Jack Pierce doing Boris Karloff’s makeup for The Black Cat (1934).
Fact 64: The makeup used on Lon Chaney Jr.’s Wolf Man was originally created by Jack Pierce for Henry Hull in Werewolf of London (1935). However, Hull did not want to wear this makeup because it was too time consuming, so Pierce created a less hairy version for him.
Pictured above is Henry Hull in Werewolf of London.
Fact 63: To create The Mummy, Jack Pierce glued many layers of cotton onto Boris Karloff’s face. Karloff was unable to speak or move his facial muscles when Pierce finished his makeup.
Fact 45: The Monster in Frankenstein does not physically look like Mary Shelley’s monster in the book Frankenstein. Jack Pierce came up with the look for the Monster for the movie adaptation.
Fact 40: Lon Chaney did his own makeup for his characters, including Quasimdo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Erik in The Phantom of the Opera.
Boris Karloff admires the makeup Jack Pierce has done for The Mummy (1932)
Fact 11: Jack Pierce did Boris Karloff’s makeup for The Mummy. It was the most laborious makeup of Karloff’s career, requiring eight hours of work.