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Daniel "Dan" Wallin is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-nominated music score mixer and sound re-recording mixer whose over five hundred films include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He mixed the scores for all three of these films, and also mixed Michael Giacchino's score for 2009's Star Trek.
Wallin has worked with Giacchino on many other projects. The two collaborated on Paramount Pictures' 2006 film Mission: Impossible III which, like Star Trek, was directed by J.J. Abrams. In addition, Wallin mixed Giacchino's score for the Abrams-created series Alias and currently works with Giacchino on Lost, co-created by Abrams and fellow Trek producer Damon Lindelof. Wallin and Giacchino's collaborations also include the Disney/Pixar films The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Disney's Sky High, and such video games as Call of Duty and Mercenaries.
Wallin's score and sound mixing career spans four decades. He collaborated on the soundtracks for such classic motion pictures as Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke, The Wild Bunch, THX 1138, Dirty Harry, Enter the Dragon, Blazing Saddles, Truck Turner (starring Nichelle Nichols), Young Frankenstein (starring Teri Garr), Nashville (starring Keith Carradine, Robert DoQui, Henry Gibson, and Bert Remsen), All the President's Men, Saturday Night Fever, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (starring Leonard Nimoy), and Time After Time (directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Malcolm McDowell and David Warner). Wallin earned a 1970 Academy Award nomination for Best Sound for his work on the musical documentary Woodstock, and received a second nomination for the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born. The latter nomination was shared with Star Trek: The Motion Picture sound mixer Tom Overton.
Some of Wallin's more recent film credits include Airplane!, 48 Hrs (featuring Denise Crosby), The Right Stuff, Terms of Endearment, Police Academy, The Karate Kid, Out of Africa, Good Morning, Vietnam, Leonard Nimoy's The Good Mother, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Robocop 2, The Fugitive, Mrs. Doubtfire, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Insider, Charlie's Angels, Miss Congeniality (starring William Shatner), Ali (featuring LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Bruce McGill), Seabiscuit, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (starring John Cho), and Rocky Balboa.
Wallin has worked on many television projects, as well. He mixed the scores for the venerable 1977 mini-series Roots (which starred LeVar Burton, John Schuck, Madge Sinclair, and Ben Vereen) and for such noted TV movies as Eleanor and Franklin, Sybil, and Nicholas Meyers' The Day After (featuring Bibi Besch). He more recently worked on TV movies such as Citizen Cohn and Gotti, both of which earned him nominations from the Emmy Awards.