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Rick Baker

Nationality  American
Name  Rick Baker
Spouse  Silvia Abascal (m. 1987)
Years active  1971–2014
Role  Make-up artist
Education  Academy of Art University
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Born  December 8, 1950 (age 65) (1950-12-08) Binghamton, New York
Alma mater  Academy of Art University
Occupation  Special make-up effects artist
Awards  Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Parents  Ralph B. Baker, Doris Baker
Movies  The Wolfman, Men in Black 3, Dr Seuss\' How the Grinch St, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, King Kong
Similar People  John Landis, Dick Smith, Stan Winston, Rob Bottin, Dave Elsey

Rick baker s make up and special effects legacy

Richard A. "Rick" Baker (born December 8, 1950) is an American special make-up effects creator, make-up artist, and special effects supervisor, mostly known for his creature effects; he was also a creature designer. Baker won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling a record seven times from a record eleven nominations, starting in 1981 when he won the inaugural award for An American Werewolf in London.


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Personal life

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Baker was born in Binghamton, New York, to Doris (née Hamlin) and Ralph B. Baker, a professional artist. He is married and has two daughters.


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As a teen, Baker began creating artificial body parts in his own kitchen. He also appeared briefly in the fan production The Night Turkey, a one-hour, black-and-white video parody of The Night Stalker directed by William Malone. Baker's first professional job was as an assistant to prosthetic makeup effects veteran Dick Smith on the film The Exorcist.

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Baker received the inaugural Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his work on An American Werewolf in London. He also created the "werecat" creature Michael Jackson transforms into in the music video Thriller. Subsequently, Baker has been nominated for the Best Makeup Oscar ten more times, winning on seven occasions, both records in his field.

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He was married to Elaine Melba Parkyn for ten years.

Baker claims that his work on Harry and the Hendersons is one of his proudest achievements. On October 3, 2009, he received the Jack Pierce – Lifetime Achievement Award title of the Chiller-Eyegore Awards.

He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2008. He also contributes commentaries to the web series Trailers From Hell for trailers about horror and science fiction films.

Baker received the 2485th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012. The star is located in front of the Guinness World Records Museum.

Baker announced his retirement on May 28, 2015: "First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away 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."

Acting roles

Baker played the title role in the 1976 remake of King Kong. In the 2005 remake, he had a cameo as the pilot and gunner (with director Peter Jackson) who shot down Kong. He also made cameo appearances in: the John Landis film Into the Night as a drug dealer with a business card; in Men in Black II as an MIB agent helping provide aliens with disguises; in Men in Black 3 as a "brain alien"; in Michael Jackson's music video Thriller as one of the zombies; in The Haunted Mansion as multiple graveyard ghosts; and in The Wolfman as the Wolfman's first kill.


  • Octaman (1971) (Octaman costume; with Doug Beswick)
  • The Thing with Two Heads (1972) (special effects)
  • Schlock (1973) (makeup artist)
  • The Exorcist (1973) (special effects assistant)
  • It's Alive (1974) (makeup artist)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (makeup artist)
  • King Kong (1976) (makeup effects, King Kong)
  • Track of the Moon Beast (1976) (makeup artist)
  • Squirm (1976) (makeup designer)
  • The Incredible Melting Man (1977) (special makeup effects)
  • Star Wars (1977) (makeup artist: second unit)
  • The Fury (1978) (special makeup effects)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) (special makeup effects)
  • The Howling (1981) (special makeup effects consultant)
  • The Funhouse (1981) (special makeup design)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) (makeup effects)
  • Videodrome (1983) (special makeup effects designer)
  • Thriller (1983) (special makeup effects creator, special makeup effects design)
  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) (special makeup effects)
  • Starman (1984) (Starman transformation)
  • Into the Night (1985) (actor)
  • My Science Project (1985) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Captain EO (1986) (special makeup effects)
  • Ratboy (1986) (designer: Ratboy)
  • Harry and the Hendersons (1987) (makeup artist, creature designer: Harry)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1987–89) (creature designer: Beast)
  • Werewolf (1987–88) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Coming to America (1988) (special makeup effects)
  • Gorillas in the Mist (1988) (special makeup effects, associate producer)
  • Missing Link (1988) (special makeup effects)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) (special effects supervisor, co-producer)
  • The Rocketeer (1991) (makeup creator: Lothar)
  • Wolf (1994) (special makeup effects)
  • Ed Wood (1994) (makeup creator: Bela Lugosi, makeup designer: Bela Lugosi)
  • Batman Forever (1995) (special makeup designer/creator)
  • The Nutty Professor (1996) (special makeup effects)
  • The Frighteners (1996) (special makeup artist: The Judge)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996) (special makeup effects)
  • Ghosts (1997) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Men in Black (1997) (alien makeup effects, special makeup effects artist)
  • Critical Care (1997) (special makeup effects: Mr. Brooks)
  • Mighty Joe Young (1998) (special makeup effects)
  • Life (1999) (special makeup effects)
  • Wild Wild West (1999) (special effects makeup)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (special makeup effects)
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) (special makeup effects)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) (makeup artist, special makeup effects designer/creator)
  • Men in Black II (2002) (alien makeup effects, special makeup effects artist)
  • The Ring (2002) (special makeup effects artist)
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Hellboy (2004) (special effects director, special makeup effects artist)
  • The Ring Two (2005) (special makeup effects artist)
  • King Kong (2005) (actor)
  • Cursed (2005) (special makeup effects artist, special makeup effects designer/creator)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (special makeup effects consultant, visual effects consultant)
  • Click (2006) (special age makeup artist, special makeup effects artist)
  • Enchanted (2007) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Norbit (2007) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008) (makeup designer: Mr. Downey Jr.)
  • The Wolfman (2010) (special makeup effects)
  • Tron: Legacy (2010) (special makeup effects artist)
  • Men in Black 3 (2012) (alien makeup effects, special makeup effects artist)
  • Maleficent (2014) (Maleficent makeup design)
  • Awards

  • Inducted to the Monster Kid Hall of Fame at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards
  • Jack Pierce – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chiller-Eyegore Awards
  • 2485th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • An American Werewolf in London, 1982 (first year of the award)
  • Harry and the Hendersons, 1988
  • Ed Wood, 1995
  • The Nutty Professor, 1997
  • Men in Black, 1998
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2001
  • The Wolfman, 2011
  • Time Machine Award, Sitges Film Festival 2015
  • Quotes

    So many of my dreams were to actually be able to make a living of what I did as a hobby
    It's a funny relationship that makeup artists have I always feel kind of like a dentist People look at me and think of pain
    I was born in 1950 and watched science fiction and horror movies on TV and was always really fascinated by them


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