Makeup Artist Rick Baker to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Monster kids worldwide are rejoicing. Makeup Artist Rick Baker, known to his fans as MonsterBaker or Rick Baker, Monster Maker is among the 24 celebrities announced Friday as the 2013 class of Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipients.
The 61-year old Baker received the inaugural Academy Award for Best Makeup for his work on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON in 1983. He also created the “werecat” creature Michael Jackson transforms into in the 1983 music video Thriller. Baker has been nominated for the Best Makeup Oscar ten more times, winning on seven occasions, both records in his field. He also won the Best Make-up Oscar for HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1988 – which he claims is one of his proudest achievements), ED WOOD (1995), THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1997), MEN IN BLACK (1998), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2001), and THE WOLFMAN (2011)
“The Walk of Fame committee is proud to announce next year’s honorees whose additions to the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame will bring everlasting memories of their star power, talent and popularity to the millions who visit Hollywood each year and which will shine even more light on the entertainment capital of the world,” said David Green, chairman of the selection committee. Javier Bardem, Ron Howard and Helen Mirren were among the other movie-related celebrities announced Friday as the 2013 class of Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipients.
The recipients were chosen from among hundreds of nominations submitted to the committee. The final list was approved by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
Recipients have five years to schedule their star ceremony from the date of selection. A cost of $30,000 is associated for the creation and maintenance of the star, typically paid by a sponsor.