Rick Baker

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 ...

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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

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A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung-fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Marilyn Joi  •  Evan C. Kim  •  Saul Kahan  •  Bong Soo Han

A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung-fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Marilyn Joi  •  Evan C. Kim  •  Saul Kahan  •  Bong Soo Han

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Into the Night (1985)

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Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

King Kong (1976)

In this remake of the 1933 classic, an oil company expedition disturbs the peace of a giant ape and brings him back to New York to exploit him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Jessica Lange  •  Charles Grodin  •  John Randolph

In this remake of the 1933 classic, an oil company expedition disturbs the peace of a giant ape and brings him back to New York to exploit him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Jessica Lange  •  Charles Grodin  •  John Randolph

Men in Black II (2002)

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Will Smith  •  Rip Torn  •  Lara Flynn Boyle

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Will Smith  •  Rip Torn  •  Lara Flynn Boyle

Planet of the Apes (2001)

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After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Tim Roth  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Michael Clarke Duncan

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Tim Roth  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Michael Clarke Duncan

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Charles Grodin  •  Ned Beatty  •  Henry Gibson

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Charles Grodin  •  Ned Beatty  •  Henry Gibson

The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Frost
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Rosey Grier  •  Don Marshall  •  Roger Perry

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Frost
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Rosey Grier  •  Don Marshall  •  Roger Perry

RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' (2005)

An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of the 1933 production “King Kong,” one of the most influential films ever made.  (more)

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CAST:  Sam Fontana  •  Phil Tippett  •  Rick Baker  •  Joe Dante

An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of the 1933 production “King Kong,” one of the most influential films ever made.  (more)

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CAST:  Sam Fontana  •  Phil Tippett  •  Rick Baker  •  Joe Dante

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983)

Featuring interviews with director John Landis, make-up artist Rick Baker, and the King of Pop himself, Making Michael Jackson's Thriller takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey from pre-production to shooting on the ghoulish graveyard set of Michael Jackson's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Kramer
CAST:  Michael Jackson  •  John Landis  •  Rick Baker  •  Ola Ray

Featuring interviews with director John Landis, make-up artist Rick Baker, and the King of Pop himself, Making Michael Jackson's Thriller takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey from pre-production to shooting on the ghoulish graveyard set of Michael Jackson's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Kramer
CAST:  Michael Jackson  •  John Landis  •  Rick Baker  •  Ola Ray

He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce (2008)

Tribute to Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce who created some of the studio's most famous works including Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy and countless other creatures. Rick Baker, Tom Savini, Howard Berger, Bob Burns, Scott Essman, Kim Newman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Constantine Nasr
CAST:  Nick Dudman  •  Kevin Haney  •  Rick Baker  •  Scott Essman

Tribute to Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce who created some of the studio's most famous works including Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy and countless other creatures. Rick Baker, Tom Savini, Howard Berger, Bob Burns, Scott Essman, Kim Newman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Constantine Nasr
CAST:  Nick Dudman  •  Kevin Haney  •  Rick Baker  •  Scott Essman

Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' (2009)

Twenty five years on, the original cast and crew look back on the John Landis classic, An American Werewolf In London.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davis
CAST:  Paul Davis  •  Rick Baker  •  Jenny Agutter  •  Griffin Dunne

Twenty five years on, the original cast and crew look back on the John Landis classic, An American Werewolf In London.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davis
CAST:  Paul Davis  •  Rick Baker  •  Jenny Agutter  •  Griffin Dunne

The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. This is the story of the Sci-Fi Boys, who started out as kids ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davids
CAST:  Peter Jackson  •  Ray Harryhausen  •  Leonard Maltin  •  Forrest J. Ackerman

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. This is the story of the Sci-Fi Boys, who started out as kids ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davids
CAST:  Peter Jackson  •  Ray Harryhausen  •  Leonard Maltin  •  Forrest J. Ackerman

Monsterland (2009)

A documentary directed by Jörg Buttgereit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jörg Buttgereit
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  John Carpenter  •  Joe Dante  •  H.R. Giger

A documentary directed by Jörg Buttgereit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jörg Buttgereit
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  John Carpenter  •  Joe Dante  •  H.R. Giger

Partners in Time: The Making of MIB 3 (2012)

Go behind the scenes and on the set of Men In Black 3.  (more)

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CAST:  Barry Sonnenfeld  •  Will Smith  •  Alice Eve  •  Jemaine Clement

Go behind the scenes and on the set of Men In Black 3.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Barry Sonnenfeld  •  Will Smith  •  Alice Eve  •  Jemaine Clement

Men in Black 3 (2012)

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Agents J and K are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Josh Brolin  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Agents J and K are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Josh Brolin  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Charlie Gemora: Uncredited (2016)

A portrait of painter, sculptor, makeup artist, set designer and inventor Charlie Gemora.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. L. Barnett
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  Bob Burns  •  Diana Gemora  •  Robert Short

A portrait of painter, sculptor, makeup artist, set designer and inventor Charlie Gemora.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. L. Barnett
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  Bob Burns  •  Diana Gemora  •  Robert Short

Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex (2015)

The Frankenstein Complex takes a historical as well as a creative perspective, with a mix of fascinating scenes behind the camera, film clips, and dozens of interviews with all the big names in the industry. In addition to the many wonderful anecdotes, the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilles Penso  •  Alexandre Poncet
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  Joe Dante  •  Guillermo del Toro  •  Phil Tippett

The Frankenstein Complex takes a historical as well as a creative perspective, with a mix of fascinating scenes behind the camera, film clips, and dozens of interviews with all the big names in the industry. In addition to the many wonderful anecdotes, the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilles Penso  •  Alexandre Poncet
CAST:  Rick Baker  •  Joe Dante  •  Guillermo del Toro  •  Phil Tippett

The Scanners Way: Creating the Special Effects in 'Scanners' (2014)

This Documentary goes over how the special effects in the 1981 film "Scanners" were done.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lennick
CAST:  Chris Walas  •  Gary Zeller  •  Mark Irwin  •  Stephan Dupuis

This Documentary goes over how the special effects in the 1981 film "Scanners" were done.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lennick
CAST:  Chris Walas  •  Gary Zeller  •  Mark Irwin  •  Stephan Dupuis

Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. (2010)

A short documentary about the classic Universal Monster actor, Lon Chaney, Jr.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Constantine Nasr
CAST:  Gregory W. Mank  •  Kim Newman  •  Kerry Gammill  •  Steve Haberman

A short documentary about the classic Universal Monster actor, Lon Chaney, Jr.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Constantine Nasr
CAST:  Gregory W. Mank  •  Kim Newman  •  Kerry Gammill  •  Steve Haberman
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