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Jack P. Pierce (1889–1968)

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. After emigrating to the US from ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wolf Man Make-Up Department
The Brain from Planet Arous Make-Up Department
Slave Girl Make-Up Department
Scarlet Street Make-Up Department


Hide Hide Show Show Makeup Department (178 credits)
 1961-1964 Mister Ed (TV Series) (makeup artist - 104 episodes)
- Moko (1964) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
- Saddles and Gowns (1964) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
- The Prowler (1964) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
- Ed the Musician (1964) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
- Ed the Chauffeur (1964) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1962 The Creation of the Humanoids (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1962 Beauty and the Beast (makeup artist)
 1961 The Devil's Hand (make up - as Jack Pierce)
 1960 Beyond the Time Barrier (makeup creator)
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Flash in the Sky (1960) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1960 The Amazing Transparent Man (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- No Funeral for Thorn (1959) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1958 I Bury the Living (makeup artist - as Jack P. Pearce)
 1958 Bullwhip (makeup artist)
 1958 The Rawhide Trail (makeup artist)
 1958 Giant from the Unknown (makeup artist: Buddy Baer - as Jack Pierce)
 1957 Teenage Monster (makeup artist)
 1957 The Brain from Planet Arous (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
  Telephone Time (TV Series) (makeup artist - 12 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (makeup - 2 episodes, 1956)
- Bullet Lou Kirn (1957) ... (makeup artist)
- Jumping Parson (1957) ... (makeup artist)
- The Mountain That Moved (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- Chico and the Archbishop (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- Hatfield, the Rainmaker (1956) ... (makeup artist)
 1955-1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (makeup artist - 22 episodes)
- The Day I Met Caruso (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- The Bitter Waters (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- Apples on the Lilac Tree (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- The Carroll Formula (1956) ... (makeup artist)
- White Corridors (1956) ... (makeup artist)
 1953-1956 You Are There (TV Series) (makeup artist - 8 episodes)
- The Sinking of the Titanic (April 14-15, 1912) (1955) ... (makeup artist)
 1953 No Escape (makeup artist)
 1953 Oiltown, U.S.A. (makeup artist)
 1952 Cavalcade of America (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- No Greater Love (1952) ... (makeup artist)
 1951 The Valparaiso Story (makeup artist)
 1951 Tales of Robin Hood (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1950 The Du Pont Story (makeup artist)
 1950 The Magnavox Theater (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- The Three Musketeers (1950) ... (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1949 The Pilgrimage Play (make up artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1949 Master Minds (makeup creator)
 1949 Reign of Terror (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1949 The Big Cat (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1948 Joan of Arc (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1947 Doctor Jim (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1947 Pirates of Monterey (director of makeup)
 1947 Slave Girl (director of make-up)
 1947 Brute Force (makeup artist)
 1947 The Vigilantes Return (director of makeup)
 1947 Time Out of Mind (makeup artist)
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home (makeup artist)
 1947 Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (director of make-up)
 1947/I The Egg and I (makeup artist)
 1947 Song of Scheherazade (director of makeup)
 1947 I'll Be Yours (director of make-up)
 1946 Magnificent Doll (director of makeup)
 1946 The Brute Man (makeup director)
 1946 Gunman's Code (director of makeup)
 1946 Rustler's Round-Up (director of makeup)
 1946 Little Miss Big (director of makeup)
 1946 White Tie and Tails (director of makeup)
 1946 The Killers (director of makeup)
 1946 Lawless Breed (director of makeup)
 1946 The Time of Their Lives (director of make-up)
 1946 Wild Beauty (director of makeup)
 1946 Black Angel (director of makeup)
 1946 Canyon Passage (makeup director)
 1946 Danger Woman (director of makeup)
 1946 Inside Job (director of makeup)
 1946 Her Adventurous Night (director of makeup)
 1946 The Runaround (makeup artist)
 1946 She Wrote the Book (makeup artist)
 1946 Dressed to Kill (director of make-up)
 1946 She-Wolf of London (director of makeup)
 1946 The Cat Creeps (director of makeup)
 1946 Night in Paradise (makeup artist)
 1946 House of Horrors (makeup director)
 1946 Tangier (makeup artist)
 1946 The Spider Woman Strikes Back (director of makeup)
 1946 Little Giant (makeup director)
 1946 Terror by Night (director of makeup)
 1946 Because of Him (director of makeup)
 1945 Scarlet Street (makeup director)
 1945 Frontier Gal (makeup artist)
 1945 House of Dracula (makeup artist)
 1945 The Daltons Ride Again (makeup director)
 1945 This Love of Ours (director of makeup)
 1945 Pursuit to Algiers (director of makeup)
 1945 That Night with You (makeup artist)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (makeup artist)
 1945 The Jungle Captive (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1945 The Naughty Nineties (makeup director)
 1945 Salome, Where She Danced (make up director - as Jack Pierce)
 1945 Sudan (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1944 Can't Help Singing (makeup artist)
 1944 The Mummy's Curse (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1944 House of Frankenstein (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1944 The Climax (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1944 The Mummy's Ghost (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1944 Jungle Woman (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1944 The Scarlet Claw (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1944 Cobra Woman (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1944 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1943 The Mad Ghoul (special makeup artist - uncredited)
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy (makeup artist)
 1943 Son of Dracula (special makeup effects artist - uncredited)
