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Encyclopedia > Rick Baker

Richard A. "Rick" Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects.

His extensive makeup work has ranged from low to high-budget film and TV projects, including The Thing with Two Heads (1972), The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman (1974), Star Wars (1977), An American Werewolf in London (1981) (for which he won the first special effects Academy Award), the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987 - 9), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), The Rocketeer (1991), both Men in Black movies (1997 and 2002), both The Nutty Professor movies (1996 and 2000), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Haunted Mansion (2003), and Hellboy (2004).

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Rick Baker - Planet (2236 words)
Baker did not become reinvolved until Tim Burton signed to direct in March 2000.  While Baker carried over his methodologies for realizing the apes from earlier efforts, there was a time when the various creatures’ visages remained up in the air.
Baker had always been troubled by the lack of differentiation among background apes in the original film.“It looked like there was really only one design sculpted and used for all chimps, with a second design for orangutans and a third for the gorillas,” reports Baker, “and these were reused throughout.
Baker discovered that some of his early design efforts were no longer applicable as a result of late casting choices.
Baker Rick (551 words)
Rick Baker was born in Birmingham, N.Y. on December 8th, 1950.
Late in '72 Baker was hired as an assistant to the legendary make-up god Dick Smith on "The Exorcist".
Baker would follow-up Star Wars with Cocoon, Gorillas in the Mist, Batman Forever, the Nutty Professor, Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rocketeer, Harry and the Hendersons, Planet of the Apes, Nutty Professor II, Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, and others.
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