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 Jack Pierce

Jack Pierce

Original Name Janus Piccoulas
Birth
Regional unit of Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece
Death 19 Jul 1968 (aged 79)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Whispering Pines, lot 2499, near the 'Finding of Moses' statue/pond
Memorial ID 4349 · View Source
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Film Makeup Artist. He was a one of the cinematic pioneers of the 20th Century, noted for creating the iconic classic monster make-ups at Universal Studios. After emigrating to the US in the early 1900s, he attempted to play pro-baseball in Chicago, then moved to California, where he worked in the fledgling motion picture industry. He eventually drifted into acting, then makeup, working at the original Fox Studios in the 1920s. In 1928, he became head of the makeup department at Universal Studios and worked on the last of the silent films made at the studio. Some of his silent film makeup's included "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) and "Phantom of the Opera" (1925). For Universal Studios' horror classic era, his many character makeups included "Dracula" (1931), "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1932), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Son of Frankenstein" (1939) and "The Wolf Man" (1941). When Universal Studios merged with International Pictures, he had been a makeup supervisor at the studio for 30 years. He ended his career working for independent films and television projects during the final 20 years of his life.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4349
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Pierce (5 May 1889–19 Jul 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4349, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .