Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of “The Godfather of Make-Up” Dick Smith on Wednesday, 30 July 2014, aged 92.
He was responsible for the groundbreaking special effects make-up seen in The Exorcist; turning little Linda Blair into a possessed demon and precisely aging Max von Sydow several decades.
Dick Smith worked on classics like The Godfather and Taxi Driver in his 60 year career. He mentored renowned make-up artist Rick Baker who was on the set of The Exorcist as a young apprentice. In 2012 The Academy honored him with a Governors Award, the very highest and most prestigious type of Oscar.
A true pioneer, a game-changer, a leader, a genius in his field. “There is only one…” and he will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Rest in Peace, Richard Emerson Smith, and thank you.