You may not recognize his name and possibly not even his work, but Dick Smith was truly a ‘Godfather of Makeup.’ His work includes such films as: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus, and countless others. He was an innovator and the creative talent behind the makeup of so many great films.
The best thing about Smith is that his work was often hidden in plain sight. In 1985, he won an award for Amadeus. He was able to transform the ages of the stars throughout the film and his technique was so seamless that you often times didn’t even know his make up was on screen.
Smith was also a mentor to such special effects artists such as: Rick Baker, Tom Savini, Robert Kurtzman and many others. This is a great loss to the film community and we’re extremely sad to see him pass.