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2018 Primtime Emmy Award Winner

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series

(Non-Prosthetic) Westworld (2016)

1997 Primetime Emmy Nominee

Outstanding Makeup for a Series
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)

1994 Primetime Emmy Nominee

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special
And the Band Played On (1993)

2017 Saturn Award Nominee

Best Make-Up
Suicide Squad (2016)

1995 CableACE Award Nominee

And the Band Played On (1993)

2020 Artisan Award Nominee

Best Makeup - Children and Teen Programming
All That (2019)

2019 Artisan Award Nominee

Best Contemporary Makeup - Television and New Media Series
Westworld (2016)

Best Period and/or Character Makeup - Television and New Media Series
Westworld (2016)

2015 Artisan Award Nominee

Best Contemporary Makeup - Feature Films
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

2000 Local 706 Awards Nominee

Best Contemporary Makeup - Feature
Three Kings (1999)


Apone's love of film began when he was nine years old. His family moved to Culver City, and the back lots of MGM and Desilu became his playgrounds. Career aspirations in film development in high school, where he and his friends made amateur movies. He worked as a production assistant on his first film soon after graduating. He continued working on independent projects, finally becoming a field producer with Bill Burrud Productions, which did travel logs for American Express. Later he became a purchasing agent in the hobby craft field with Western Trimming. From there he moved into his career in special effects and makeup.

A multi-award nominated makeup artist. Apone, who also has excellent financial and organizational skills, co-produced three projects with actor Tom Berenger's production company, 1st Corps Endeavors, from 1994 to 1997. The projects included the award-winning mini-series Rough Riders, the TNT telefilm Avenging Angel and the feature film An Occasional Hell.

He is president and CEO of Makeup & Effects Laboratories (MEL), a special effects makeup facility, he opened in 1979 after an apprenticeship with Burman Studios as well as being mentored by Academy Award winning special effects wizard, Stan Winston. MEL, Inc. has grown from 500 square feet to over 20,000 square feet, which has provided special effects elements on over 145 films and 25 television shows since its inception. Recent film projects include Westworld, Divergent, Django Unchained, The Last Thing He Wanted, Den of Thieves, Captain America; Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Killing Reagan, 22 Jump Street. Suicide Squad. In 2012 he started Mel Products, a specialty makeup line that is used by the majority of film and television productions as well as makeup effects and Halloween hobbyists all over the world.

Apone has served as a makeup artist on over 170 films and 150 television episodes throughout his career. He has been the personal makeup artist Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, Chris Evans, Gerard Butler, Tom Berringer, Sir Ben Kingsley to name a few. A member of Makeup and Hairstylist Local 706 for over 20 years, he has been nominated for his achievement in makeup by the Emmys in 1993, 1994 and 1997 and 2018 for Westworld. he was nominated Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild for his work on Three Kings and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Apone is a member of both the Television Academy as well as the Motion Picture Academy. He resides in Newhall, California and has two children.

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