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June 24 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering makeup artist Bud Westmore ('Where is Everybody?')

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Jun 24, 2018

Today, June 24th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember makeup artist legend Bud Westmore, who passed away on this day in 1973 at 55.

Westmore was the first makeup artist to work on The Twilight Zone series, assigned to the official pilot episode "Where is Everybody?" Given his enormous genre credits through the years, it's ironic that he was assigned to an episode in which his contribution was minimal – maybe he added a little sweat to Earl Holliman's brow, but this wasn't a creature episode. And that's where Westmore was a prince among artists.

It's hard to believe that even though he passed so young, he compiled a whopping 554 credits, most of them with Universal Pictures, which hosted the pilot episode before producer Buck Houghton moved the TZ world to MGM.

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Bud Westmore, a makeup industry legend, was based at Universal Pictures for most of his career - home to the pilot episode of The Twilight Zone: "Where is Everybody?"

Some of Westmore's credits include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Spartacus, The Munsters and Rod Serling's Night Gallery.

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For "Where is Everybody?", actor Earl Holliman was in the good hands of makeup genius Bud Westmore. 

So even though Bud Westemore's TZ tenure was brief, let’s hoist a colorful brew to a legend in the makeup trailer who made Earl Holliman shine and got the series off to a terrific start.