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: 12/08/1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA


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)

(Makeup Designer)

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

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)


Rex 1993 (Movie)

special effects makeup (Makeup)

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

Lothar makeup creator (Makeup)

Beauty and the Beast 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)


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)

costume design(primate) (Costume Designer)

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

(Special Makeup Effects)

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)


Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

makeup 2nd unit (Makeup)

The Incredible Melting Man 1976 (Movie)

special effects makeup (Makeup)

The Zebra Force 1975 (Movie)

Actor (19)

Le complexe de Frankenstein 2016 (Movie)


The Strain 2014 (Tv Show)


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)


Dark Reel 2005 (Movie)

First Mate (Actor)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

MIB Passport Control Agent (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Old Ape No 2 (Actor)

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


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


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


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


King Kong: The Living Legend 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Drug Dealer (Actor)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)


The Thing With Two Heads 1971 (Movie)

Gorilla (Actor)

Gorillas: Primal Contact (TV Show)

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)


Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Betrayed by Love (TV Show)

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)
Art Department (1)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

head sculptor(Cinovation) (Art Department)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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)


Diplomats For the Damned 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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)


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)


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


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.


Doris Baker


Silvia Abascal

Married Nobermber 10, 1987

Ralph Baker


Rebecca Baker

Born August 14, 1993 mother, Sylvia Abascal

Veronica Baker

Born June 8, 1989 mother, Sylvia Abascal

Elaine Parkyn

Divorced in 1984



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


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


Created Ron Perlman's look for "Hellboy"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Designed the werewolf for the Fox series, "Werewolf"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Acted in Landis' "Kentucky Fried Movie"


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


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


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


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

Worked as a puppet designer for Clokey Studios

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

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

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