Rick Baker

Special makeup effects designer, Special effects artist, Actor
In a pop culture world bursting with science fiction and fantasy, there was perhaps no special effects makeup artist more respected, admired or sought after than Rick Baker. From humble beginnings cooking up monster ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (44)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

Maleficent Makeup Designer (Makeup)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

Alien Makeup Effects (Makeup Effects)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

Special Makeup (Special Makeup Effects)

Tron: Legacy 2010 (Movie)

Special Makeup Effects Artist(Cinovation Studio) (Special Makeup Effects)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

Hag Make-up Effects (Special Makeup Effects)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Click 2006 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Special Makeup Effects Designer/Creator (Special Makeup Effects)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)

(Makeup Designer)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Alien Makeup Effects (Makeup Effects)

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

special make-up effects designer & creator (Makeup)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Life 1999 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Modern Vampires 1999 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

special effects make-up designer & creator(Rick Baker/Cinovation Studio) (Makeup)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

alien makeup effects(Cinovation Studios) (Makeup)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

special effects make-up (Makeup)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Bela Lugosi makeup designer and creator (Makeup)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

special effects makeup (Makeup)

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Makeup

Rex 1993 (Movie)

special effects makeup (Makeup)

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

Lothar makeup creator (Makeup)

Beauty and the Beast 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Makeup

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Missing Link 1988 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

(facial transformation) (Special Makeup Effects)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

costume design(primate) (Costume Designer)

Videodrome 1983 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

special makeup effects consultant (Special Makeup Effects)

The Funhouse 1980 (Movie)

special makeup design (Makeup)

It's Alive 2 1977 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

makeup 2nd unit (Makeup)

The Incredible Melting Man 1976 (Movie)

special effects makeup (Makeup)

The Zebra Force 1975 (Movie)

(Makeup)
Actor (16)

The Strain 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

Brain Alien (Actor)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

Gypsy Man/First Killed (Actor)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Old Ape No 2 (Actor)

Prisoners of the Colombian Drug War 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: Rick Baker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Night of Movie Magic 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Making of "Baby's Day Out," The 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Drug Dealer (Actor)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Thing With Two Heads 1971 (Movie)

Gorilla (Actor)

Gorillas: Primal Contact (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (8)

Biblical Disasters 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Chain Gang Breakout 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Escape From Bosnia: The Scott O'Grady Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Escape From Cuba: A Survivor's Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Fire in Mann Gulch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Betrayed by Love (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (7)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

creature designer(Cinovation/Rick Baker crew) (Visual Effects Designer)

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

mechanical effects designer & creator (Mechanical Special Effects)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

(Gremlin and Mogwai) (Special Effects Supervisor)

Werewolf 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Visual Effects Designer

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

special effects design(part-one) (Special Effects)

Dark Avenger (TV Show)

Visual Effects

Something Is Out There (TV Show)

Mechanical Special Effects
Physical Effects (5)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

demons designer and creator(Cinovation Studio) (Puppets Design)

Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

prosthetics consultant (Prosthetics)

Something Is Out There 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Puppets Design

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

(("Harry" crew)) (Puppeteer)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive
Art Department (1)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

head sculptor(Cinovation) (Art Department)
Other (23)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

Special Makeup Effects Consultant (Consultant)

Hellboy 2004 (Movie)

Hellboy Makeup Consultant (Consultant)

Christianity: The Second Millennium 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Research

Diplomats For the Damned 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Research

66 A.D.: The Last Revolt 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Escape! Tales of Suspense 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Peter the Great: Reformer and Tyrant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Research

The Road to Rapture 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

("Mighty Joe Young" creature designer and producer) (Other)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Bates designer (Other)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

mastectomy effect (Other)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

("Judge" make-up designer) (Other)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

monster designer("Harry") (Other)

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

original baby design (Other)

Max mon amour 1986 (Movie)

chimpanzee consultant (Consultant)

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

Ratboy design (Other)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

special creature consultant (Consultant)

My Science Project 1985 (Movie)

Tyrannosaurus Rex sequence consultant (Consultant)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

Starman transformation (Other)

An American Christmas Carol 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Consultant

Tanya's Island 1979 (Movie)

beast design (Other)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

The Good Book of Love: Sex in the Bible (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Biography

