Top ten Makeup FX artists

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Jack P. Pierce
Makeup Department, Mister Ed
As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts triumph and tragedy...
“ The artist behind all of Universal Studios classic monsters, the most iconic monsters all time. The Frankenstein monster, The mummy, The Wolf man, The bride of Frankenstein, Island of lost souls, Dracula. ” - Stompgodzilla
Dick Smith
Makeup Department, The Godfather
“ The man behind one of the scariest makeups ever, that of Regan from the Exorcist. Smith really is the godfather of modern movie makeup and certainly responsible for the greatest old age makeups ever. So convincing are his old aged makeups that I actually thought that Max Von Sydow was really that old for the longest time. The man is also responsible for teaching most of the great make-up artists working today. I used to have one of his books when I was a kid and I would say that I wouldn't be the same today without him. ” - Stompgodzilla
Rick Baker
Makeup Department, Men in Black
“ The greatest make-up artist working today. Where to even begin? An American werewolf in london, the greatest monster transformation ever put to film and a really cool werewolf design to boot...Harry from Harry and the Hendersons, the awesome ape makeup from Tim Burton's otherwise crappy Planet of the apes movies, A wonderful reimagining of the wolf man, Turning Robert Downey Jr into a black man, making Eddie Murphy Believably fat on multiple occasions, Michael Jackson's thriller, Turning Martin Landeu into Bela Lugosi. The Man is a living legend. ” - Stompgodzilla
Rob Bottin
Makeup Department, Fight Club
“ Responsible for the awesome Effects in John Carpenter's The thing, The Fog, The nifty werewolves In the Howling, Turning Tim Curry into a devil. I always wondered what happened to him. He's one of the best. ” - Stompgodzilla
John Chambers
Makeup Department, Star Trek
John Chambers worked out of his home in a blue collar neighborhood in Burbank, California, just a few short blocks from Disney Studios, (actually, his garage transformed into a makeup lab) where the likes of Lana Turner could be found sitting for a set of teeth, Howard Keel getting a fitting for an Indianesque nose...
“ Created the iconic Apes from the original Planet of the apes movies. ” - Stompgodzilla
Roy Ashton
Makeup Department, War and Remembrance
Australian-born Roy Ashton was the man behind Hammer's most famous monsters of the 1960's. In Britain from 1932, he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in London, and then spent five years with Gaumont British under the tutelage of a German make-up artist from Ufa. In 1942, Ashton qualified for a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music...
“ Did the make-up for the majority of The Hammer horror films. Using very little and working on a very small budget, He managed to create some great creatures. His crowning achievement would have to be the Werewolf from Curse of the werewolf. ” - Stompgodzilla
Lon Chaney
Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame...
“ The legendary silent film star who did his own makeup. Everything that he did was incredible. He wasn't called the man of a thousand faces for nothing. His Phantom of the Opera makeup is still chilling to look at. ” - Stompgodzilla
Greg Nicotero
Makeup Department, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Gifted SFX and make-up wizard, who learned his trade under the watchful eye of SFX splatter guru Tom Savini. Nicotero and buddies, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman started KNB Efx Group in 1988 and the group has provided eye-popping & jaw dropping special effects for major Hollywood releases including The Green Mile, Vanilla Sky, Sin City and Land of the Dead.
“ All of the guys from KNB are awesome, however Greg Nicotero is my favorite. He comes from the Tom Savini of makeup, but I really think that he's surpassed him over the years. Greg's current work on The Walking dead is fantastic. ” - Stompgodzilla
Tom Savini
Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces, a young Tom Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat photographer in Vietnam, Savini saw first-hand the gruesome carnage for which he later gained fame, simulating it on screen.
“ The king of splatter make-up. He's fantastic at what he does and would be higher on the list if he had actually created more creature effects, which I find more impressive than the splatter stuff. However, he really is the best at what he does. In my opinion, his best work was in Creepshow, where he actually got to create some really awesome creatures. ” - Stompgodzilla
“ Created the most disgusting looking zombies ever in various Italian horror films. He really is the master at creating really appalling and ghastly effects. ” - Stompgodzilla