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Rick Baker Biography

Birth Name:
Richard A. Baker
Birth Place:
Binghamton, New York, United States
Profession
Make up artist, special effects artist

Fast Facts

  • First job was working for Clokey Productions, which produced Gumby
  • Worked on Octaman (1971) while still in college
  • Won the first Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1981, for An American Werewolf in London
  • Created the werecat for Michael Jackson's Thriller video
  • Personal favorite is the work he did on Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012

Awards

  • 2010Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: nominated
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-Best Make Up & Hair: nominated
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Make Up & Hair: winner
  • 2000Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 1999Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: nominated
  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects: nominated
  • 1998Oscar-Best Achievement in Visual Effects: nominated
  • 1997BAFTA Film Awards-Best Make Up & Hair: winner
  • 1997Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Make Up & Hair: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 1994Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Achievement In Makeup For A Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Achievement In Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Special: nominated
  • 1988Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Achievement In Makeup For A Series: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Make-Up Artist: winner
  • 1984Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: nominated
  • 1981Oscar-Best Achievement in Makeup: winner
  • 1974Emmy-Outstanding Achievement In Makeup: nominated

Relationships

  • Rebecca Yvonne Baker -- Daughter
  • Veronica Paige Baker -- Daughter
  • Elaine Parkyn -- Ex-wife
  • Ralph Baker -- Father
  • Doris Hamlin Baker -- Mother