Makeup artist extraordinaire Gene Warren, Jr. has left us at the age of 77. The news came to us via his friend and collaborator Bart Mixon, who posted this tribute on Facebook: “Gene WAS Fantasy II Film Effects [his company name—ED]—supervising the visual effects for SO many classics of the ’80’s. Gene gave me my big break in Hollywood when he asked me to set up a creature effects department at Fantasy II. Our first project together was Fright Night Part Two, followed by Stephen King’s IT, Danger Island and Magic in the Water. I also worked for Gene in their model shop on shows like Terminator 2 and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Gene also employed my brother, Bret, for most of his film career. He gave us both many great opportunities and he will be sorely missed.”
Mr. Warren won an Oscar for his work on TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. He also was responsible for the (practical, non-CGI!) effects in movies like TREMORS, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, PET SEMATARY (the original), RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, and the UNDERWORLD films. He was a second-generation artist, son of Oscar winner Gene Warren, Sr. He was also a writer, activist, and college professor.