Makeup and Effects Maestro Rick Baker Gets His Star

Surprised he didn’t already have one? Me too. It probably has nothing to do with him not being famous enough. The nomination process is way mysterious/arbitrary and receiving the honor involves paying a hefty fee to have the star installed, which is like winning an Academy Award and getting billed for the trophy.

Either way, the creator of the marvelous effects in An American Werewolf in London, Thriller, Star Wars, Men in Black and so many others is finally getting his. No matter how meaningless a star on the Walk of Fame may be, it’s always good to see mainstream recognition for such an obscure, unheralded genre personality.

I hope they put it next to Stan Winston’s.

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