John Chambers


John Chambers was a make-up artist. Died at the age of 78.Throughout his career he was respected and regarded as one of the best in his field for prosthetics and special effects makeup.

For his work on the film, Chambers won an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup—an award category specifically created for Chambers and his work on the film and the first award given for makeup.

Chambers worked on the pilot episode of Mission Impossible and created the pointed ears worn by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in the original Star Trek television series. He also created Lee Marvin’s prosthetic nose for his Academy Award-winning role in Cat Ballou (1965), and a prosthetic chest for Richard Harris in A Man Called Horse (1970), where he was hung on pins for a native American initiation ceremony.

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Two make up creations from Island of the Dr. Moreau.



1882 Class Reunion (makeup designer) / (prosthetics supervisor – uncredited)
1982 Blade Runner (prosthetic makeups – uncredited)
1981 Halloween II (makeup technician – as John F. Chambers)
1980 Beyond Westworld (TV Series) (makeup artist)
1977 Dark Echo (special makeup effects artist)
1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau (makeup creator)
1976 Beauty and the Beast (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
1976 Embryo (makeup designer)
1975 Twigs (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
1975 Up from the Ape (Documentary) (makeup designer)
1974 Phantom of the Paradise (makeup designer)
1973 Sssssss (creative makeup designer)
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes (creative makeup designer)
1972 Night Gallery (TV Series) (makeup artist – 1 episode)
- You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan/Smile, Please (1972) … (makeup artist)
1972 Superbeast (special makeup artist)
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (creative makeup designer)
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five (makeup artist)
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes (creative makeup designer)
1971 The Mephisto Waltz (life masks – uncredited)
1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls(special makeup effects artist – uncredited)
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (creative makeup designer)
1968 Planet of the Apes (creative makeup designer)
1967-1968 Lost in Space (TV Series) (makeup designer – 2 episodes)
- Target: Earth (1968) … (makeup designer – uncredited)
- Space Destructors (1967) … (makeup designer – uncredited)
1967 I Spy (TV Series) (makeup artist – 1 episode)
- The War Lord (1967) … (makeup artist)
1966 Mission: Impossible (TV Series) (makeup artist – 1 episode)
- Pilot (1966) … (makeup artist)
1966 Star Trek (TV Series) (makeup designer)
1965 The Human Duplicators (special makeup effects artist)
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger (makeup artist)
1960-1961 Shirley Temple’s Storybook (TV Series) (makeup artist – 10 episodes)
- The Princess and the Goblins (1961) … (makeup artist)
- The Little Mermaid (1961) … (makeup artist)
- The Terrible Clockman (1961) … (makeup artist)
- Pippi Longstocking (1961) … (makeup artist)
- Babes in Toyland (1960) … (makeup artist)
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1961 Bobby Darin and Friends (TV Special) (makeup artist)
1960 The Steve Allen Show (TV Series) (makeup artist – 1 episode)
- Episode #5.14 (1960) … (makeup artist)
1959 Another Evening with Fred Astaire (TV Special) (special makeup effects artist: Alfred E. Neuman mask)
1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
1958 An Evening with Fred Astaire (TV Special) (makeup artist)
1958 Showdown at Boot Hill (makeup artist)
1958 Ambush at Cimarron Pass (makeup artist)
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days (makeup artist – uncredited)