RIP Dick Smith, Makeup Artist of The Godfather and so many more


Dick Smith, who made flesh peel from famous actors’ faces, who made the young old and the beautiful hideous and who transformed a girl into a particularly possessed tween — all while working as one of film and television’s most original and accomplished makeup artists, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 92.

His death was confirmed in a Twitter message by his friend Rick Baker, an Academy Award-winning makeup artist who was once his assistant.

Before computers claimed so much of the simulated gore and metamorphosis depicted in modern moviemaking, Mr. Smith did his work with plaster life masks, liquid foam latex and painstaking perfectionism.

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