Richard A. "Rick" Baker is an American retired special make-up effects artist and actor. He is known for his abundance of creature design and effects that have been utilized in numerous films. His first credited make-up and effects work was the 1973 film, Schlock. Since then, he worked on films, such as The Incredible Melting Man, The Howling, An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Ratboy, Harry and the Hendersons, Coming to America, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Batman Forever, The Nutty Professor, The Frighteners, Michael Jackson's Ghosts, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Ring, Hellboy, Click, Norbit, Tropic Thunder, and The Wolfman.
Additionally, he provided work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, the latter of which he was uncredited. For 20th Century Studios, he worked on Planet of the Apes and X-Men: The Last Stand.