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Dan Striepeke, RIP

Makeup artist Dan Striepeke, who served as Tom Hanks’ “cosmetic consigliere” on 16 films, including “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan,” — for which he earned his two Oscar nominations — has died. He was 88.

The former head of the makeup department at 20th Century Fox, Striepeke at the studio worked on the original “Planet of the Apes movies”; and on the CBS series “Mission: Impossible,” where he helped design the spy series’ famous latex “peel off” masks.

MSTies will recall that he was make-up artist for the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

4 Replies to “Dan Striepeke, RIP”

  1. Sampo
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    Which by the way means that he might have had a chance to do makeup for Richard Kiel or Vampira.

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  2. SaveFerris
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    I’m old enough to remember how ‘groundbreaking’ the ape mask/prosthetics were considered to be for the original (1968) Planet of the Apes movie.




    Now, of course, they seem FAR from “real” (mainly due to those VERY immobile nose/mouth pieces glued to the actor’s faces), but back then they TRUMPETED just how incredibly ‘lifelike’ they were (and compared to some of the ape ‘masks’ that had been used prior to that in Hollywood productions, they definitely were a leap forward)!




    That said, the movie is STILL one of the GREAT sci-fi films of that, or just about ANY era (and written (mainly) by Rod Serling!)!




    And being a fan of the Mission Impossible series, the way they shot, and used those “peel off” masks, was REALLY cool….




    Hmmm…….now I find myself wondering if Rick Baker, by chance, had any connection to Mr. Striepeke.




    Anybody know ??



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  3. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    Ohh, she’s Martin Landau!

    Can I borrow your face? Thanks!

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  4. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    “MSTies will recall that he was make-up artist for the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD”

    Uh, should that perhaps be “MIGHT recall”…?

    SaveFerris:




    I’m old enough to remember how ‘groundbreaking’ the ape mask/prosthetics were considered to be for the original (1968) Planet of the Apes movie.



    (a thought that I sometimes raise)

    I presume we’re all familiar with the “twist” ending of the original “Planet of the Apes,” where we learn we were on Earth all along. When you think about it (“So don’t think about it.”), this should have come as significantly less of a surprise to Taylor and to the audience because both had spent nearly the entirety of the film listening to the apes SPEAK ENGLISH. And even prove themselves capable of READING English. What did Taylor THINK that meant? What was the AUDIENCE intended to think that meant? There wasn’t even any metaphorical hand-waving like in “Star Trek: Bread of Circuses.”

    Clearly, SF audiences were much more of a “c’mon-just-play-along” crowd back then. Oh well.

    ;-)

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