Dick Emerson Smith

By mcrmy
  • Date of birth

    Date of birth
    Born in Larchmont, New York, US
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  • Went to Yale

    Went to Yale
    Studied pre-med, with the intention of entering dentistry, although he majored in zoology.
  • Started At WNBC

    Started At WNBC
    He started his career doing makeup working at the New York news station WNBC and worked there for 14 years
  • The Moon And Sixpence

    The Moon And Sixpence
    There were many makeup changes until Laurence Olivier died of leprosy. It was videotaped it in three long days.
  • Way Out

    Way Out
    Macabre stories. Fantasy and science fiction television anthology series hosted by writer Roald Dahl.
  • DIY Monster Makeup Handbook

    DIY Monster Makeup Handbook
    Contains instructions for transforming your face into fifteen monsters using make-up and other materials. Out of publication.
  • 2 episodes of Dark Shadows

    2 episodes of Dark Shadows
    It was a rush job doing a 100+ year-old makeup on Jonathan Frid but turned out to be valuable preparation for Little Big Man. He attempted blinking eyelids with partial success. Overlapping appliances covered the face and neck.
  • Little Big Man

    Little Big Man
    Smith created a 121-year-old makeup on Dustin Hoffman. He did extensive research and spent six weeks sculpting the overlapping appliances for the head and hands.
  • The Godfather

    The Godfather
    Dick Smith created the first ever bleeding special fx makeup using little pockets of blood under a foam or latex forhead to depict the characters that had been shot in the movie
  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist
    Has been regarded as one of the best horror films in history. Named the scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 1999.The Exorcist contained a number of special effects and is seen as a mark in history for FX makeup, all engineered by Dick Smith.
  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver
    From this film on, Dick Smith did not do makeup on any film for the entire production, only special FX makeup. In this movie he did some bloody makeup effects and DeNiro's crew-cut and bald head for Taxi Driver. He used a plastic cap and invented a way of blowing on chopped-up hair to look shaven.
  • Amadeus

    Dick Smith won 2 awards for this movie and his only task was to age the acto to around 80. He won 2 an oscar in 1984, and the British Academy Award in 1985, both awards were won for Old age makeup
  • Dad

    Businessman John Tremont (Ted Danson) has never had to worry about his father, Jake (Jack Lemmon). But, when his mother dies, John suddenly realizes that the defiant, proud and aging man needs someone to look after him.
  • Death Becomes Her

    Death Becomes Her
    When a novelist loses her man to a movie star and former friend, she winds up in a psychiatric hospital. Years later, she returns home to confront the now-married couple, looking radiant. Her ex-husband's new wife wants to know her secret, and discovers that she has been taking a mysterious drug which grants eternal life to the person who drinks it. The actress follows suit, but discovers that immortality has a price.
  • Forever Young

    Forever Young
    fter his true love (Isabel Glasser) falls in a coma, test pilot Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) undergoes suspended animation in a military experiment conducted by his friend Harry Finley (George Wendt), supposed to last a year.
  • House On A Haunted Hill

    House On A Haunted Hill
    Remake of the original 1959 film.
  • Date of death

    Date of death
    Died in Los Angeles, California aged 92