MGM's master of makeup did more than 300 movies
Earned first Oscar in the categoryBill Tuttle, a makeup artist who transformed Tony Randall into all seven title characters of "7 Faces of Dr. Lao," worked on "The Wizard of Oz" and created the monstrous Morlocks in 1960's "The Time Machine," has died. He was 95.
Tuttle died July 29 at his home in Los Angeles.
Tuttle, who had a 35-year career at MGM, was the first person to receive an Academy Award for makeup work when he received an honorary Oscar at the 1965 ceremony for "Lao." It would be another 17 years before the Oscar category for makeup was created.
Tuttle created his own line of makeup called Custom Color Cosmetics and worked on more than 300 films, including "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), "Julius Caesar" (1953), "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962), "Jailhouse Rock" (1957), "North by Northwest" (1959) and "How the West Was Won" (1962).
Tuttle also turned Peter Boyle into the monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein" and worked on a dozen episodes of TV's "The Twilight Zone," including the classics "Eye of the Beholder" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."
For "Lao," Tuttle transformed Randall into the Asian character Dr. Lao, a bearded Merlin the Magician and a Medusa, among other characters. His final credit, in 1981, was for "Zorro, the Gay Blade."
By the 1970s, when MGM was dismantling its backlot, Tuttle donated more than 100 masks — featuring such famous faces as Paul Newman, Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier — to USC, where he taught from 1970-95, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The first of Tuttle's five wives was actress Donna Reed; their two-year marriage ended in 1947. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita A. Tuttle, and his daughter, Teresa.