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Also Known As: Hamilton Adolph Westmore, George Hamilton Westmore, [Bud] Westmore Died: June 24, 1973
Born: Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: makeup artist

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Bud Westmore was one of the more famous members of the legendary Westmore family dynasty which dominated, and in many ways expanded, the art of makeup in Hollywood cinema. Patriarch George Westmore began at Metro Pictures in 1917, developing techniques still in use today. His greater contribution, though, may have been in fathering six sons, all of whom went into makeup design. In the 1930s and 40s, the Westmore boys divvied up most of Hollywood among themselves. The eldest, Monte, was at Selznick International, Perc was ensconced at Warner Bros., Ernest worked for 20th Century-Fox and Eagle-Lion, Wally enjoyed a lengthy tenure at Paramount, and Frank, the youngest, free-lanced and later did much TV. Bud, the second youngest son, worked at Universal from the late 40s till his death in 1973. Bud Westmore was born Hamilton Adolph, but changed his first names to George Hamilton both in tribute to his father and after the rise of Hitler made Adolph an unpopular name in the US. After free-lancing in the 40s (including work at "Poverty Row" studio PRC on the classic noir "Detour" 1945), Westmore joined Universal. He became one of the best known of the Westmores partly because of his work creating monsters...

Bud Westmore was one of the more famous members of the legendary Westmore family dynasty which dominated, and in many ways expanded, the art of makeup in Hollywood cinema. Patriarch George Westmore began at Metro Pictures in 1917, developing techniques still in use today. His greater contribution, though, may have been in fathering six sons, all of whom went into makeup design. In the 1930s and 40s, the Westmore boys divvied up most of Hollywood among themselves. The eldest, Monte, was at Selznick International, Perc was ensconced at Warner Bros., Ernest worked for 20th Century-Fox and Eagle-Lion, Wally enjoyed a lengthy tenure at Paramount, and Frank, the youngest, free-lanced and later did much TV. Bud, the second youngest son, worked at Universal from the late 40s till his death in 1973.

Bud Westmore was born Hamilton Adolph, but changed his first names to George Hamilton both in tribute to his father and after the rise of Hitler made Adolph an unpopular name in the US. After free-lancing in the 40s (including work at "Poverty Row" studio PRC on the classic noir "Detour" 1945), Westmore joined Universal. He became one of the best known of the Westmores partly because of his work creating monsters for horror films, long a staple genre of Universal's output. Westmore's credits in screen terror included "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948), "The Strange Door" (1951), "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), "The Mole People" (1956), "Curse of the Undead" (1959), and the Universal-TV sitcom spoof, "The Munsters" (1964-66). A challenge he met with distinction was recreating silent horror star Lon Chaney's makeup for the biopic "The Man of a Thousand Faces" (1957).

The majority of Westmore's credits, though, were in other genres, and included "A Double Life" (1947), "Imitation of Life" (1959), "Father Goose" (1964), and "Airport" (1970). Late in life he also did many TV-movies such as "The Outsider" (1967), "Night Gallery" (1969), and "I Love a Mystery" (1973).

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Changed his first two names from "Hamilton Adolph" to "George Hamilton" after WWII started
1945:
Earliest feature film credits include "Detour"
1947:
Headed Universal Studios' makeup department for 24 years (date approximate)
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Did the makeup for the CBS TV sitcom, "The Munsters", produced by Universal Television
1966:
Early TV-movie credit, "Fame Is the Name of the Game"
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Worked largely in TV for the last seven or eight years of his career
1973:
Last feature film credit, "Soylent Green"
1973:
Last TV credit, "Drive Hard, Drive Fast"
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wife:
Martha Raye. Divorced.
wife:
Rosemary Lane. Divorced.
wife:
Jeanne Westmore. Survived him.

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father:
George Westmore. Wigmaker, saloon manager, makeup artist. Born 1879, died 1931; British; worked as a wigmaker and saloon manager in England; emigrated to the US and first worked in film at Metro Pictures beginning in 1917; developed many film makeup techniques and standards which are still in use.
brother:
Montague Westmore. Makeup artist. Born 1902, died 1940; feature work included makeup for "Forbidden" (1932); later signed with Selznick International Pictures and did the makeup for Selznick's "Gone With the Wind" (1939) shortly before his death.
brother:
Perc Westmore. Makeup artist. Born 1904, died 1970; worked for Warner Bros. from the early 1930s through the early 50s on films including "Footlight Parade" (1933), "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939), "Casablanca" (1943) and "Caged" (1950); later occasional credits included "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" (1969); was also a recognized expert and specialist in women's makeup and feminine beauty treatments.
brother:
Ernest Westmore. Makeup artist. Born 1904, died 1968; worked for 20th Century-Fox for a time in the 1930s and later for Eagle-Lion Pictures, specialists in low-budget films; hosted "The Ern Westmore Show" and "Search for Beauty", two short-lived 1955 instructional TV programs.
brother:
Wally Westmore. Makeup artist. Born 1906, died 1973; headed up Paramount's makeup division for 43 years; credits included the innovative makeup for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932) and also "The Major and the Minor" (1942), "The Ten Commandments" (1956), and "The Odd Couple" (1968).
brother:
Frank Westmore. Makeup artist. Born 1923, died 1985; also worked on Cecil B. DeMille's remake of "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and was active in TV work, including the TV-movie "Kung Fu" (1972) and the miniseries "Pearl" (1978).
grandson:
Michael George Westmore. Makeup artist. Son of Monte Westmore born in 1938; work includes "Rocky" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Blade Runner" (1982), "2010" (1984), "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986); "Roxanne" (1987) and "Revenge" (1990); won Emmy for work on "Eleanor and Franklin" and an Oscar for "Mask".
nephew:
Kevin Westmore. Makeup artist. Work includes "Predator 2" (co-makeup 1990); won 1999 Emmy for work on "The X-Files".
nephew:
Marvin Westmore. Makeup artist. Work includes "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978).
nephew:
Monty Westmore Jr. Makeup artist. Work includes "Blaze" (1989).
niece:
Pamela S Westmore. Makeup artist. Work includes "Dominick and Eugene" (1988).
great-granddaughter:
Mackenzie Westmore. Actor. Had regular role on the NBC serial "Passions".
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