(written from a Production point of view)
James R. "Jim" Alexander was an Academy Award-nominated production sound mixer who worked on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in late 1981 and early 1982. He frequently worked with filmmaker John Hughes during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Alexander has accumulated more a hundred film and television credits over a period of 23 years. One of his earliest credits was the acclaimed 1971 science fiction film The Andromeda Strain, on which he worked with director Robert Wise. Wise went on to direct Star Trek: The Motion Picture eight years later.
Alexander was nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Sound category for his work on the films Coal Miner's Daughter (1980, featuring set decoration by John M. Dwyer) and Terms of Endearment (1983, featuring art direction by Harold Michelson). He also received a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards for Coal Miner's Daughter.
His work for John Hughes includes Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986, starring Alan Ruck), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Home Alone (1990), and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Alexander also teamed up with director Michael Ritchie on the films Fletch (1985), The Golden Child (1986), Wildcats (1986), and Fletch Lives (1989).
Alexander's other film credits include Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972, starring Rene Auberjonois), Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Jaws 2 (1978), Heartbeeps (1981), Murphy's Romance (1985), Midnight Run (1988), and Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1991). His television work includes series such as Night Gallery, Kojak, Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, P.I., and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and TV movies such as 1972's The Hound of the Baskervilles (starring William Shatner and Anthony Zerbe) and several entries in the Columbo series.