Dick Smith, 1922–2014


left: Dummy head by Dick Smith for The Picture of Dorian Gray (1961); right: Cover art by Michel Atkinson (aka Michel) for The Unquiet Grave (1963).

Cinema in the 1970s would have been very different without Dick Smith‘s makeup artistry.


Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man (1970).


Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972).


Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973).



Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II (1974).


Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976).


William Hurt in Altered States (1980).


David Bowie in The Hunger (1983).

3 thoughts on “Dick Smith, 1922–2014”

  1. I did that deliberately, it being the demon face from The Exorcist. Used to be that you could only see that if you paused the film when it appears for a few frames but it’s been over-exposed since, you can even find test shots and things. Friedkin himself spoiled its surreptitious creepiness by making it more obvious in his re-edited version of the film a few years ago. I think Dick Smith based it on Lon Chaney’s superb makeup for The Phantom of the Opera:


  2. The dummy head for The Picture of Dorian Gray is very similar to Ivan Albright’s painting for the Hurd Hatfield film

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