Godfather of Make-Up Dick Smith dead at 92

Famed Hollywood make-up artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. The Oscar winner worked on some of the most iconic films of the 1970s, including Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Deer Hunter, and The Stepford Wives, and he was also responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Mob boss Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
He scooped an Academy Award in 1985 for his work behind the scenes on Mozart biopic Amadeus, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2012 for his career achievements.
Born Richard Smith in 1922 in Larchmont, New York, Smith entered the TV industry upon leaving college, working at NBC for 14 years, where he pioneered the use of latex in painting on face make-up, now considered the standard technique for studio cosmetics.
He went on to become one of the most respected make-up artists in Tinseltown for his ability to make young actors appear decades older. He also wrote a book on movie cosmetics, titled Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook.
Smith, who earned the nickname ‘The Godfather of Make-Up’ during his career, died on Wednesday (30Jul14). The details of his passing had not been made public as WENN went to press.