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Jerry Bono (27 December 194131 August 2007; age 65) worked as a key costumer on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He joined The Next Generation in its fifth season, first receiving on-screen credit in "Darmok". He began working on the sixth season, as well, but left after "Realm of Fear" (the second episode of the season) to work on Deep Space Nine, on which he remained for all seven seasons.

Homage was paid to Bono near the end of the 2018 documentary What We Left Behind from former Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr.


Bono was born and raised in southwestern Illinois and trained as an actor at the Pasadena Playhouse. Drafted into the US Army shortly after completing his studies at the Playhouse, Bono arranged and performed in a number of plays for the Army while serving in the Panama Canal Zone. Following his stint in the military, Bono's work at a Hollywood clothing store landed him a job in the wardrobe department of a Star Trek holiday special, leading to a wardrobe career in film and television.

In addition to his work on Star Trek, Bono was a costumer on such television series such as B.J. and the Bear, Voyagers!, and Airwolf. He later worked as men's costumer on the 1991 television movie Switched at Birth and was a costumer on films such as The Vanishing, Speechless, and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (the latter of which starred Whoopi Goldberg). He also served as the first Vice President of the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates' executive board.

Bono died in Sherman Oaks, California, on 31 August 2007. He was 65 years old.

Star Trek credits

The following are the episodes in which Bono received on-screen credit as key costumer. Note that the costumer credits were in a weekly rotation, meaning that Bono also worked on episodes in which he was not credited.

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