The genius behind some of cinemas most incredible transformations, make-up artist and special-effects maestro Rick Baker is now officially among the Hollywood elite with his own star on the Walk Of Fame – and not before time.
Baker began work in film during the early 1970s with creative supporting tasks on William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST, Larry Cohen’s cult horror fave IT’S ALIVE, STAR WARS and the notorious Jeff Bridges-led remake of KING KONG. However, his jaw-dropping work on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON cemented his reputation and in-turn winning the first ever Oscar for ‘Best Make-Up Effects’ with John Landis’ 1981 classic, comic-horror.
Since then, he has won a further six Academy Awards from work on family favourite HARRY & THE HENDERSONS, Tim Burton’s ED WOOD, Eddie Murphy comedy THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, blockbuster MEN IN BLACK, Dr Seuss HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and most recently, THE WOLFMAN. He’s also been nominated and missed out another five times but we can forgive him for NORBIT.
Check out some images below from the ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues an one that marks the 2,485th star in the iconic location.