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Ellis "Sonny" Burman, Jr. is a make-up and special effects make-up artist who worked on several Star Trek television series and feature films. He was also credited as Ellis Burman and Sonny Burman.

Burman's father, Ellis Burman, worked as technician in the make-up and special effects department. His uncle Thomas R. Burman worked with his company Burman Studio on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and is married to make-up artist Bari Burman. Burman's cousins Barney Burman and Rob Burman worked also on several Star Trek projects, most recently 2009's Star Trek. The name S. Burman appeared on the dedication plague of the Enterprise NX-01 in several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise and was named after him, Sonny Burman.

During his time on Star Trek, Burman earned seven Emmy Award nominations and wins for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series/ Outstanding Makeup for a Series:

In addition to his Emmy Award nominations Burman received two Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award nominations; in 2000 for Best Special Effects Makeup - Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) for the Voyager episode "Dark Frontier", shared with Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, and James Rohland, and in 2001 for Best Period Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) for the Voyager episode "Fair Haven", shared with Michael Westmore, Suzanne Diaz, Tina Hoffman, James Rohland, Scott Wheeler, and Natalie Wood.

Before Burman started his work on Star Trek, he earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup in 1973 for the television horror film Gargoyles which he shared with Del Armstrong and Stan Winston. He was a special effects make-up artist on the drama Soldier Blue (1970) and make-up artist on the first season of the comedy series All in the Family (1971-1972). Further credits include the documentary National Geographic Specials (1973), the documentary Up from the Ape (1974, which featured Anthony Zerbe and make-up artists Thomas R. Burman, Werner Keppler, and John Chambers), the horror film The Devil's Rain (1975), the science fiction film The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), the horror film Empire of the Ants (1977, starring Joan Collins and Robert Lansing), the comedy Matilda (1978, with hair stylist Lola McNalley), and the horror film Prophecy (1979), on which he worked with Thomas R. Burman, Allan A. Apone, and Edouard F. Henriques.

He provided the "Wookie family" costumes for the 1978 television special The Star Wars Holiday Special , which featured Trek performers Mickey Morton, Lev Mailer, and Patty Maloney, and hair stylist Silvia Abascal and worked as a special effects make-up artist on the comedy Popeye (1980), the horror film One Dark Night (1983), the science fiction films Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Starman (1984), and The Terminator (1984), and the horror comedy Transylvania 6-5000 (1985).

Among his latest make-up assignments beside his work in the Star Trek franchise were the science fiction comedy Back to the Future Part II (1989) and its sequel Back to the Future Part III (1990), both starring Christopher Lloyd, the thriller Outbreak (1995), and several episodes of the television series Father Dowling Mysteries (1991) and Alien Nation (1990). The latter one starred Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, and Gary Graham as well as Trek make-up and hair artists Richard Snell, Edouard F. Henriques, William Howard, and Katalin Elek.

Star Trek credits

(This list is currently incomplete. The following are the episodes in which Burman received on-screen credit as make-up artist. Note that the make-up credits were in a rotation, meaning that he also worked on episodes in which he was not credited.)

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