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Structural info

  • Full Name: Rick Baker
  • Net Worth: $3 Million
  • Date Of Birth: December 8, 1950
  • Place Of Birth: Binghamton, New York, United States
  • Profession: Make Up Department
  • Education: Academy of Art University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Silvia Abascal
  • Parents: Doris Baker, Ralph B. Baker
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/therickbaker
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000711/
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Nominations: Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Saturn Award for Best Make-up, Saturn Award for Best Special Effects, BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects, Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series, Primetime Emmy Award …
  • Movies: Men in Black 3, The Wolfman, Monsterland, Beware the Moon: Remembering An American Werewolf in London, King Kong, Men in Black II, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Gorillas in the Mist, The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Quotes

  • [2015, on his retirement] First of all, the CGI stuff definitely took the animatronics part of what I do. It’s also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don’t think I will have a huge working studio anymore.
  • [2015, on his retirement and practical effects losing favor to CGI] The whole business has changed. I had a 60,000 square foot studio, which was great for How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Planet of the Apes (2001). But it’s not great for making a nose for somebody. And I’ve had that. I had one project where I had a guy making some teeth, in this 60,000 square foot building, by himself, in summer. My air conditioning bill was more than I was getting paid to make the teeth. So it just became time. Those big jobs don’t exist anymore. As a young man, when I finally started meeting some people in the industry, I met a lot of bitter people, and a lot of crabby old guys, and I thought, “How can you be like that? You’re in this amazing industry doing these cool things.” And I didn’t want to become that.
  • [After the death of his mentor Dick Smith] The world will never be the same.
  • Dick Smith deserves an Oscar more than any makeup artist I know.
  • [on Jack P. Pierce] He never had any real children but he had children who will outlive any children that he could ever have. Those monsters that he created will outlive me and people will be looking at them a thousand years from now.
  • So many of my dreams were to actually be able to make a living of what I did as a hobby. I used to have to save my allowances to buy a quart of rubber to make a mask, and it’s how I spent all my free time. I still do. I got into this because I love the work. I didn’t know anyone in the film business, and I didn’t really have a plan B. It’s a good thing it worked out because I would be sitting on the side of the freeway with a sign saying “Will do makeup for food”.
  • I was always just fascinated with monsters in movies, and when I realized that someone actually did that and you could do it as a job, I just became obsessed with it.
  • The thing that I find so fulfilling about my job is I like the fact that you start with something that’s just an idea in your head. You read the script and right away you visualize something and you see that thing that at one point was just an idea in your head looking real and alive. It’s exciting and is a little bit like being Dr. Frankenstein. I want to scream “It’s alive!”
  • The first make-up artist I was ever really aware of and became a fan of was Jack P. Pierce. He did all the great classic Universal monsters especially Frankenstein’s monster. That make-up hasn’t been outdone. It has become this iconic image. Everybody when they think of the Monster thinks of Jack’s make-up.
  • I learned (makeup effects) on my own face, that’s why I look like this.
  • When I did An American Werewolf in London (1981), David Naughton had basically no body hair. Benicio Del Toro is already very hairy so it was much easier to make him up for The Wolfman (2010).
  • Makeup is an additive process, you add to someone’s face. It’s easy to make someone look fatter or older. It’s much harder to make someone look thinner because we can’t really subtract from what’s already there.

Facts

  • Contributes commentaries to the web series Trailers from Hell for trailers about science fiction films and horror films.
  • Received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California (2008).
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 30, 2012.
  • Closed his studio and retired from the motion picture industry on May 28, 2015. Received an estimated $1 million from an auction of his collection of props and items he created over the course of his career.
  • Presented his mentor, Dick Smith with an honorary Academy Award in 2011.
  • Holds the record for the most Oscar wins and nominations bestowed upon makeup artists. He has been nominated a total of twelve times with seven wins (An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Wolfman (2010)).
  • He owns a framed photo of Jack P. Pierce applying the finishing touches to Boris Karloff’s famous Frankenstein (1931) make-up; the photo has been doctored by Baker to appear as if he and Pierce are applying the make-up together.
  • The Michael Jackson song “Threatened” (2001) is dedicated to him. They worked together on Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) and Captain EO (1986).
  • He attended Northview High School in Covina, California. There he made his own gorilla costume and would sometime be found swinging from the football field goalposts. He also would go to drive-in movies showing Planet of the Apes (1968), secretly change into his ape outfit and sneak up to occupants of cars watching the movie, scaring them out of their wits.
  • Formed the Cinovation Studios in 1981.
  • Interesting details about Baker’s career, especially his early fascination with gorillas and his work in three movies featuring them, is told in the television documentary “Gorillas: Primal Contact”.
  • In 1981, he was the very first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Make-Up for An American Werewolf in London (1981) when the category was first introduced.

