Legendary Hollywood makeup artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. Smith’s protege, Rick Baker, tweeted the news this morning saying: “The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.”
Smith’s iconic work appeared in films like “The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Exorcist,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Altered States,” “Little Big Man,” “Death Becomes Her,” “The Hunger,” “Starman” and “Amadeus” for which he won the Oscar.
Smith began his makeup career in television in the 1940s before later expanding to the world of film. He pioneered the method of applying prosthetics made from foam latex in small pieces, making the makeup appear more natural, as opposed to the previous standard of applying a latex mask as one solid piece. He was also one of the early pioneers of combining make-up with on-set special effects.