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It is with great sadness for Thn to report that movie make-up master Dick Smith has died aged 92 years. Smith is most known for his groundbreaking old-age make-up techniques seen in many classics such as The Exorcist and The Hunger.
An inspiration to many artists including Rick Baker and Tom Savini, Smith’s techniques are still being used by artists today. He was the pioneer is using foam latex and plastics for effects as well as transitioning make-up from black and white to colour. His most famous technique is being the stretching the skin with latex to create the illusion of wrinkles.
- Lucinda Holt
Official Synopsis - The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. . Interstellar - Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released »
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters »
This morning news broke of the death of Rick Smith, the famed makeup artist behind The Exorcist, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. We spoke to director Guillermo del Toro, a close friend and colleague of Smith's, and condensed and edited his comments into this as-told-to piece. Without Dick Smith, I would not be making movies. He was my mentor. The first time I came into contact with him was as a child. When The Exorcist came out, I bought his makeup kit (below) in a toy store. It came with gelatin and molds and colors, and I did my own makeup effects at a very young age. It wasn’t until later that I actually wrote to Dick, explaining to him how much I needed to take his makeup-effects course because no one in Mexico was going to help me do effects for my first feature, »
- Gilbert Cruz
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather, has died following a long illness. He was 92, USA Today reports.
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Just yesterday I wrote about, and talked to a handful of, the many craftspeople who quite simply make the movies tick. Well, today we have lost a legend in that fray: makeup artist Dick Smith has left us. I sometimes wish I had grown up like some of my older colleagues, reading magazines like Monster Movie Handbook and Famous Monsters of Filmland. But they had pretty much run their course by the time I ended up in the picture. Smith's contributions to those volumes opened the eyes of countless movie fans, and one of them even went on to be a legend in the field in his own right: 7-time Oscar winner Rick Baker. "I could tell it wasn’t just a job with him, it was passion," Baker said of Smith's articles in those magazines at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. "I wrote him a letter at 18 and enclosed photos of makeups I’d done. »
- Kristopher Tapley
There are few names in the make-up field as well known and respected as Dick Smith, a true pioneer who will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. We're very sad to report today that Smith has passed away, leaving behind a body of work that will endure until the end of time.
The sad news was broken earlier today by Smith's former apprentice Rick Baker, who confirmed that the "Godfather of Make-Up" lost a long battle with an unrevealed illness yesterday at the age of 92.
- John Squires
Rick Baker made the announcement via Twitter early this morning:
“The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.”
Born in 1922, Richard Emerson “Dick” Smith was the master behind a multitude of iconic makeup effects. He began his makeup career in television in the 1940′s before later expanding to the world of film. Smith made memorable movie transformations possible with his innovative makeup applications and styles in a plethora of projects, including The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), and Scanners (1981), to name just a few of many.
- Derek Anderson
Years ago, I asked The Walking Dead’s zombie makeup maestro Greg Nicotero for his fake blood recipe. He said, “I’ve always based my blood on Dick Smith’s formula. His blood has always been the staple of the industry. It’s one of those things where if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup effects legend behind The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, who passed away on July 30 at age 92, was more than just Hollywood’s sanguine Colonel Sanders with a secret recipe for plasma that became a cinematic standard. He was »
- Chris Nashawaty
Dick Smith, widely regarded as one of the all-time great Hollywood makeup artists, has passed away at age 92. Among his crowning achievements: designing the makeup for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather", Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" , an ancient Dustin Hoffman in "Little Big Man" and F. Murray Abraham as the aging Salieri in "Amadeus". Smith also designed the makeup for young Hal Holbrook in his landmark 1967 TV special "Mark Twain Tonight". Smith was still being accorded honors as recently as this year. Smith's other films include "The Godfather Part II", "Marathon Man" and "The Deer Hunter". For more click here »
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Since most of the movie-going public is obsessed with the faces they see on the screen much more than the ones behind the camera, it takes a special kind of talent to gain acclaim and accolades to become known for a craft in Hollywood that isn't acting or directing. But one such talent was Dick Smith, nicknamed the "Godfather of Make-Up" for his incredible work as, you guessed it, a make-up artist. Literally living up to his name, Smith was responsible for impressive work in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, making Marlon Brando look a little less handsome with a lot more jowels. But today, Variety reports the make-up legend with nearly 70 years of amazing work in the entertainment industry has passed away at 92 years old. Smith was also responsible for turning Linda Blair into the creepy, possessed little girl in The Exorcist, one of the most gruesome transformations »
- Ethan Anderton
Legendary Hollywood makeup artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. His protege and fellow makeup genius Rick Baker tweeted the sad news this morning. “The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.” Smith’s iconic transformations appeared in films such as The Godfather, Taxi Driver and The Exorcist, in which he created the device that allowed Linda Blair to projectile vomit. He also transformed the look of F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus, as he aged in the film from his 40s to his 80s. […] »
Legendary Hollywood makeup artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. Smith's protege, Rick Baker, tweeted the news this morning saying: "The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same."