Trademarks

  • More often than not sports a beard
  • His collaborations with Eddie Murphy
  • Often creates the makeup effects for werewolves and apes
  • Often works with director John Landis (Schlock (1973), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Coming to America (1988), Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983))
  • Long white hair pulled back in ponytail
  • Known for his incredibly realistic creature effects

Filmography

Make Up Department
Title Year Status Character
Talk Helps 2015 Short makeup artist completed
Homeschool Reunion 2015 Short makeup artist
Maleficent 2014 Maleficent makeup design
Men in Black 3 2012 alien makeup effects
Tron 2010 special makeup effects artist
The Wolfman 2010 special makeup effects
Tropic Thunder 2008 makeup designer: Mr. Downey Jr.
Enchanted 2007 special makeup effects artist
Norbit 2007 special makeup effects artist
Click 2006 special age makeup artist – uncredited / special makeup effects
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 special makeup effects consultant
The Ring Two 2005 special makeup effects artist
Cursed 2005 special makeup effects artist / special makeup effects creator / special makeup effects designer
Hellboy 2004 makeup consultant: Hellboy
The Haunted Mansion 2003 special makeup effects artist
The Ring 2002 special makeup effects artist
Men in Black II 2002 alien makeup effects / special makeup effects artist – uncredited
Planet of the Apes 2001 makeup artist / special makeup effects designer and creator
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 special makeup effects
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 special makeup effects
Life 1999/I special makeup effects
Mighty Joe Young 1998 special makeup effects
Critical Care 1997 special makeup effects: Mr. Brooks
A Thousand Acres 1997 masectomy effect
Men in Black 1997 alien makeup effects / special makeup effects artist
Ghosts 1997/I Short special makeup effects artist
Escape from L.A. 1996 special makeup effects
The Frighteners 1996 special makeup artist: The Judge
The Nutty Professor 1996 special makeup effects
Batman Forever 1995 special makeup designer and creator
Ed Wood 1994 makeup creator: Bela Lugosi / makeup designer: Bela Lugosi
Wolf 1994 special makeup effects
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie coroner’s makeup
Matinee 1993 special makeup effects artist
Lorenzo’s Oil 1992 prosthetics consultant
The Rocketeer 1991 makeup creator: Lothar
Beauty and the Beast TV Series designer and creator – 55 episodes, 1987 – 1990 designer – 1 episode, 1989
Missing Link 1988 special makeup effects
Gorillas in the Mist 1988 special makeup effects
Coming to America 1988 special makeup effects
Werewolf TV Series designer – 4 episodes, 1987 – 1988 werewolf characters designed by – 2 episodes, 1987
Harry and the Hendersons 1987 makeup artist
It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive 1987 original creature designer: “It’s Alive”
Ratboy 1986 designer: Ratboy
Captain EO 1986 Short special makeup effects
My Science Project 1985 special makeup effects artist – uncredited
Starman 1984 starman transformation
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 special makeup effects
Michael Jackson: Thriller 1983 Video short special makeup effects designer and creator
Videodrome 1983 special makeup effects designer
Ghost Story 1981 special makeup effects artist
An American Werewolf in London 1981 special makeup effects designer and creator
The Funhouse 1981 special makeup design
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 creator and designer: Sidney / makeup effects
The Howling 1981 special makeup effects consultant
Altered States 1980 special makeup artist – uncredited
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back 1980 makeup artist – uncredited
An American Christmas Carol 1979 TV Movie special makeup consultant
It Lives Again 1978 special makeup
The Fury 1978 special makeup effects
The Incredible Melting Man 1977 special makeup effects
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series makeup artist – 1 episode
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope 1977 makeup: second unit
Track of the Moon Beast 1976 makeup artist
King Kong 1976 makeup effects – uncredited
Squirm 1976 makeup designer
The Zebra Force 1976 special makeup
It’s Alive 1974 makeup artist / special makeup effects artist – uncredited
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 1974 TV Movie makeup creator: Miss Tyson
Cop Killers 1973 makeup artist
Schlock 1973 makeup artist
Black Caesar 1973 makeup designer – uncredited
Bone 1972 makeup designer – uncredited
Special Effects
Title Year Status Character
Cursed 2005 special makeup effects
Hellboy 2004 special effects director
Wild Wild West 1999 special effects makeup
Mighty Joe Young 1998 creature designer
Modern Vampires 1998 TV Movie special effects consultant
The Amazing Panda Adventure 1995 Panda Effects
The X-Files 1995 TV Series gorilla effects – 1 episode
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 special effects supervisor
