(written from a Production point of view)
James Lee McCoy is a makeup artist who worked on the three Star Trek films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He received two Saturn Award nominations in the category Best Make-Up in 1983 for his work on Star Trek II, shared with Werner Keppler, and in 1987 for his work on Star Trek IV, shared with Jeff Dawn and Wes Dawn.
McCoy previously received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1974 in the category Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for his work on the television drama Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John. Other early credits, mostly as Jim McCoy, include the drama Change of Habit (1969), the drama MacArthur (1977, directed by Joseph Sargent), the horror film The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977, working with Thomas R. Burman, Edouard F. Henriques, John Chambers, and Dione Taylor), the action drama Convoy (1978, co-starring Madge Sinclair and Seymour Cassel), the television comedy You Can't Take It with You (1979, with Mark Bussan and Hazel Catmull), the musical Can't Stop the Music (1980), the television thriller Word of Honor (1981), and the comedy Stripes (1981, working with hair stylist Carol A. O'Connell).
Between 1982 and 1986, McCoy worked as makeup artist on the television series T.J. Hooker starring William Shatner, James Darren, and Richard Herd. He worked again with Carol A. O'Connell and Dione Taylor as well as with Norma Lee and Janice Alexander. Following his work on T.J. Hooker and Star Trek, McCoy provided makeup work on the science fiction film The Running Man (1987, working with Jeff Dawn, Steve LaPorte, and Richard Snell), the crime drama Colors (1988), the crime drama An Innocent Man (1989), the fantasy drama Always (1989, working with Dione Taylor and Carolyn Elias), the horror film Arachnophobia (1990), the action film One Good Cop (1991), the crime drama In the Line of Fire (1993), the crime thriller A Perfect World (1993), the science fiction drama Waterworld (1995), the comedy The Birdcage (1996), the romance Tin Cup (1996), and the drama True Crime (1999).
Betwen 1996 and 2001, McCoy worked as key makeup artist on the six seasons of the television series Nash Bridges which featured Trek performers Caroline Lagerfelt, Mary Mara, Daniel Roebuck, Cress Williams, Tracey Walter, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in recurring roles. His last known work was the short video documentary Dirty Harry: The Original in 2001.