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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I was looking for something at the imdb & I see ace special effects make-up man Dick Smith has died at 92 (good innings). He was the mentor of Rick Baker, & the Godfather of make-up men.

Dustin Hoffman was wearing a mask of his for the very old Little Big Man, as was F. Murray Abraham for the ancient Salieri in Amadeus, in fact he did a ton of stuff. I used to read about him way back in the early sixties in the mag. Famous Monsters Of Filmland.

And it seems he was a very nice guy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Sorry to hear this. He was one of the best.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Holy cow, another pioneer gone.

RIP
frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

He did the makeup on Jack Palance for "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde", as well as "The Exorcist". R.I.P. Dick Smith.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   GustavoJoseph   (Member)

He did some amazing work in Altered States too.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Dick lived in my home town of Larchmont. He was the nicest person in the world. And trick or treating at his house was THE BEST!! He was a master technician and a true artist.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

An absolute Titan of movie make up. RIP

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Aw, man. frown

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

He always did great work. My favorite early work was for TV's Dark Shadows in 1967.

Rest in peace to a true genius.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

A great talent. R.I.P

I used to know a man named Craig Reardon, who was a big fan of Smith's and worked with him on ALTERED STATES before advancing to his own career in special makeup effects. He was a huge film music fan and wrote some articles for me and others back in the 1970s. Does anybody ever hear from him?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I grew up with Dick Smith as my "mentor," when I was a teenager.
His monster makeup book for kids launched me into the world of movie makeup.
Smith is one of the GREATEST of all time, and his talent will be missed.
With the exception of those, like Rick Baker, whom he personally mentored.
They will carry his legacy into the future.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Great talent-R.I.P DICK.

 
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