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Dick Smith Has Passed Away, Aged 92

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.



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  1. I have always been amazed with Mr. Smith,s skills. He is the master. RIP.

  2. When we go to see a movie, it is the actor(s) we go to see, in truth we never give a thought to the people who work behind the scenes, to make the actors appear in all manner of guises, but for the talents of such men and women, many films would not have the effect they do, The Exorcist is a prime example, through the work of Dick Smith we come face to face with a malevolent evil, the shock of seeing Linda Blair in full blown possession make up, was tangible, you could hear the gasps in the auditorium, people flinching from what they had just seen, and it was this great visual which added to the raw power of the Exorcist, Smith had worked on many films, before, and after the Exorcist, but it is his work on this iconic film that he will be mostly remembered, I sure as hell won’t forget, he joins Marcel Vercoutere, special effects man from the Exorcist, who died last year, another who’s stunning work made the Exorcist what it was, may you both rest in peace, and thank you for sharing your gifts.

  3. Omg It’s so sad to see those responsible for the best horror movie of all time leaving this world…

  4. Creature_of_the_Night

    He was a genius – guys like him and Bottin and Baker.

    CGI sucks.

    Nothing beats real make-up and monsters – where the actors and actresses aren’t in front of a green screen.

    But the monster is really there.

    Best make-up and effects: Exorcist, The Thing, American Werewolf in London, Howling.

  5. What tender spirit. Great imagination and make up artist. Met him on the set of GF2.
    Will always remember that moment. Thank you Mr. Smith and RIP!

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