Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dick Smith | Makeup master, 92

Dick Smith, 92, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated, and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in The Godfather and Linda Blair in The Exorcist among many others, has died.

Mr. Smith, the first makeup artist to win an Academy Award for lifetime achievement, died Wednesday night in California of natural causes.

Widely regarded as the master in his field, Mr. Smith helped pioneer such now-standard materials as liquid foam latex to make special effects more realistic and spectacular.

With Mr. Smith on hand, the middle-aged Brando was transformed into the jowly patriarch Vito Corleone, the teenage Blair into a scarred and wild-eyed demon, and William Hurt into a mass of protoplasm for Altered States. - AP

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