(written from a Production point of view)
Robert "Bob" Smithson is a makeup artist who appeared as a Klingon officer in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second season episode "A Matter Of Honor" and as a holographic Klingon in the second season episode "The Icarus Factor" in 1989. Smithson is the brother of fellow makeup and Trek artist Mike Smithson.
Smithson started his career as production assistant on the science fiction film The Blob (1988) and on the fantasy film Moonwalker (1988). He then worked for the special effects company Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc. as special effects artist on the mystery drama The Abyss (1989), the horror film Night Angel (1990, with Bernd Rantscheff), the science fiction film Darkman (1990), and the television series Monsters (1989-1990, with Brian Wade).
Following work as production assistant in the special makeup effects department on the fantasy sequel Gremlins II: The New Batch (1990) and the science fiction film Scanners II: The New Order (1991, with Mike Smithson and Roxy D'Alonzo), he specialized in creating and applying contact lenses.
As contact lens technician he worked on the television series String Medicine (2005, with Belinda Bryant), Nip/Tuck (2006, with Debbie Zoller), Thick and Thin (2006), Night Stalker (2005-2006, with Roxy D'Alonzo and Lygia Orta), Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007, with Clinton Wayne), Moonlight (2008, with Francine Shermaine), Dexter (2008), and Cold Case (2006-2009, with Louisa V. Anthony and Belinda Bryant). Film work includes the horror thriller Venom (2005, with Ed French, Brad Look, and Joe Podnar), the fantasy comedy Click (2006, with Clinton Wayne and Derik Wingo), the horror comedy Hood of Horror (2006, with Don Lanning and Mark Shostrom), the fantasy drama The Prestige (2006, with Terry Baliel and Kenny Myers), the horror thriller Driftwood (2006), the superhero sequel Spider-Man 3 (2007, with Cristina Patterson Ceret, Adam Brandy, Mike Smithson, Michael F. Blake, and Andy Clement), the horror film sequel Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), the science fiction thriller I Am Legend (2007, with Greg Solomon, Jamie Kelman, and Barry R. Koper), the thriller The Eye (2008, with Richard Redlefsen and Clinton Wayne), and the adventure The Legends of Nethiah (2011).