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Michael Ryan Baxter was the 2nd Second Assistant Director on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot episode "Emissary". He was also credited as Second Assistant Director on the first season episode "Dax". Baxter previously worked as second assistant director on several episodes of the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

For his contribution to DS9, Baxter's name was listed as a Fleet Ops official on the dedication plaque of the starship USS Defiant.

Baxter began as a DGA trainee on such films as Ghost Dad (1990, featuring Dakin Matthews and Eric Menyuk, with cinematography by Andrew Laszlo) and The Marrying Man (1991, featuring Don Keefer and Jeremy Roberts). He then served as 2nd Second Assistant Director on the hit Paramount Pictures comedy The Addams Family (1991, starring Christopher Lloyd and Carel Struycken).

Baxter moved to the camera and electrical department and worked as grip and rigging grip on the television science fiction film Suspect Device (1995), the drama Female Perversions (1996), the crime drama Black Rose of Harlem (1996), the television series The Secret World of Alex Mack (1995-1996), the horror sequel Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), and the comedy American Pie (1999).

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