Rick Baker

Rick Baker

A record-holding winner of seven Academy Awards® for Best Makeup out of eleven nominations, Rick Baker won the first competitive Oscar® awarded in that category for his innovative work on An American Werewolf in London, one of several collaborations with director John Landis. His apprenticeship under one of the industry’s greatest makeup artists, Dick Smith (including working as his assistant on The Exorcist), prepared him for a career providing cutting-edge makeup effects in many genres ranging from comedy to science fiction to horror.

Rick Baker has been an influential force in the creation of creatures and prosthetic makeup for over 40 years. Garnering a reputation for excellence and resourcefulness, Rick’s assignments became a diverse and iconic collection of creatures, including Harry and the Hendersons, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Gorillas in the Mist, Coming to America, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Ed Wood, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, Mighty Joe Young, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas to name but a few.

In 2012 Baker received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2014 Rick retired from the film industry. He is enjoying his retirement by doing something creative every day.

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Three examples of Rick Baker's makeup artistry including ghouls and creatures from horror history RICK BAKER: AN INTIMATE SELF-PORTRAIT (LA Online)
Thu. Feb. 25, 2021 - 7:30 pm PST - 8:45 pm PST

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