Born: September 5, 1914 in Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Died: February 5, 2013 in London, England, UK
He started out at the Denham studios in the 1930s, where he worked under the auspices of Alexander Korda on films like on Rembrandt (1936). He also worked on another biopic, Herbert Wilcox’s Victoria the Great (1937)
Freeborn created alec Guinnes Fagin make upo on David Lean’s Oliver Twist (1948)Freeborn was a master of transforming people into lookalikes, including making Robert Morley in Oscar Wilde (1960), Richard Attenborough into John Christie in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Simon Ward into Young Winston (1972).
The relationship with Strangelove’s director Stanley Kubrick continued with 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968), one of Freeborn’s most challenging projects creating the ape man suits and the old age make up for Keir Dullea. Although probably the most famous creations of Stuart Freeborn were the ones me made for George Lucas Star Wars trilogy. Being his most remembered creatures Chewbacca and Yoda.
Stuart Freeborn was responsible for the make-up and ape costumes for Kubrick´s 2001 (1968)
He also made the old age make-up for actor Keir Dullea.