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Starring Jack Pierce

Jack Pierce created the makeup for Universal Studios’ rogue’s gallery of classic movies monsters in the 1930s and 1940s: Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, etc. These images are firmly embedded in our minds: even if you haven’t seen the movies, you know what the monsters look like. Some of them have even been immortalized on U.S. postage stamps. In spite of all this, Pierce does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Why this is, I don’t know. Presumably, the difficulty is getting someone to pick up the $5,000 tab for planting a new star in the sidewalk. Now you have a chance to do something about that: here is a petition asking Universal Studios to fund a star for Jack Pierce. Add your name, and help bestow a little recognition on a man who gave so much to monster fans everywhere.

Photo at Top: Jack Pierce applies makeup to actor Boris Karloff, turning him into the Frankenstein Monster.