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The legendary Godfather of make-up, Dick Smith, has passed away

07.31.2014

Dick Smith was known as The Godfather of Make-up, and for good reason. Aside from actually working on the legendary GODFATHER, he did a masterful job on several other great films, including THE EXORCIST, TAXI DRIVER, and AMADEUS. He passed away at age 93.

His protege, Rick Baker, tweeted the following:

The largest credit I can pay Mr. Smith is that I was unaware of his presence. For a long time, seeing Marlon Brando out of THE GODFATHER was strange for me. That was just simply "how he looked" to my young eyes. While his horror make-up effects were fantastic for THE EXORCIST, which contributed to the first horror film receiving a best picture nod, it was his aged make-up on a then 44 year-old Max Von Sydow that really impressed. There's a reason that dude hasn't aged for me, and it's because I always compare him to "that old exorcist" he had played in the film! For TAXI DRIVER, that burtal shoot-out in the end had to be desaturated in order for Martin Scorsese to get the R-rating, because otherwise it looked "too realistic."

Dick Smith had a slew of other great films under his belt, and whether or not people know his name, they'll always appreciate his contributions to classic cinema. Thank you for making great films that much better, and rest in peace.

F. Murray Abraham in the make-up chair getting ready for his role as Antonio Salieri in AMADEUS.

Source: IMDb

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10:47PM on 07/31/2014
this man was a legend he will be missed
this man was a legend he will be missed
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4:57PM on 07/31/2014
RIP sir. Many of the most influential genre filmmakers today grew up on Dick Smith's Monster Makeup handbook and I love that it got a shoutout in Super 8. Please don't let this art die, really encouraged by things like that Face-Off reality show fostering an interest in special effects makeup.
RIP sir. Many of the most influential genre filmmakers today grew up on Dick Smith's Monster Makeup handbook and I love that it got a shoutout in Super 8. Please don't let this art die, really encouraged by things like that Face-Off reality show fostering an interest in special effects makeup.
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