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Motion picture production designer

Herman F. Zimmerman, American motion picture production designer. Member Society Motion Picture Art Directors, Directors Guild American.


Zimmerman, Herman F. was born on April 19, 1935 in Spingfield, Illinois, United States. Son of Herman and Linnie Belle (Buck) Zimmerman.


Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, 1957. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1958.


He is probably best known for his work on Star Trek. Zimmerman aspired to be an actor, and began by studying acting and directing at Northwestern University. He then changed his major to theatre production, in order to take an assistantship in technical theatre.

Zimmerman then became an Associate Professor of Drama at Northwestern University for 5 years, where he was a Technical Director and Scene Designer for the university's theatre. Zimmerman began working for NBC in 1965, as an assistant art director on Days of Our Lives. According to IMDb Zimmerman has worked on over 35 television series and movies.

Zimmerman has also worked on a project with the Institute for Creative Technologies in Southern California, called the "Experience Learning System", which was commissioned by the US Army. Star Trek Zimmerman began working in the Star Trek franchise when he was hired to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Zimmerman also worked on 6 of the Star Trek feature films.

The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. Zimmerman was also the art director for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, for which he received four Emmy nominations. Zimmerman's final work for the Star Trek franchise was the set of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Awards and nominations.


  • Zimmerman won the Art Directors Guild Awards 1996's Excellence in Production Design Award - Television for his work on Deep Space Nine. Zimmerman's first Emmy nomination, for the pilot episode, "Emissary", was shared with art director Randy McIlvain and set decorator Mickey S. Michaels. Zimmerman's next three nominations – for "Trials and Tribble-ations", "Far Beyond the Stars" and "Prodigal Daughter" – were shared with McIlvain and set decorator Laura Richarz.


  • Other Work

    • Production designer for films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscoverey Country, Star Trek: Generations, television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Emmy award nomination 1993). Producer, director series The Picture of Health talk/information show. Designer television programs Cheers, Webster, Black Rain, The Burning Bed, The Tonight Show, A Rumor of War, The Word, The Starmaker, others.


Member Society Motion Picture Art Directors, Directors Guild American.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: sailing.


Married Sandra J. Simmet, January 3, 1976. Children: Herman Fredrick, Buffeé Jeanine.

Herman Zimmerman

Linnie Belle (Buck) Zimmerman

Sandra J. Simmet

Herman Fredrick Zimmerman

Buffeé Jeanine Zimmerman