Makeup artist extraordinaire Dick Smith passed away last week (July 30th) at the age of 92. While not as recognized as the actors and directors he worked with, Dick Smith was a consummate professional. He won the Academy Award for Best Make-Up with Paul LeBlanc for their work on Amadeus (1984) and was nominated for Dad (1989). In 2012, he was presented with an honorary Oscar.
While I am especially aware of make-up because my daughter is a make-up artist, I was a fan of Dick Smith’s work from the moment I saw Dustin Hoffman’s old age makeup in Little Big Man (1970). Netflix does not have a way to look up make-up artists but I looked up individual movies of his (The Godfather, Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, etc.). The only two I found streaming were Stephen King’s Golden Years and Starman.
Rest in Peace Dick Smith – you will be missed.