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Patricio Guzman, credited as Pato Guzman (10 September 19332 January 1991; age 57), was Star Trek's very first production designer in 1964. Before working on Star Trek, Guzman, a friend of Desi Arnaz, was set designer on Desilu's I Love Lucy.

As Star Trek's production designer, Guzman was tasked with creating the look of the futuristic setting of Star Trek from scratch. With a lot of input from Gene Roddenberry and several outside advisors, Guzman designed the interior sets for "The Cage", and also did preliminary work on the Enterprise's exterior and bridge (the bridge and the Enterprise herself were largely assigned to Matt Jefferies, a 'regular' set designer at that time). A few of Guzman's sketches were reproduced in The Art of Star Trek in 1997.

Guzman left the series around October 1964 to return to his native Chile for a year, before the first pilot began filming. He was replaced by art director Franz Bachelin, and ultimately by Matt Jefferies, when Bachelin left as well after "The Cage".

After returning to America, Guzman worked on the Paramount Pictures film The President's Analyst. This was followed by the Warner Bros. comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, which marked the film debut of Leigh Taylor-Young. A later notable film Guzman designed was the popular 1979 comedy The In-Laws, which featured Ed Begley, Jr., Rosana DeSoto, and Richard Libertini.

Guzman worked primarily with director Paul Mazursky. Among the Mazursky films on which Guzman worked were Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969, featuring Celeste Yarnall), Alex in Wonderland (1970), An Unmarried Woman (1978, featuring Vincent Schiavelli), Tempest (1982, featuring Jerry Hardin), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986, featuring Darryl Henriques and Irene Tsu), and Scenes from a Mall (1991). He even became a co-producer on some of Mazursky's films.

Pato Guzman died in Santiago, Chile, in 1991 following a brief illness. He was 57 years old.

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