“Star Trek” fans may never recognize Bill Blair but there’s a real good chance they’ve caught one of his numerous performances. In May 2011, Blair was listed as the Guinness World record holder in the category ‘most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career’ portraying more than 200 characters.
Blair will be one of the guests at the 2016 ConCarolinas which is returning to Embassy Suites Charlotte – Concord/Golf Resort & Spa, 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW, Concord. The convention runs June 3 through 5, 2016 and weekend passes are available. A three day pass is on sale for $30 per adult until Sept. 8. Children 10 and under are free. Visit here to purchase tickets.
Born and raised in Kent Ohio, Blair graduated Kent State University, in 1977 with a degree in telecommunications. But during college, Blair realized he wanted something else and embarked on a music career. In the early 1980’s he toured, as the leader of a band called Expression, but in 1982, after recovering from a serious injury, he moved to Chicago and shifted to a career in entertainment.
His first bit-part in a movie came in 1982 in an American Playhouse film titled “The Killing Floor.” By the following summer, Blair was landing featured bit-parts and stand-in work on several films. He got his first speaking role, in 1984, in the TV movie “The Impostor.”
In late 1984, Blair moved to Dallas. Over the next five years, he kept busy with print ads and industrial shows, and played his first alien character. He portrayed Mr. Spock in an industrial film at the Dallas Convention Center for the Oracle Software Company.
His first experience as an alien on television was in “Alien Nation,” after he met It started makeup designer Richard Snell, while filming “Demolition Man.” Since then, he has become one of those actors that seem to specialize in playing aliens from other worlds and of this world long ago.
Blair later worked on the hit series “Babylon 5” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Blair worked all five seasons of “Babylon 5” plus two TV movies for TNT, and multiple seasons on “Deep Space Nine.” In 1998, Blair worked on the season premiere episode of “Sliders.”
Blair also worked with his friend Peter Jurasik on three “Sliders” episodes in 1999. Since then, Blair has worked on many a TV series, including “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Enterprise,” “The X-Files,” “The Invisible Man,” “Drew Carey,” “Family Law,” “The District,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Providence,” “King of Queens,” “Will and Grace,” and the HBO series “Carnivale.”
As one of a special group of actors that has worked extensively on sci-fi, and fantasy/horror shows, Blair has many behind-the-scenes stories to share. Additionally, Blair has written a book titled “The Professionals Talent Handbook: The Guide to Getting Started” and he has appeared on the pages of TV Guide (July 5, 1997), and in the August 1998 issue of “Galactic Alliance.” Interviews with Blair can be found in such publications as the “International Star Trek Magazine,” and “TV Zone.”