Chris Walas

Special effects artist, Director
Leading FX wizard who first attracted attention for his makeup design on David Cronenberg's "Scanners" (1980) and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). In the mid-1980s he formed Chris Walas Inc., the ... Read more »

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (8)

The Kiss 1988 (Movie)

special makeup and creature effects (Makeup)

House II: The Second Story 1987 (Movie)

creature makeup design (Makeup)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Enemy Mine 1985 (Movie)

special creature makeup director (Prosthetic Makeup)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Galaxina 1980 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

L' Isola degli uomini Pesce 1978 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)
Visual Effects & Animation (7)

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

creature effects supervisor (Effects Supervisor)

The Fly 1986 (Movie)

special mechanical effects (Mechanical Special Effects)

Enemy Mine 1985 (Movie)

special creature effects director (Special Effects)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

creature designer(Gremlins/Gizmo) (Visual Effects Designer)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

creature creator(Gremlins/Gizmo) (Mechanical Special Effects)

Caveman 1981 (Movie)

creature design(Abominable Snowman) (Special Effects)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Special Projects) (Visual Effects)
Director (3)

The Vagrant 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

'Til Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

The Fly II 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Starstruck 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (4)

House II: The Second Story 1987 (Movie)

creature effects design (Other)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

creature operator(Gremlins/Gizmo) (Other)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

creature consultant (Consultant)

Dragonslayer 1980 (Movie)

dragon mover (Other)

Biography

Leading FX wizard who first attracted attention for his makeup design on David Cronenberg's "Scanners" (1980) and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). In the mid-1980s he formed Chris Walas Inc., the company responsible for creating beings such as the "Gremlins" (1984) and the over-sized spiders of "Arachnophobia" (1990). After his ingenious work on "The Fly" (1985), Walas made his directing debut with the 1986 sequel, "The Fly II."

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California 1975

William Peterson College

New Jersey
became involved in off-Broadway theater

Milestones

1977

Joined Don Post Studios (special effects company) as painter; later promoted to designer

1975

Moved to Los Angeles

Worked freelance on films before joining George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic

Formed own company, Chris Walas Inc.

Moved to New Jersey at age 12

Began working on FX makeup for TV

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