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Herman Zimmerman

Birth name: Herman Fritz Zimmerman
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 19 April 1935
Awards for Trek: 4 Emmy nominations
Roles: Production Designer, Star Trek author

Herman Fritz Zimmerman (born 19 April 1935; age 79) is an Art Director and Production Designer who worked between 1987 and 2005 on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and six Star Trek films. Together with Rick Sternbach he designed the space station Deep Space 9, with John Eaves the USS Enterprise-B and the USS Enterprise-E, and the Ten Forward set.

His work on Star Trek earned him four Emmy Award nominations in the category Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, coincidently all for Deep Space Nine episodes. His work on that series did win him the 1996 ADG Excellence in Production Design Award, which he shared with Art Director Randall McIlvain.

Zimmerman is the father of Deep Space Nine and Enterprise set designer Fritz Zimmerman III, conceptualized and oversaw the design of Star Trek-themed attractions, respectively, the Star Trek: The Exhibition (1995), and Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas as part of the Special Entertainment Events crew (1998), and was interviewed for the 1995 documentary The Science of Star Trek, wrote an introduction for the 1995 reference book The Art of Star Trek, and co-wrote the 1998 reference book Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

Picard ancestor (Zimmerman)

Zimmerman and his father as Jean-Luc Picard's ancestors

During the run of Star Trek, Zimmerman was often referenced on screen, including

Zimmerman studied acting and directing at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois but changed his major to Theatre Production. He worked as associate professor of drama, technical director, and scene designer at the Northwestern University prior to his move to Los Angeles. In 1965 he started to work as assistant art director for the daily soap Days of Our Lives, followed by occupations as set decorator on the talk show Della in 1969.

Zimmerman on bridge

Zimmerman on the completed USS Enterprise-D bridge set

Between 1971 and 1989 he worked as art director on the television series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1975), The Lost Saucer (1975), Far Out Space Nuts (1975-1977), Land of the Lost (1974-1976), Tales of the Unexpected (1977), The New Odd Couple (1982-1983), Cheers (1984-1986, starring Kirstie Alley), and Brothers (1984-1986, starring Hallie Todd). Feature film credits include the mystery thriller The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971), the television drama The Girl Called Hatter Fox (1977, starring Ronny Cox), the drama Deadman's Curve (1978, with Bruce Davison), the horror film Death Moon (1978, starring Robert Foxworth), the war drama A Rumor of War (1980), the drama Twirl (1981), the television special The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983), the thriller Through Naked Eyes (1983, with David Soul), the television drama Silence of the Heart (1984, with Mariette Hartley), and Ridley Scott's thriller Black Rain (1989).

Prior to his involvement with Star Trek, Zimmerman worked as production designer on the television drama The Burning Bed (1984), the comedy Better Off Dead... (1985, with David Ogden Stiers and Kim Darby), the comedy One Crazy Summer (1986), and the comedy series The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986-1987). During his time on Star Trek he also worked on the family comedy All I Want for Christmas (1991) and the western television series Legend (1995, with John de Lancie).

Star Trek credits

(This list is currently incomplete.)

Emmy Award Nominations

  • 1993 for the episode DS9: "Emissary" as "Production Designer" in the category "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series", shared with Randall McIlvain, Art Director; and Mickey S. Michaels, Set Decorator
  • 1997 for the episode DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations" as "Production Designer" in the category "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series", shared with Randall McIlvain, Art Director; and Laura Richarz, Set Decorator
  • 1998 for the episode DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars" as "Production Designer" in the category "Outstanding Art Direction for a Series", shared with Randall McIlvain, Art Director; and Laura Richarz, Set Decorator
  • 1999 for the episode DS9: "Prodigal Daughter" as "Production Designer" in the category "Outstanding Art Direction for a Series", shared with Randall McIlvain, Art Director; and Laura Richarz, Set Decorator

Star Trek interviews

(This list is currently incomplete.)

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