Life and Work
Dick Smith is famous throughout the film world as the ultimate master of special makeup effects. Over a career that spanned six decades, Dick astonished and entertained millions of moviegoers, thus becoming a legend in his own time.
In acknowledgment of Dick’s unique role in advancing the makeup profession, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him not once but twice, first with a special tribute ceremony in 2009 and again in 2011 with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Dick was also famous for his boundless generosity of spirit. He loved helping other artists and was always there when they needed him with information and just as importantly, a sympathetic ear. Dick became a father figure as well as artistic mentor to many artists and had a profound impact on their lives.