Something Is Out There 1988 TV Mini-Series creature designer and creator – 6 episodes
Werewolf 1987 TV Series werewolf characters designed by – 1 episode
Captain EO 1986 Short creator: Fuzzball effects
Tanya’s Island 1980 special effects
King Kong 1976 special contributions: Kong
The Food of the Gods 1976 special effects – uncredited
Flesh Gordon 1974 special properties
The Exorcist 1973 special effects assistant – uncredited
Schlock 1973 special effects
Live and Let Die 1973 special effects – uncredited
Black Caesar 1973 special effects – uncredited
The Thing with Two Heads 1972 special effects – uncredited
Bone 1972 special effects – uncredited
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Rings 2017 Vendor
The Strain 2014 TV Series Brooklyn Guy
Men in Black 3 2012 Brain Alien
The Wolfman 2010 Gypsy Man First Killed
6 Beers of Separation 2009 TV Movie
Dark Reel 2008 First Mate
Teddy Scares 2006 Short Hester Golem (voice)
King Kong 2005 Pilot
Men in Black II 2002 MIB Passport Control Agent
Planet of the Apes 2001 Old Ape #2
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 Puppeteer
Into the Night 1985 Drug Dealer
Michael Jackson: Thriller 1983 Video short Zombie Opening the Crypt (uncredited)
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 Sidney (as Richard A. Baker)
The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 Dino (segment “A.M. Today”) (as Richard A. Baker)
King Kong 1976 King Kong (uncredited)
The Thing with Two Heads 1972 Gorilla
Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast from Hell 1972 Short
Art Department
Title Year Status Character
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary special bust sculptered by and courtesy of
Davey and Goliath 1971-1972 TV Series artist – 12 episodes
The Gumby Show 1968 TV Series artist – 2 episodes
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
Mighty Joe Young 1998 creature designer and producer: Mighty Joe Young
The Devil’s Advocate 1997 demons creator / demons designer
Batman & Robin 1997 nora fries and principal copsicles
Harry and the Hendersons 1987 creature designer: Harry / puppeteer: Rick Baker’s crew
Max mon amour 1986 chimp’s sequence advisor
Cocoon 1985 special creature consultant
Visual Effects
Title Year Status Character
Silver Bullet 1985 visual effects
Flesh Gordon 1974 effects technician
Costume Department
Title Year Status Character
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 primate costume designer and creator
Octaman 1971 octaman costume
Producer
Title Year Status Character
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 co-producer
Gorillas in the Mist 1988 associate producer
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
ABCs of Superheroes 2015 Jens thanks
The Mill at Calder’s End 2015 Short special thanks
Love 2015/I Documentary short grateful thanks
Beast Wishes 2012 Documentary very special thanks
The Los Angeles Ripper 2011 the producers wish to thank
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry 2010 Documentary thanks
Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr. 2010 Video documentary short special thanks
RKO Production 601: The Making of ‘Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World’ 2005 Video documentary special thanks
Hollywood’s Creepiest Creatures 2004 TV Movie special thanks
Making Bela 2002 Video documentary short special thanks
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary special thanks
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of ‘The Wolf Man’ 1999 Video documentary short special thanks
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed 1999 Video documentary short special thanks
She’s Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein 1999 Documentary short special thanks
Hollywood Stuntmakers 1999 TV Series special thanks – 2 episodes
Hollywood Goes Ape! 1994 Documentary special thanks
Matinee 1993 thanks
The Willies 1990 thanks
The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
The Incredible Melting Man with William Sachs and Rick Baker 2013 Video short Himself
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian 2013 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2012 TV Series Himself
Men in Black 3: Building a Better Alien – Inside the World of Rick Baker 2012 Documentary short Himself
Unchained Reaction 2012 TV Series Himself – Guest Judge
Beast Wishes 2012 Documentary Himself
Landis, Baker and Burns 2011 Video short Himself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series
The Beast Maker: Rick Baker 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Post Mortem with Mick Garris 2010 TV Series Himself
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Himself
Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr. 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Bob Burns’ Hollywood Halloween 2009 Video documentary Himself
An American Werewolf in London: I Walked with a Werewolf 2009 Video short Himself
Beware the Moon: Remembering ‘An American Werewolf in London’ 2009 Documentary Himself
Monsterland 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce 2008 Video short Himself
