Tom Woodruff, Jr. is a special effects artist and actor who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film from Aliens onwards.
He was first an employee of Stan Winston, with whom he worked on Aliens and Predator; he received a small cameo in Aliens as one of the salvagers who rediscover Ellen Ripley at the beginning of the movie. In 1988, Woodruff, Jr. and co-worker Alec Gills left Winston and founded their own company, Amalgamated Dynamics. As Winston was unavailable to work in Alien3, he recommended Amalgamated Dynamics to the producers. There Woodruff, Jr. played a Xenomorph for the first time, as the Dragon. He then played the Lead Alien in Alien Resurrection, Grid in Alien vs. Predator, and the Predalien in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
Woodruff was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects in Alien3 (an award he later won for Death Becomes Her).