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Dick Smith (II) (1922–2014)

Dick Smith was born on June 26, 1922 in Larchmont, New York, USA as Richard Emerson Smith. He is known for his work on The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Taxi Driver (1976). He was married to Jocelyn DeRosa. He died on July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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The Godfather
The Godfather Makeup Department
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part II Makeup Department
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver Makeup Department
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Makeup Department


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 1999 House on Haunted Hill (special makeup effects design)
 1993 Betrayal of the Dove (assistant hair - as Richard Smith) / (assistant makeup - as Richard Smith)
 1992 Forever Young (special makeup effects artist)
 1992 Death Becomes Her (makeup designer)
 1991 Golden Years (TV Series) (special makeup effects consultant - 2 episodes)
- Not on My Watch (1991) ... (special makeup effects consultant)
- Time and Time Again (1991) ... (special makeup effects consultant)
 1988-1991 Monsters (TV Series) (special effects makeup consultant - 72 episodes)
- The Moving Finger (1991) ... (special effects makeup consultant)
- The Maker (1991) ... (special effects makeup consultant)
- Hostile Takeover (1991) ... (special effects makeup consultant)
- Talk Nice to Me (1991) ... (special effects makeup consultant)
- Werewolf of Hollywood (1991) ... (special effects makeup consultant)
 1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (makeup effects consultant)
 1989 Dad (makeup artist: Jack Lemmon)
 1989 Sûîto Homu (special makeup effects)
 1988 Everybody's All-American (special makeup design)
 1988 Poltergeist III (special makeup consultant)
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... (makeup artist: Abraham Lincoln makeup)
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series) (special makeup effects artist: Abraham Lincoln makeup)
 1984 Starman (starman transformation)
 1984 Amadeus (makeup: old Salieri)
 1983 Spasms (special makeup effects artist)
 1983 The Hunger (makeup illusions)
 1981 Ghost Story (special makeup)
 1981 The Fan (special makeup effects)
 1981 Nighthawks (special make-up)
 1981 Scanners (special makeup effects consultant)
 1980 Altered States (special makeup)
 1978 The Deer Hunter (special makeup: Thailand)
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic (special makeup effects artist)
 1977 The Sentinel (special makeup)
 1976 Marathon Man (special makeup consultant)
 1976 Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1976 Taxi Driver (special makeup)
 1975/I The Sunshine Boys (makeup artist)
 1975 The Stepford Wives (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1974 The Godfather: Part II (makeup artist)
 1973 The Exorcist (makeup artist)
 1972 The Godfather (makeup)
 1970 Little Big Man (makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman)
 1970 House of Dark Shadows (special makeup effects artist)
 1969 Me, Natalie (makeup artist)
 1969 Midnight Cowboy (makeup consultant)
 1969 Arsenic and Old Lace (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1968 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie) (makeup artist: Mr. Palance)
 1967 Dark Shadows (TV Series) (makeup artist - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.351 (1967) ... (makeup artist)
- Episode #1.350 (1967) ... (makeup artist)
- Episode #1.349 (1967) ... (makeup artist)
 1967 Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! (TV Special documentary) (makeup artist)
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series) (makeup artist - 2 episodes)
- Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn (1966) ... (makeup artist)
 1965 Harvey Middleman, Fireman (makeup artist)
 1964 What a Way to Go! (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1964 The World of Henry Orient (makeup artist)
 1963 The Cardinal (makeup artist)
 1963 All the Way Home (makeup)
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Elegy (1962) ... (makeup artist)
 1962 Requiem for a Heavyweight (makeup artist - as Richard Smith)
 1961 Golden Showcase (TV Series) (special makeup effects artist - 1 episode)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1961) ... (special makeup effects artist)
  'Way Out (TV Series) (makeup artist - 3 episodes, 1961) (makeup designer - 1 episode, 1961) (makeup creator - 1 episode, 1961)
- Soft Focus (1961) ... (makeup artist)
- Death Wish (1961) ... (makeup artist)
- False Face (1961) ... (makeup designer)
- The Croaker (1961) ... (makeup artist)
- William and Mary (1961) ... (makeup creator)
  The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (makeup artist - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (makeup creator - 1 episode, 1960)
- Treasure Island (1960) ... (makeup creator)
- Ethan Frome (1960) ... (makeup artist)
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... (makeup artist)
 1959 Miracle on 34th Street (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1959 The Moon and Sixpence (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1959 The Alligator People (makeup artist)
 1959 Music with Mary Martin (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1958 From Hell to Texas (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1958 The Flame Barrier (makeup artist)
 1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.12 (1958) ... (makeup artist)
 1957 Twelfth Night (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1957 General Motors 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Victoria Regina (1957) ... (makeup artist)
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1955 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1952 Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- A Christmas Carol (1952) ... (makeup artist)
 1949-1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (makeup artist - 2 episodes)
- Bratt Farrar (1952) ... (makeup artist)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1949) ... (makeup artist)
 1951 Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- A Christmas Carol (1951) ... (makeup artist)
 1949 House of Strangers (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1948 The Iron Curtain (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1948 Great Catherine (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1948 Call Northside 777 (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1945 Captain Eddie (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1941 The Cowboy and the Blonde (makeup artist - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Richard E. Smith | Richard Smith


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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[on how to make wrinkles:] It's simple. We stipple a special latex formula on with a sponge, then while it's drying, we stretch the actor's own skin -- you know, maybe pull it up from the cheekbones. We use a hair dryer to dry the latex quickly and when we let go of the real skin, the face will be as wrinkled as a prune. If we want deeper wrinkles, we just add another layer of liquid latex. [New ... See more »


Television's first important make-up artist, Smith was make-up director for the National Broadcasting Company for fourteen years. He developed many new materials and shades of color and pioneered in such techniques as the use of foam latex and plastics in unusual quick changes for both color and black-and-white TV shows. Registered a Democrat, Smith was in charge of TV make-up for the Democratic ... See more »


The Godfather of Makeup

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