Rick Baker

Rick Baker

  • Birthday: 1950-12-08
  • Place of birth: Binghamton, New York, USA
  • Also know as: Richard A. Baker

Biography

Richard A. Baker (born December 8, 1950) is a retired American special make-up effects creator and actor, mostly known for his creature effects and designs. Baker won the Academy Award for Best Makeup a record seven times from a record eleven nominations, beginning when he won the inaugural award for the 1981 film An American Werewolf in London. As a teen, Baker began creating artificial body parts in his own kitchen. He also appeared briefly in the fan production The Night Turkey, a one-hour, black-and-white video parody of The Night Stalker directed by William Malone. Baker's first professional job was as an assistant to prosthetic makeup effects veteran Dick Smith on the 1973 film The Exorcist. While working on The Exorcist, Baker was hired by director Larry Cohen to design and create a mutant infant for Cohen's 1974 film It's Alive. Baker received the inaugural Academy Award for Best Makeup for his work on An American Werewolf in London. He also created the werewolf creature Michael Jackson transforms into in the music video Thriller. Subsequently, Baker has been nominated for the Best Makeup Oscar ten more times, winning on seven occasions, both records in his field. Baker claims that his work on Harry and the Hendersons is one of his proudest achievements.[8] On October 3, 2009, he received the Jack Pierce – Lifetime Achievement Award title of the Chiller-Eyegore Awards.[9] He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2008. He also contributes commentaries to the web series Trailers from Hell for trailers about horror and science fiction films. Baker received the 2485th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012. The star is located in front of the Guinness World Records Museum. Baker announced his retirement on May 28, 2015: "First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do. It's also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don't think I will have a huge working studio anymore."

Filmography

Monsterland

2009

As Himself

I Walked with a Werewolf

2009

As Himself

Birth Pains

2015

As himself

Ed Wood: Making Bela

2004

As Himself

Keep the Gaslight Burning

2018

As Mr Maxwell

Teddy Scares

2006

As Hester Golem (voice)

King Kong! The Living Legend

1986

As Self / King Kong

The Road to Dracula

1999

As Himself

Into the Night

1985

As Drug Dealer

The Sci-Fi Boys

2006

As Self

Michael Jackson's Thriller

1983

As Zombie Opening the Crypt (uncredited)

AGFA MYSTERY MIXTAPE #1

2020

As Himself

The Perfect Scary Movie

2005

As Himself

The Thing with Two Heads

1972

As Gorilla

The Kentucky Fried Movie

1977

As Dino (segment "A.M. Today") (as Richard A. Baker)

Planet of the Apes

2001

As Old Ape #2

Men in Black II

2002

As MIB Passport Control Agent

Cult of Terror

2017

As Self - Make-up Designer

Men in Black 3

2012

As Brain Alien

King Kong

1976

As King Kong

Production

Schlock

1973

As Makeup Artist

Octaman

1971

As Costume Design

Ed Wood

1994

As Makeup Designer

Squirm

1976

As Makeup Designer

Track of the Moon Beast

1976

As Makeup Artist

Videodrome

1983

As Makeup Effects Designer

Maleficent

2014

As Makeup Artist

The Wolfman

2010

As Makeup Effects Designer

Altered States

1980

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

The Wolfman

2010

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Ghost Story

1981

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Norbit

2007

As Makeup Artist

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

1999

As Makeup Effects Designer

Wild Wild West

1999

As Makeup Effects Designer

Michael Jackson's Thriller

1983

As Makeup Effects Designer

The Nutty Professor

1996

As Makeup Effects Designer

Cop Killers

1977

As Makeup Artist

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

2000

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Matinee

1993

As Makeup Artist

Ghosts

1997

As Makeup Artist

Star Wars

1977

As Makeup Artist

An American Christmas Carol

1979

As Makeup Artist

Captain EO

1986

As Makeup Artist

The Frighteners

1996

As Makeup Artist

Escape from L.A.

1996

As Makeup Artist

King Kong

1976

As Makeup Artist

An American Werewolf in London

1981

As Makeup Artist

Men in Black II

2002

As Makeup Artist

Baby's Day Out

1994

As Makeup Artist

The Fury

1978

As Makeup Artist

It Lives Again

1978

As Makeup Artist

Harry and the Hendersons

1987

As Makeup Artist

Mighty Joe Young

1998

As Makeup Artist

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

1981

As Makeup Artist

The Rocketeer

1991

As Makeup Artist

The Empire Strikes Back

1980

As Makeup Artist

Summer School

1987

As Makeup Artist

Ghost Story

1981

As Makeup Artist

Batman Forever

1995

As Makeup Artist

Altered States

1980

As Makeup Artist

Coming to America

1988

As Makeup Artist

Missing Link

1988

As Makeup Artist

The Ring

2002

As Makeup Artist

The Howling

1981

As Makeup Artist

Men in Black 3

2012

As Makeup Artist

The Funhouse

1981

As Makeup Artist

Ratboy

1986

As Makeup Artist

Body Bags

1993

As Makeup Artist

The Dark Avenger

1990

As Makeup Artist

Men in Black

1997

As Makeup Artist

Psycho

1998

As Makeup Artist

The Incredible Melting Man

1977

As Makeup Artist

Black Caesar

1973

As Makeup Artist

My Science Project

1985

As Makeup Artist

TRON: Legacy

2010

As Makeup Artist

Zebra Force

1976

As Makeup Artist

Gorillas in the Mist

1988

As Makeup Artist

Wolf

1994

As Makeup Artist

It's Alive

1974

As Makeup Artist

It's Alive

1974

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Click

2006

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Cursed

2005

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Black Caesar

1973

As Makeup Designer

Enchanted

2007

As Special Effects Makeup Artist

Bone

1972

As Makeup Designer

Max My Love

1986

As Makeup Effects Designer

Videodrome

1983

As Makeup Effects

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1990

As Special Effects

Mighty Joe Young

1998

As Special Effects

It Lives Again

1978

As Makeup Effects

The Thing with Two Heads

1972

As Special Effects

Ghosts

1997

As Makeup Effects

Tanya's Island

1980

As Special Effects

The Ring

2002

As Makeup Effects

Matinee

1993

As Makeup Effects

The Fury

1978

As Makeup Effects

Schlock

1973

As Special Effects

Coming to America

1988

As Makeup Effects

The Exorcist

1973

As Special Effects Assistant

An American Werewolf in London

1981

As Makeup Effects

Black Caesar

1973

As Special Effects

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1990

As Creature Design

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1990

As Special Effects Supervisor

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