Jack P Pierce

Makeup artist, Actor, Stuntman
When one mentions Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and the Mummy, one almost always thinks of the movie monsters from the 1930s and 40s, thanks to Halloween costumes, repeated showings of the classic horror ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1889 in Greece

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (34)

Beauty and the Beast 1961 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Beyond the Time Barrier 1959 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Jungle Captive 1944 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Jungle Woman 1944 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Phantom of the Opera 1942 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Wolf Man 1940 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Bride of Frankenstein 1934 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Invisible Man 1932 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Dracula 1931 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Frankenstein 1931 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Mummy 1931 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Black Angel (Movie)

(Makeup)

Cobra Woman (Movie)

(Makeup)

Diamond Jim (Movie)

(Makeup)

Dressed to Kill (Movie)

(Makeup)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

(Makeup)

House of Horrors (Movie)

(Makeup)

Love Before Breakfast (Movie)

(Makeup)

Magnificent Doll (Movie)

(Makeup)

Night Key (Movie)

(Makeup)

Pursuit to Algiers (Movie)

(Makeup)

Son of Frankenstein (Movie)

(Makeup)

Terror by Night (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Big Cat (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Black Book (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Brain from Planet Arous (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Invisible Ray (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Killers (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Mummy's Curse (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Mummy's Ghost (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Road Back (Movie)

(Makeup)

The Runaround (Movie)

(Makeup)

Biography

When one mentions Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and the Mummy, one almost always thinks of the movie monsters from the 1930s and 40s, thanks to Halloween costumes, repeated showings of the classic horror films and countless usage of the images (everything from cartoons to greeting cards). What few may be aware of, however, is that all are the work of one man, pioneering makeup artist Jack P Pierce.

Relationships

Blanche Craven

Wife

Milestones

1962

Last film makeup credit, "Beauty and the Beast"

1947

Released from Universal

1942

Created the look for Claude Rains' "The Phantom of the Opera"

1940

Designed "The Wolf Man"

1936

Appointed head of Universal Studios makeup department

1932

Created the makeup designs for "The Mummy"

1931

Designed makeup for both "Dracula" and "Frankenstein"

1928

Won acclaim for his makeup designs for Conrad Veidt for "The Man Who Laughs"

1926

Hired by Raoul Walsh to design makeup for "The Monkey Talks" (film no longer extant)

1915

Acted in, directed and designed makeup for silent films produced for Vitagraph, Lasky's Famous Players, Inspiration Pictures and Universal

Family emigrated to USA shortly after 1900 and settled in Chicago, IL

Began working in TV in the early 1950s on shows like "You Are There" and "Fireside Theatre"

Changed name to Jack P Pierce; upsetting his family

Born and raised in Greece

Pierce moved away from his family and seemingly rejected his Greek heritage

Found work as a projectionist

Worked on the TV series "Mr. Ed"

Family moved to San Francisco then to L.A. after the 1906 earthquake

Put under contract by Carl Laemmle at Universal

Became a stuntman

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