The Secret World of Superfans 2008 Documentary Himself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies 2007 TV Movie Himself
The Search for the Next Elvira 2007 TV Series Himself (judge)
Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Trailers from Hell 2007 TV Series Himself
Creature People 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of ‘King Kong’ 2006 Video documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies 2006 TV Movie Himself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Working with a Master: John Landis 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Sci-Fi Boys 2006 Documentary Himself
Best Ever Christmas Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Perfect Scary Movie 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz 2005 Video documentary Himself
RKO Production 601: The Making of ‘Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World’ 2005 Video documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2001-2005 TV Series documentary short Himself
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection 2005 Video documentary
Videodrome: Forging the New Flesh 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Creature Featurettes 2002 Video documentary Himself
Rick Baker: Alien Maker 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Making Bela 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary Himself
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Makeup Application and Design 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Planet of the Apes: Face Like a Monkey 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of ‘Planet of the Apes’ 2001 TV Short documentary Himself – Creator & Designer: Special Make-Up Effects
An American Werewolf in London: Casting of the Hand 2001 Video short Himself
Makeup Artist Rick Baker on ‘An American Werewolf in London’ 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Troldspejlet 2001 TV Series Himself – Makeup artist / Old Ape #2
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
Metamorphosis of ‘Men in Black’ 2000 Video documentary short Himself
A Tribute to the Wizard of Oz 1999 Video short Himself
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of ‘The Wolf Man’ 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed 1999 Video documentary short Himself
She’s Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein 1999 Documentary short Himself
The Road to Dracula 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Hollywood Stuntmakers 1999 TV Series Himself / King Kong
A Tribute to John Chambers 1998 Video documentary short Himself
A Tribute to Dick Smith 1998 Video documentary short Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film – Volume II 1997 Video documentary Zombie (segment “Thriller”)
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
Area 51: The Alien Interview 1997 Video documentary Himself
Movie Magic 1994-1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Masters of Fantasy 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1996 TV Series Himself – Guest
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Interactive History of Frankenstein 1995 Video Game Himself
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
It’s Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Secrets of Dick Smith 1991 TV Short documentary Himself
Amazing Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy 1991 Video Himself
The Horror Hall of Fame 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors 1986 Video documentary Himself
The Making of ‘Captain Eo’ 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The Making of ‘Thriller’ 1983 Video documentary Himself – Monster Maker
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Himself – Winner: Best Makeup
Behind the Scenes: ‘An American Werewolf in London’ 1981 TV Short documentary Himself
Science Fiction Film Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself – Winner
Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film 2018 Documentary filming Himself
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen Documentary post-production Himself
Charlie Gemora: Uncredited 2016 Documentary Himself
Le complexe de Frankenstein 2015 Documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2015 TV Series Himself
Tria33 2015 TV Series Himself
Birth Pains 2015 Video documentary short Himself
The Omnibus of Art: Rick Baker on Walter Paisley 2015 Video documentary short Himself
The Scanners Way: Creating the Special Effects in ‘Scanners’ 2014 Video documentary short Himself
House of Wax: Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen 2013 Video documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
EdiciĆ³n Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Dino (segment “A.M. Today”)
Top of the Pops 2 2009 TV Series Himself – Zombie – Thriller Video
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Zombie
Michael Jackson: Number Ones 2003 Video documentary Zombie (segment “Thriller”)

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