Dick Smith

Special makeup effects designer
A legendary Hollywood makeup artist of film and TV since the 1940s, Smith is considered a pioneer in the design of aging makeup and an innovator in the field of special makeup effects. He utilized layers of latex called ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1922 in Larchmont, New York, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (26)

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

creative makeup design (Makeup)

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie 1990 (Movie)

special makeup effects consultant (Special Makeup Effects)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

makeup designer(Jack Lemmon) (Makeup)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

special makeup design (Makeup)

Poltergeist III 1988 (Movie)

special makeup effects consultant (Special Makeup Effects)

Spasms 1986 (Movie)

makeup illusions (Makeup)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

(old Salieri) (Makeup)

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

makeup illusions (Makeup)

Ghost Story 1981 (Movie)

makeup illusions (Makeup)

Nighthawks 1981 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Special Makeup (Makeup)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Makeup

House of Dark Shadows 1970 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

(Makeup)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

(Makeup)

North and South (TV Show)

Makeup
Other (3)

Stephen King's Golden Years 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Consultant

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

special makeup consultant (Consultant)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Make-Up Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

A legendary Hollywood makeup artist of film and TV since the 1940s, Smith is considered a pioneer in the design of aging makeup and an innovator in the field of special makeup effects. He utilized layers of latex called "old age stipple" to age Dustin Hoffman for "Little Big Man" (1970), Marlon Brando for "The Godfather" (1972), David Bowie for "The Hunger" (1983) and F Murray Abraham for "Amadeus" (1984). The latter won Smith a long overdue Oscar. He transformed Hal Holbrook into Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln for TV and reached new heights in on-screen goo with his work on Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" (1973). Smith also pushed the limits of the young art of special makeup effects with his work on the de-evolving form of William Hurt in Ken Russell's "Altered States" (1980).

Milestones

1989

Designed old age makeup for Jack Lemmon in "Dad"

1984

Aged F. Murray Abraham to play the old Salieri in "Amadeus"

1983

Aged David Bowie for "The Hunger"

1980

First credit as special makeup consultant for David Cronenberg's "Scanners"

1977

Received his first credit for special makeup on "The Sentinel"

1973

Acclaimed for landmark makeup effects in "The Exorcist"

1972

Aged Marlon Brando in "The Godfather"

1969

Aged Dustin Hoffman for the satirical Western, "Little Big Man"

1962

Provided makeup for "Requiem for a Heavyweight", the film version of Rod Serling's celebrated 1956 TV play

1959

Left NBC

1950

Headed NBC's makeup department; supervised 20 full-time makeup artists

1948

Early feature credit, did makeup for "Call Northside 777", a semi-documentary film noir starring James Stewart

1944

Was reputedly the first makeup artist hired by NBC

Worked extensively in live TV drama on such shows as "Philco TV Playhouse" and "Goodyear TV Playhouse"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the 1920s Hollywood screenwriter, the 50s sound man, the 70s actor, or the 80s documentary producer.

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