N. Brock Winkless IV, the Puppeteer of Chucky in 'Child's Play,' Dies at 56

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N. Brock Winkless IV

He also was the Crypt Keeper in 'Tales From the Crypt.'

N. Brock Winkless IV, the puppeteer of evil doll Chucky in Child’s Play, has died, according to Make-Up Artist Magazine. He was 56.

Winkless, who also was the puppeteer for the Crypt Keeper in Tales From the Crypt, died July 18 in Los Angeles of complications from a longtime neurological condition.

His credits as a puppeteer include the Child’s Play films — Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Child’s Play 3 (1991) and Bride of Chucky (1998) — as well as Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992), Death Becomes Her (1992), Man’s Best Friend (1993), Congo (1995), The X-Files (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001). In addition to the TV show, Winkless was the puppeteer for the Crypt Keeper in the films Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) and Casper (1995).

Winkless also worked in special effects on several films, including Meet the Applegates (1990), Alien 3 (1992) and Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995). He worked in the mechanical department for James Cameron's 1991 hit film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who worked with Winkless on Honey I Blew Up the Kid, said, “Not only a man of many talents, he was a soft-spoken, thoughtful and gentle human being with a unique sense of humor. It was simply my utmost pleasure and an absolute honor to know him.”

A Facebook page, For the Love of Brock, has been created to share memories of the puppeteer.

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