyages
2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica
2006 Future by Design
2007 Area 57
2008 Zeitgeist Addendum
2011 Drive Angry
2012 Blood and Chrome
The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Michael and Denise Okuda (ISBN 978-0671869052). Simon & Schuster, publisher.
Star Trek Science Logs by Andre Bormanis (ISBN 978-0671009977). Simon & Schuster, publisher.
Designing the Future by Jacque Fresco (ISBN 978-2-924024-13-3). The Venus Project, Inc., publisher.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual by Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach, and Doug Drexler. Simon & Schuster, publisher.
Star Trek Sticker Book by Michael and Denise Okuda, and Doug Drexler. Simon & Schuster, publisher.
2001-2011 Star Trek - Ships of the Line Calendar Editor and contributing artist. Simon & Schuster, publisher.
Books authored the ForewordTo Boldy Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Two by Gerald Gurian. Minkatek Press, publisher.
Star Trek: Captain's Chair, Simon & Schuster Interactive. The Star Trek Interactive Encyclopedia, Simon & Schuster Interactive.
Drexler has made a habit of making uncredited cameos in various projects during his career. Most notably in the film C.H.U.D as a police officer. He has appeared in numerous Star Trek episodes including The Next Generation as well as in the final episode of Enterprise. He also appears in the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. His other on-camera appearances have been in kitschy webseries and in a couple of Star Trek Fan Films. In May 2013 he played a holographic gunslinger in Pilgrim of Eternity, the first episode of the fan produced webseries Star Trek Continues.