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Also Known As: Jack Pierce, Janus Piccoulas, Jack P. Pierce Died: July 19, 1968
Born: May 5, 1889 Cause of Death: uremia
Birth Place: Greece Profession: makeup artist, stuntman, assistant director, projectionist, actor, cameraman, newspaper vendor

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When one mentions Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and the Mummy, one almost always thinks of the movie monsters from the 1930s and 40s, thanks to Halloween costumes, repeated showings of the classic horror films and countless usage of the images (everything from cartoons to greeting cards). What few may be aware of, however, is that all are the work of one man, pioneering makeup artist Jack P Pierce.

When one mentions Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man and the Mummy, one almost always thinks of the movie monsters from the 1930s and 40s, thanks to Halloween costumes, repeated showings of the classic horror films and countless usage of the images (everything from cartoons to greeting cards). What few may be aware of, however, is that all are the work of one man, pioneering makeup artist Jack P Pierce.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Gun Runner (1969) Assistant Director
2.
  Let There Be Boys (1969) Director
3.
  Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926) Assistant Director
4.
  Wolf Tracks (1923) Assistant Director
5.
  Desert Rider (1923) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Masquerade (1929) 2d reporter
3.
 The Speed Demon (1925) Pickles Rankin
4.
 The Man Who Waited (1922) Black Pete
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Born and raised in Greece
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Family emigrated to USA shortly after 1900 and settled in Chicago, IL
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Changed name to Jack P Pierce; upsetting his family
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Family moved to San Francisco then to L.A. after the 1906 earthquake
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Pierce moved away from his family and seemingly rejected his Greek heritage
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Found work as a projectionist
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Became a stuntman
1915:
Acted in, directed and designed makeup for silent films produced for Vitagraph, Lasky's Famous Players, Inspiration Pictures and Universal
1926:
Hired by Raoul Walsh to design makeup for "The Monkey Talks" (film no longer extant)
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Put under contract by Carl Laemmle at Universal
1928:
Won acclaim for his makeup designs for Conrad Veidt for "The Man Who Laughs"
1931:
Designed makeup for both "Dracula" and "Frankenstein"
1932:
Created the makeup designs for "The Mummy"
1936:
Appointed head of Universal Studios makeup department
1941:
Designed "The Wolf Man"
1943:
Created the look for Claude Rains' "The Phantom of the Opera"
1947:
Released from Universal
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Began working in TV in the early 1950s on shows like "You Are There" and "Fireside Theatre"
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Worked on the TV series "Mr. Ed"
1962:
Last film makeup credit, "Beauty and the Beast"
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Notes

"The sole reason for any makeup, and particularly a character makeup, is not to proclaim the skill of the artist or the actor, but to help tell the story. Therefore, makeup must not be obviously 'makeuppy.' This in turn demands that it be supervised by a qualified artist, for the actor, no matter how skilled he may be in the technical detail of applying his makeup, rarely has the right perspective to judge the makeup without bias." --Jack P Pierce

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wife:
Blanche Craven. Survived him.

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