Born December 8, 1950.
He started to work doing miniature puppets for animation on Art Cloakey company, for TV shows like The Gumby Show81968) or Davey and Goliath (1971)
His first creature for feature films was for the low budget film Octoman (1971). He worked as makeup assistant of Dick Smith on The Exorcist (1973)
For Dino de Laurentiis remake of King Kong (1976) Rick Baker created the Kong suit and played the role of the giant gorilla.
Baker won the Academy Award for Best Makeup a record seven times from a record eleven nominations, beginning when he won the inaugural award for An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Formed the Cinovation Studios in 1981.
Holds the record for the most Oscar wins and nominations bestowed upon makeup artists. He has been nominated a total of twelve times with seven wins (An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), The Grinch (2000) and The Wolfman (2010)
Closed his studio and retired from the motion picture industry on May 28, 2015.
Rick Baker modeling on clay for An American Werewolf in London.
Baker working on an ape head for Greystoke. The legend of Tarzan, Lord of the apes (1984)
Rick Baker touching up one of the prosthetics head for Planet of the apes (2001)