Smith’s iconic work appeared in films like "The Godfather," "The Godfather: Part II," "Taxi Driver," "The Exorcist," "The Deer Hunter," "Altered States," "Little Big Man," "Death Becomes Her," "The Hunger," "Starman" and "Amadeus" for which he won the Oscar.
Smith began his makeup career in television in the 1940s before later expanding to the world of film. He pioneered the method of applying prosthetics made from foam latex in small pieces, making the makeup appear more natural, as opposed to the previous standard of applying a latex mask as one solid piece. He was also one of the early pioneers of combining make-up with on-set special effects. »
- Garth Franklin
The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.
— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) July 31, 2014
The legendary makeup artist was renowned for his realistic transformations in films like “The Godfather” and “Amadeus” — aging Marlon Brando into Don Corleone and F. Murray Abraham into a wizened Antonio Salieri — garnering an Academy Award for his work in the latter alongside Paul LeBlanc. In 2012, Smith was given an honorary Governor’s Academy Award for his contribution to the field, which was presented by Baker. Earlier this year, Smith received the Makeup Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. He also won a Primetime Emmy in 1967 for his work on Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight! »
- Variety Staff
We're sad to report that Dick Smith, the indescribably talented makeup artist behind some classic movies, has died at the age of 92. Even if you aren't familiar with his name, you'll have almost certainly seen his work: for one thing, he was responsible for Marlon Brando's seamless aged makeup in The Godfather - the artificial jowls making Brando so unrecognisable that he could sit and eat in a restaurant without being recognised.
That film earned Smith the nickname "the Godfather of makeup", but it was but one film in a long and illustrious career. He created the horrifying effects for Taxi Driver's conclusion. He made F Murray Abraham look suitably decrepit and malicious for the opening and closing scenes in Milos Forman's Amadeus. Smith's most extensive and technically »
Dick Smith was known as The Godfather of Make-up, and for good reason. Aside from actually working on the legendary Godfather, he did a masterful job on several other great films, including The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. He passed away at age 93. His protege, Rick Baker, tweeted the following: The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same. — Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) July 31, 2014 The largest credit »
- Sean Wist
The 'godfather of make-up' Dick Smith has died at the age of 92.
Smith's death was confirmed by his close friend and protégé Rick Baker.
He tweeted: "The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same."
The exact circumstances surrounding his death have not been made public.
Accepting the award, he said: "This has been an incredible joy... I have loved being a make-up artist so much, but this kind of puts a crown on all of that." »
He turned Marlon Brando into the bulldog-jowled Vito Corleone for The Godfather, Dustin Hoffman into a 121-year-old for Little Big Man, and Linda Blair into a profane, cracked-faced, demon-possessed teen in The Exorcist. In 1985, along with Paul LeBlanc, he won a best makeup Oscar for his work on Amadeus, in which he aged F. Murray Abraham's Salieri. Dick Smith was one of the great Hollywood makeup men, and he has died at the age of 92, according to protégé Rick Baker. Below we've embedded a 13-minute video in which Smith talks about his work on The Exorcist, including his construction of the dummy whose head-turning capability resulted in one of the most famous images in American movies, as well a detailed two-part look at his process. »
- Gilbert Cruz
A masterful makeup artist has left us. Dick Smith passed away at the age of 92 years old. Talk about a long, talented, incredible life.
Smith was an Academy Award-winning make-up artist who is best known for The Exorcist, but has contributed to films like The Godfather, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver and Ghost Story. For those who aspired to be a make-up artist at one time or another (and either followed through with it or didn't - I fell into that latter category), Smith's story is well-known.
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- Ryan Turek
Dick Smith, the renowned "Godfather of Makeup", has died aged 92. Smith was a legend in the field, pioneering an astonishing number of different techniques and trickery in-camera. He’s best known for his work on an impressive list of classics, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Amadeus. Indeed, it’s a tribute to his talents that – The Exorcist aside – audiences often forget that these films had such extraordinary special effects and makeup, all hiding in plain sight.Born in June 1922, Smith began his career in television as head of the New York NBC make-up department in 1945. He was one of the first pioneers in using small sections of foam latex (instead of one whole mask), which freed an actor up to be far more expressive and mobile. During that time, he worked on shows from Roald Dahl’s Way Out to cult hit Dark Shadows. However, it is »
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