(written from a Production point of view)
John C. Vallone (23 June 1953 – 15 March 2004; age 50) was an art director on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, along with Joe Jennings and Leon Harris. All three of them shared an Academy Award nomination for their work on this film, along with production designer Harold Michelson and set decorator Linda DeScenna.
Vallone worked primarily as a production designer, particularly for director Walter Hill. He worked with Hill on the films Southern Comfort (1981, starring Keith Carradine, with cinematography by Andrew Laszlo), 48 Hrs. (1982, featuring Jonathan Banks and Denise Crosby), Streets of Fire (1984, featuring Ed Begley, Jr. and cinematography by Andrew Laszlo), Brewster's Millions (1985, starring Stephen Collins), and Red Heat (1988, with cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti).
Vallone worked on two projects directed by Star Trek: The Motion Picture effects artist Douglas Trumbull in 1983: the short film New Magic (starring Gerrit Graham, with cinematography by Jim Dickson) and the science fiction film Brainstorm (starring Louise Fletcher, with cinematography by Richard Yuricich and set decoration by Linda DeScenna and Tom Pedigo). In the 1990s, he worked with director Renny Harlin on the films Die Hard 2 (1990, featuring Robert Costanzo, Colm Meaney and William Sadler), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990, featuring Willie Garson), and Cliffhanger (1993, featuring Zach Grenier, Jeff McCarthy, Bruce McGill, and Paul Winfield).
Other films on which Vallone has worked include Commando (1985, with cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti), Predator (1987, on which he also served as associate producer), and Bad Boys (1995). His television work include the TV movies Dixie: Changing Habits (1983, featuring Robert Picardo), Shannon's Deal (1989, featuring Miguel Ferrer, Spencer Garrett and Stefan Gierasch), and Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002, starring Malcolm McDowell) and the television series Everwood.
Born in Philadelphia, Vallone studied at Carnegie Mellon University and New York University before embarking on a career in Hollywood. In 2004, Vallone was living in Park City, Utah, when he drowned in a hot tub at the age of 50.