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Kevin Pike (born 9 May 1951; age 71) is a special and visual effects artist who worked on three Star Trek films and on Star Trek: Enterprise. He first worked as custom props special effects artist on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 and in 1982 as special effects artist on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In 1998, Pike worked as visual effects pyrotechnician on Star Trek: Insurrection and in 2005 as special effects technician on the Star Trek: Enterprise fourth season episodes "In a Mirror, Darkly" and "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II". He received no credit for his work.
Pike made his start into the business by working as laborer and painter on Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws in 1975. He also worked in the special effects department on the sharks. Grant McCune worked as model maker on this film. He then worked as special effects assistant and technician and propmaker on the television series When Things Were Rotten (1975), Barbary Coast (1975, starring William Shatner), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1975), Holmes and Yoyo (1976), Kojak (1976), The Rockford Files (1976, with property master Craig Binkley), Sara (1976), The Bionic Woman (1977), McMillan and Wife (1977), Lanigan's Rabbi (1977), Rosetti & Ryan (1977), Testimony of Two Men (1977), The Incredible Hulk (1977, with Ted Koerner), Salvage 1 (1979), Laverne & Shirley (1979), From Here to Eternity (1979, with Ted Koerner), The Secret Empire (1979), and Time Express (1979).
His film work as special effects technician include the action comedy The Big Bus (1976, with Bob Dawson), the comedy Car Wash (1976), the drama Islands in the Stream (1977, with Alex Weldon), the horror film Embryo (1976), the comedy Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), the action comedy Swashbuckler (1976, with Ted Koerner), the action film The Car (1977, with Ted Koerner), the drama Heroes (1977), the science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, with Bob Baker, Ted Koerner, and Robert Short), the sequel Jaws 2 (1978), the television science fiction movie The Clone Master (1978, written and produced by John D.F. Black), the television comedy Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978), the comedy Love at First Bite (1979), the action comedy The In-Laws (1979), the Western comedy The Frisco Kid (1979), the science fiction drama Time After Time (1979, directed by Nicholas Meyer), and the war comedy 1941 (1979).
In the 1980s, Pike worked as special effects artist on the action drama When Time Ran Out... (1980, with Joseph A. Unsinn), the science fiction thriller Altered States (1980, with Ted Koerner), the science fiction comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981, with David P. Kelsey and Robert Cole), the television comedy The Munsters' Revenge (1981), the drama All Night Long (1981), the science fiction film Escape from New York (1981), the comedy Bustin' Loose (1981), the science fiction comedy Heartbeeps (1981, with Michael Lantieri and Bill Taylor), the comedy Partners (1982), the television series The Quest (1982), the comedy Smorgasbord (1983), the science fiction sequel Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), the horror film Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983, with Thaine Morris), the thriller Suburbia (1983), the television mini-series The Winds of War (1983), the action sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), the science fiction film City Limits (1984, with R.J. Hohman), the drama Mrs. Soffel (1984), the science fiction thriller Warning Sign (1985), the fantasy short Captain EO (1986, with John Palmer, Brick Price, and Harold Weed), the music drama La Bamba (1987), the fantasy film Moonwalker (1988, with John Palmer, Brick Price, and Burt Dalton), the comedy Heathers (1989, with Marty Bresin), the crime comedy Weekend at Bernie's (1989), the comedy Little Monsters (1989, with Roland Blancaflor, David W. Mosher, and William Purcell), and the comic adaptation The Punisher (1989).
His work on the science fiction comedy Back to the Future earned him a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in the category Best Special Effects in 1986. The film starred Christopher Lloyd, featured Ivy Bethune, Jeff O'Haco, Sachi Parker, and Arthur Tovey, and had special effects by Richard Chronister, Crit Killen, and Ted Koerner. Also in 1986, Pike earned a BAFTA Film Award nomination in the category Best Special Visual Effects for Back to the Future which he shared with Ken Ralston. In 1990, he received another Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Special Effects for his work on Moonwalker which he shared with Hoyt Yeatman.
Between 1994 and 1995, Pike worked as special effects supervisor on the short-lived science fiction series Earth 2. He also worked as second unit director on the episodes "First Contact" and "Lessons". For the pilot episode, Pike won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Visual Effect in 1995 which he shared with Daniel J. Lombardo and Tim Landry. The series starred Clancy Brown, John Gegenhuber, and Tierre Turner with guest stars Terry O'Quinn, Michael Reilly Burke, Tim Ransom, Lilyan Chauvin, Jeff Kober, Christopher Neame, and Virginia Madsen.
Other projects Pike worked on in the 1990s, mostly as special effects supervisor, include the fantasy film Hook (1991), the comedy Beethoven (1992), the science fiction film Jurassic Park (1993), the comedy The Flintstones (1994, with Joe Colwell, Jake Garber, Michael Lantieri, Brian Tipton, and Harold Weed), the drama Ed Wood (1994, with Eric Swenson), the science fiction thriller The Puppet Masters (1994, with Roland Blancaflor, Greg Cannom, David Sosalla, Larry Odien, and Keith VanderLaan), the thriller Eye for an Eye (1996), the drama Fight Club (1999), the television drama A Season for Miracles (1999), and the television series Sparks (1996-1997), The Good News (1998), For Your Love (1998), Malcolm & Eddie (1998), Brimstone (1998), Jesse (1998), and Judging Amy (1999).
Further credits as special effects supervisor include the television series Jack & Jill (2000), Friends (2000), The Norm Show (2000), Nikki (2000, starring Nikki Cox), The Drew Carey Show (1999 and 2001, starring Diedrich Bader), Black Scorpion (2001), Will & Grace (2002), Family Affair (2003), Still Standing (2003), The O'Keefes (2003), Just Shoot Me! (2003), Whoopi (2003, starring Whoopi Goldberg), Happy Family (2004, starring John Larroquette), Good Girls Don't... (2004), Medical Investigation (2005, starring Neal McDonough), Everybody Loves Raymond (2005), The Closer (2005), Phil of the Future (2006), Cold Case (2005-2006), Two and a Half Men (2006), The Class (2006), Crumbs (2006), Notes from the Underbelly (2007), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2008), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2009), Eastwick (2009), Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2009), Accidentally on Purpose (2009), Gary Unmarried (2009), The Middle (2009-2010), Greek (2010), True Jackson, VP (2009-2010), and 100 Questions (2010), the horror sequel Scream 3 (2000), the comedy sequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), the sequel Jurassic Park III (2001), the drama The Affair of the Necklace (2001), the television comedy Hench at Home (2003), the action thriller Mojave (2004), the comic adaptation Fantastic Four (2005), and the horror film Feast (2005).
Today, Pike works as a screenwriting consultant.