 1943 The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1943 Phantom of the Opera (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1943 Captive Wild Woman (makeup artist)
 1943 White Savage (makeup artist - as Jackl Pierce)
 1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (makeup artist)
 1942 The Mummy's Tomb (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget (makeup designer)
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein (make-up artist)
 1941 The Wolf Man (makeup artist)
 1941 Man Made Monster (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1940 The Mummy's Hand (makeup creator - uncredited)
 1940 Black Friday (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1940 The House of the Seven Gables (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1939 Tower of London (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1939 Unexpected Father (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1939 Son of Frankenstein (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Newsboys' Home (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 His Exciting Night (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Little Tough Guys in Society (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Personal Secretary (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Freshman Year (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Letter of Introduction (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 Wives Under Suspicion (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1937 The Road Back (makeup artist)
 1937 Let Them Live (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1937 Night Key (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1937 When Love Is Young (makeup supervisor - as Jack Pierce)
 1936 Three Smart Girls (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1936 The Magnificent Brute (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1936 Two in a Crowd (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1936 Show Boat (makeup - uncredited)
 1936 Dracula's Daughter (special makeup effects artist - uncredited)
 1936 Love Before Breakfast (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1936 Sutter's Gold (makeup artist: Lee Tracy - uncredited)
 1936 Next Time We Love (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1936 The Invisible Ray (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 Magnificent Obsession (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 The Great Impersonation (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 Remember Last Night? (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 Diamond Jim (makeup artist)
 1935 The Raven (makeup designer - uncredited)
 1935 Werewolf of London (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 Night Life of the Gods (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1935 The Good Fairy (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 Imitation of Life (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 Great Expectations (makeup artist)
 1934 Embarrassing Moments (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 I Give My Love (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Love Captive (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 Half a Sinner (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Black Cat (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 Love Birds (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1934 Beloved (makeup artist)
 1934 Bombay Mail (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1933 By Candlelight (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1933 The Invisible Man (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1933 The Kiss Before the Mirror (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1933 The Big Cage (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1932 The Mummy (makeup designer - uncredited)
 1932 They Just Had to Get Married (makeup artist)
 1932 The Old Dark House (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1932 Back Street (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1932 White Zombie (makeup artist - as Jack Pierce)
 1932 The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1932 The Impatient Maiden (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1931 Strictly Dishonorable (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1931 Frankenstein (makeup artist - uncredited) / (makeup designer - uncredited)
 1931 Seed (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1931 Drácula (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1931 Dracula (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1931 Resurrection (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1930 East Is West (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1930 King of Jazz (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1929 Broadway (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1928 The Man Who Laughs (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1927 She's a Sheik (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1927 Surrender (makeup artist)
 1927 The Monkey Talks (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1926 The White Black Sheep (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1926 The Lady of the Harem (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1926 The Amateur Gentleman (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1926 Ranson's Folly (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1925 The Wanderer (makeup artist - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's play, "Mister Roberts," in One Play A Month production at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California with Jamie Farr (Ensign Pulver) in the cast. Gilmor Brown was artistic director. Will Diaz was stage manager.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jack P. Pearce | Jack Pearce | Jackl Pierce | Jack Pierce | John Pierce


Blanche Craven

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Personal Quote:

There are six ways a surgeon can cut the skull, and I figured Dr. Frankenstein, who was not a practicing surgeon, would take the easiest. That is, he would cut the top of the skull off straight across like a pot lid, hinge it, pop the brain in and clamp it tight. That's the reason I decided to make the monster's head square and flat like a box and dig that big scar across his forehead and have ... See more »


Alan Young reminisces about Mister Ed (1961) makeup man Pierce in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver. See more »


Known for creating some of the most recognizable monster makeups in film history See more »


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