(written from a Production point of view)
Wesley "Wes" Dawn (18 December 1938 – 21 August 1990; age 51) was a makeup artist who worked on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. For Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, he shared a Saturn Award nomination for Best Make-Up in 1987 with fellow makeup artists Jeff Dawn and James Lee McCoy. He was a brother of Star Trek: The Original Series makeup artist Robert Dawn and uncle of Jeff Dawn.
Born as John Wesley Dawn in Los Angeles, California, as the son of legendary make-up artist Jack Dawn, he started his career in the entertainment industry in the early '70s with credits as make-up artist in the drama Adam at Six A.M. (1970), the drama The Baby Maker (1970), the thriller Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974), the crime drama Sweet Revenge (1976), the horror film Carrie (1976), the comedy Up in Smoke (1978), and the television drama The Gift (1979).
Beside his work behind the cameras he performed stunts as a Jaguar Team member in the 1976 comedy The Gumball Rally (with Michael Sarrazin, Tricia O'Neil, and Eddy Donno), as Peters in the television drama The President's Mistress (1978, with Thalmus Rasulala, Gail Strickland, Michael Bell, Biff Yeager, and Jason Wingreen), and as a L.A.P.D. Officer in the 1985 thriller Into the Night (with John Hostetter, Viola Stimpson, Bruce McGill, and Eddy Donno).
Further credits in the makeup department include the television drama Stunts Unlimited (1980, along with hair stylist Silvia Abascal), the drama Urban Cowboy (1980, with Silvia Abascal and Susan Zietlow-Maust), the comedy Young Doctors in Love (1982, along with James Kail and Shirley Crawford), the action drama Red Dawn (1984), the television drama Baby M (1988, with Hazel Catmull), the action thriller Die Hard (1988), the thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990), and the action film Flight of the Intruder (1991, along Jeff Dawn).
In 1989, Dawn was part of the makeup crew which earned two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special for the drama War and Rememberance and shared these nominations with fellow Trek artists Thomas R. Burman, Bari Burman, and James Kail. The last movie Dawn worked on, the action thriller Point Break (1991, starring Lori Petty), was dedicated to him. Dawn passed away in Los Angeles, California in 1990.