Rick Baker Gets A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

Oscar Winning Make-Up Artist Rick Baker Receives A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Normally we don’t cover this sort of thing at Bloody-Disgusting, we’re not an award-centric bunch. But this is Rick Baker we’re talking about. Even if you’re not familiar with his name I guarantee that, as a BD reader, he has touched your life in some way. Proof? Okay… An American Werewolf In London, Star Wars, Videodrome, Starman, Silver Bullet, Captain EO, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Harry And The Hendersons, Gremlins 2, Ed Wood, Wolf, The Frighteners, Escape From L.A., Men In Black, The Devil’s Advocate, The Ring, Hellboy 2, The Wolfman Remake… the list goes on.

Baker is at least partially responsible, and in most cases almost 100% responsible, for the outstanding special effects makeup and creature designs in those projects. He’s also won 7 Oscars for best makeup, first winning for AWIL in 1981 (the year the category itself started), and has been nominated for an additional 5 Academy Awards. He’s also won a sh*tload of Saturn Awards.

Which is why it makes sense that a throng of people (including yours truly) gathered, in what amounts to torrential rain by LA standards, to see him receive his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame this morning. Though the event was in part to celebrate today’s release of the better-than-expected Men In Black 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, it was really about paying homage to his entire body of work. Directors Guillermo Del Toro (whom Baker most recently worked with on Hellboy 2) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Baker worked on all three Men In Black films) were onhand to pay tribute to their colleague. Sonnenfeld characterized Baker as writer as well as a designer, breathing stories and verisimilitude into his work. Del Toro, meanwhile, praised Baker as an “actor” in his own right – his creations being a performance of their own. Near the end of the ceremony, a representative for the Guiness Book Of World records who presented him with plaques for “Most Oscar Wins” and “Most Oscar Nominations” for a makeup artist.

Head inside for a few photos from the event! Also, what’s your favorite Rick Baker creature?

Photo credit: Eric Charbonneau

 
  • lupinlevorace

    Nice article, although a little word about the fact that the legendary Dick Smith was present (3rd photo from the left) would have been nicer… :)

  • Canucklehead

    Guys like Baker, Dick Smith and Rob Bottin (Carpenter’s The Thing) put all of the CGI drivel to shame. Aboot time that his work was recognized.

    • TrackRecord162

      U are so right. Especially Bottin who 4 me is a personal favorite and always dazzled me with each film he did!!

  • doomas10

    Rick Baker is a god when it comes to make up effects. Who can forget the transformation of MJ in thriller? That scared the shit out of me…and I was (believe it) 17 when I watched it for the first time. His work is timeless and classy I believe. It’s too see that even make up artists get their own star in the walk of fame. The guy deserves it (and also many others too – Rob Bottin anyone?)

  • mfcmk1

    Well deserved!

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Tried to rent AWIL last night and all the copies were signed out – goes to show that 30 years later even his earliest work still has a huge impact.

  • Remember-Slithis

    Respect that has been way overdue!Congrats!

  • TrackRecord162

    U did right by coveringthis event. This is a very flattering milestone in the life of this great special effects wizard. Congratulations 2 Mr. Baker!

  • Evan3

    Congrats to Rick Baker, and long live practical fx