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World renowned makeup artist, Dick Smith, died at the spry age of 92.

Smith gave his career a good foundation by working at NBC for 14 years, pioneering in the development of latex and plastics used in quick-change applications.

Smith was no concealer.  He applied himself to write a book: Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook.  Which was translated in China as “The Joan Rivers Story.”

His resume is enough to make you blush.  He made Dustin Hoffman into an old man (before time did) in “Little Big Man.”  For “Taxi Driver,” he had to put up with Robert DeNiro looking at him in the mirror, constantly saying, “You powderin’ me?”  (He hated DeNiro).  For the Exorcist, he made Linda Blair look like Jocelyn Wildenstein (Google it).

Dick Smith, (right) at his bachelor party.  it was a rager.

Dick Smith, (right) at his bachelor party. it was a rager.

He pored his best work into Marlon Brando  when he made him look like Don Corleone.  The makeup done in that movie was so convincing, that Brando kept it on so he could go out to do his favorite thing in the world: eat.  He would go into restaurants with the makeup on so that he wouldn’t be recognized.  You did not want to fuck with Brando when he was eating.

Smith was considered the primer for modern movie makeup.  Many of the techniques he developed in the 60s are still used today.

And in “Mission: Impossible,” man, when Peter Graves would take those latex masks off… I swore that he was a completely different actor in that makeup!  It was fucking amazing!  …wait… that wasn’t makeup?  The mask was fake?  It was just a cheesy special effect?  Oh, man.  Dick Smith wasn’t all that great then.

This hit goes to…. well, who else is gonna have an old Hollywood makeup artist?  GIANNA!  She is now tied with me… which we all know is no big shakes.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 190 (Ariel Sharon – 20, Philip Seymour Hoffman – 60, Peaches Geldof – 80, Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter – 30)

Tailgating with Jesus: – 120 (Jerry Coleman – 20, Ralph Kiner – 10, William Clay Ford – 20, Ralph Wilson -10, Jack Ramsay – 20, Don Zimmer – 20, Chuck Noll – 20)

Joanne: 100 (Ace Parker – 0, Nelson Mandela – 10,  Ray Price – 20, Maximilian Schell – 20, Connie Marrero – 0, Al Feldstein – 20, Casey Kasem – 20, Eli Wallach – 10)

“Imaginary” Steve: 100 (Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci – 10, Cardinal Ricardo Carles Gordo – 20, Emmanuel III Delly – 20, Marco (Polo!) Cé – 20, Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy – 10, Cardinal Bernard Agre – 20)

Starving Writer: – 100 (James Avery – 6’ 5” – 40, L’Wren Scott – 6’4” – 60)

Gianna: 90 (Tom Laughlin – 20, Alicia Rhett – 10, Mae Young – 10, Ruth Robinson Duccini – 10, Pete Seeger – 10, Fred Phelps – 20, Marc Platt – 0, Dick Smith – 10)

SPMI: 90 (Peter O’Toole – 20, Joan Fontaine – 10, Sid Caesar – 10, Dave “Sick-motehrfucker” Herman – 30, Terry Richards – 20)

Babysitter: 70 (Mikhail Kalashnikov – 10, Russell Johnson – 20, Mickey Rooney – 10, Ann B. Davis! – 20, Stephanie Kwolek – 10)

Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House): – 60 (Frederick Sanger – 10, Maxine Kumin – 20, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. – 10, Gary Becker – 20)

Dick in Town: 50 (Hiroo Onoda – 10, Dick “Dickie” Jones – 20, Elaine Stritch – 20)

Team Sushi: – 50 (Bob Hoskins – 30, Maya Angelou – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 50 (Eleanor Parker – 10, Dave Madden – 20, Ralph Waite – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 40 (Ronnie Biggs – 20, Harold Camping – 10, Dick Ayers – 10)

Nora the Explorer: 30 (Jeremiah Denton – 20, Ruby Dee – 10)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Shirley Temple Black – 20)

Carol’s 1%: 20 (Harold Simmons – 20)

 

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