Hollywood effects legend, Oscar Winner and Monster Kid Rick Baker will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Friday. Not only that, but Baker will also be entered into the Guiness Book of World records twice for having the most Oscar nominations (twelve) and wins (seven). His achievements are massive, so perhaps some copy from the press release can sum it up better than I can:
Garnering a reputation for excellence and resourcefulness, Rick’s assignments became a diverse and iconic collection of creatures including those in Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Michael Jackson’s "Thriller", Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Gorillas in the Mist, Coming to America, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, Mighty Joe Young, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, to name but a few. Last year, Rick won his seventh Academy Award for his contributions transforming Benicio Del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins into werewolves for The Wolfman.
Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez released the following statement about the ceremony: "We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies."
It must also be reiterated that Baker was also the first person to win an Academy Award for Best Makeup thanks to his work on the seminal AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. That film and its effects raised a bar for werewolf movies that has yet to be surpassed. It goes without saying that horror fans the world over love the guy's work and its nice to see Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce reflecting those feelings. The ceremony will be held November 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard. For those who aren't in Hollywood, you can watch it streamed live at the Walk of Fame official website.