In a pop culture world bursting with science fiction and fantasy, there was perhaps no special effects makeup artist more respected, admired or sought after than Rick Baker. From humble beginnings cooking up monster masks in his mother's kitchen, Baker's talent and sheer enthusiasm catapulted him from his first Hollywood job as a makeup assistant on "The Exorcist" (1973) to supervising the creation of a bevy of cantina aliens in "Star Wars" (1977) and crafting arguably the scariest post-modern wolfman in "An American Werewolf in London" (1981). Thanks in part to his work on Michael Jackson's 1983 music video "Thriller," in which he turned the pop star and his backup performers into a troupe of the dancing undead, the phrase "Rick Baker, Monster Maker" became a household name. He soon found himself crafting creatures for "Harry and the Hendersons" (1987), "Men in Black" (1997) and Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" (2001). An unabashed horror movie buff, Baker's career went into a decidedly comedic direction with his collaboration with comedian Eddie Murphy, whom he transformed into a bevy of characters, including the portly Sherman Klump in "The Nutty Professor," (1996) and its sequel. Despite advances in computer technology, and a new generation of effects artists likely inspired to join the business by the artist himself, Baker - with his graying hair pulled back into his ever-present ponytail - promised to remain a vibrant and irreplaceable force on fantastical film sets for years to come.

Relationships

Doris Baker

Mother

Silvia Abascal

Wife
Married Nobermber 10, 1987

Ralph Baker

Father

Rebecca Baker

Daughter
Born August 14, 1993 mother, Sylvia Abascal

Veronica Baker

Daughter
Born June 8, 1989 mother, Sylvia Abascal

Elaine Parkyn

Wife
Divorced in 1984

Milestones

2007

Again collaborated with Eddie Murphy for "Norbit"; earned his eleventh Academy Award nomination

2005

Credited as special makeup effects consultant for "X-Men: The Last Stand'

2004

Created Ron Perlman's look for "Hellboy"

2002

Credited for alien makeup effects in "Men in Black II'

2001

Reteamed with Tim Burton on the makeup effects for the remake of "Planet of the Apes"

2000

Won oscar for the makeup effects he designed for the box-office smash, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

2000

Reprised award-winning designs for the sequel "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"

1999

Garnered Oscar nomination for his makeup designs for "Life" co-starring Murphy

1997

Designed the makeup effects for "Men in Black"; shared the Academy Award for Best Makeup

1996

Earned an Oscar for creating the makeup effects for the remake of "The Nutty Professor" starring Eddie Murphy

1994

Co-produced the TV movie, "Betrayed By Love"

1990

Served as co-producer and special effects supervisor for the Gremlins and Mogwai in Dante's "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"

1988

Engineered Michael Jackson's facial transformation in the bestselling "Moonwalker" video

1988

Served as an associate producer on "Gorillas in the Mist" (also did special makeup effects)

1987

Created the makeup for Ron Perlman's role of Vincent, the beast on the romance series "Beauty and the Beast"

1987

Designed the werewolf for the Fox series, "Werewolf"

1986

Credited as a chimpanzee consultant on Nagisa Oshima's "Max mon amour"

1984

Credited for "costume design (primate)" for "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (also did special makeup effects)

1981

Did some of his most celebrated special makeup effects work on Landis' "An American Werewolf in London"

1980

Credited as "special makeup effects consultant" on "The Howling"

1980

Hired by Steven Spielberg to design hostile aliens for an abortive film project entitled "Night Skies"; fired by Spielberg after a heated exchange over budgetary concerns

1979

Co-wrote (with Joe Camp) the story for the children's film "The Double McGuffin"

1977

Credited for 2nd unit makeup on "Star Wars"; worked on the celebrated cantina sequence

1977

Acted in Landis' "Kentucky Fried Movie"

1976

Appeared in costume in the title role of Dino De Laurentiis' production of "King Kong"

1972

Created special effects makeup for first film, "The Thing With Two Heads"

1970

Feature debut as performer (in gorilla suit), "Schlock"; first collaboration with writer-director John Landis

Entered industry as chief lab assistant to celebrated makeup artist Dick Smith

Special effects sculptor for TV commercials including "Block buster" for Vicks Sinex, "King Kong" for Volkswagen and "Cowardly Cat" for Purina

Utilized his "Night Skies" crew as the nucleus for his own London-based makeup effects company, EFX Inc.

Worked as a puppet designer for Clokey Studios

Bonus Trivia

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"When I heard they were doing 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,' I pursued it and it didn't happen. At the time I was disappointed, but then I saw the movie." - Baker quoted in EW, June 30-July 7, 2000

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