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Jim Gillespie (II) (1948–2009)

Jim got his start in his hometown of Hazleton Pennsylvania when Paramount Studios came into Hazleton to film 'The Molly McQuires' with Richard Harris, Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar and others as well as the famous make-up artist Wally Westmore of the famous Westmore Brothers of Hollywood. Everyday Jim would go up to Westmore and ask him to teach him... See full bio »

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Lionheart Makeup Department
Bachelor Party
Bachelor Party Makeup Department
Hollywood Vice Squad
Hollywood Vice Squad Makeup Department
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted: Dead or Alive Makeup Department


Hide Hide Show Show Makeup Department (85 credits)
 2008 The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 2007 The 2007 World Music Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 2007 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 2007 The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 2006 Searching for Orson (Documentary) (makeup department head)
 2003 The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 2002 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 1999 71st Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 1998 The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 1992 2000 Malibu Road (TV Series) (makeup artist - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... (makeup artist)
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... (makeup artist)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... (makeup artist)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... (makeup artist)
- Pilot (1992) ... (makeup artist)
 1991 Alligator II: The Mutation (makeup department head)
 1990 Lionheart (makeup supervisor)
 1988 Under the Gun (makeup department head)
 1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (assistant makeup artist)
 1987 Grateful Dead: Ticket to New Year's Eve Concert (Video documentary) (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1987 Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll (TV Movie documentary) (makeup artist)
 1987 Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks (Video documentary) (makeup department head)
 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary) (makeup department head)
 1987 Michael Jackson: Bad (Video short) (key makeup artist)
 1987 The Police: Every Breath You Take - The Videos (Video) (makeup department head)
 1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive (makeup artist)
 1986 Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert (Video documentary) (makeup artist)
 1986 Van Halen Live Without a Net (Video) (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1986 Picnic (TV Movie) (makeup department head - uncredited)
 1986 The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 1986 The Check Is in the Mail... (makeup department head)
 1986 Hollywood Vice Squad (assistant hair stylist) / (assistant makeup artist)
 1986 The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1985 We Are the Champions (Documentary) (makeup department head)
 1985 The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (makeup artist)
 1985 Live Aid (TV Special documentary) (makeup department head)
 1985 We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (TV Movie documentary) (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1984 Black Sabbath: Never Say Die (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1984 Paul McCartney: The Man, His Music, and His Movies (TV Movie documentary) (key makeup artist)
 1984 Frankenstein (TV Movie) (special makeup effects artist - uncredited)
 1984 Bachelor Party (makeup artist - as James Gillespie)
 1984 Misunderstood (key makeup artist)
 1984 Surf II (makeup department head)
 1983 The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series) (key makeup artist - 1 episode)
- Ernani (1983) ... (key makeup artist)
 1983 Wavelength (makeup artist)
 1983 The Final Terror (makeup department head - uncredited)
 1983 Pink Floyd: The Final Cut (Video short) (makeup artist)
 1983/I Mortuary (makeup artist)
 1983 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1983 Sweet 16 (makeup artist)
 1982 Trick or Treats (makeup department head - uncredited)
 1982 Camelot (TV Movie) (makeup artist)
 1982 An Officer and a Gentleman (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1982 Summer Lovers (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (special makeup effects artist - uncredited)
 1982 T.J. Hooker (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1 episode)
- The Witness (1982) ... (makeup artist)
 1982 Deadly Games (makeup artist)
 1982 Stevie Nicks in Concert (TV Movie) (key makeup artist)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1981 Harper Valley P.T.A. (TV Series) (assistant makeup artist - 6 episodes)
- My Fair Stella (1981) ... (assistant makeup artist)
- Mayor Bobby (1981) ... (assistant makeup artist)
- Dirty Tricks (1981) ... (assistant makeup artist)
- Stella, the Reilly Girl (1981) ... (assistant makeup artist)
- The Life of Reilly (1981) ... (assistant makeup artist)
 1980 Somewhere in Time (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1980 The Attic (makeup artist)
 1980 Resurrection (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1980 The Man with Bogart's Face (makeup department head)
 1980 Cuba Crossing (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1979 The Strange Case of Alice Cooper (Video) (key makeup artist)
 1979 Running (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1979 The Curse of Dracula (TV Series) (makeup artist - 1979) / (makeup designer - 1979)
 1978 Harper Valley P.T.A. (assistant makeup artist)
 1978 Jokes My Folks Never Told Me (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1978 The Last Waltz (Documentary) (makeup department head - uncredited)
 1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (TV Movie) (assistant makeup artist)
 1977 Smokey and the Bandit (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1977 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (TV Special documentary) (makeup artist)
 1977 Neil Diamond: Love at the Greek (TV Movie documentary) (makeup artist)
 1977 The Genesis Concert Movie (Documentary) (key makeup artist)
 1976 The Song Remains the Same (Documentary) (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1976 Dracula and Son (makeup department head)
 1975-1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) (key makeup artist - 10 episodes)
- Bounty Hunter (1976) ... (key makeup artist)
- A Coffin for Starsky (1976) ... (key makeup artist)
- JoJo (1976) ... (key makeup artist - uncredited)
- Omaha Tiger (1976) ... (key makeup artist - uncredited)
- Silence (1976) ... (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1975 Forced Entry (makeup department head - uncredited)
 1975 Jaws (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1974 The Mark of Zorro (TV Movie) (special makeup effects artist - uncredited)
 1974 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (TV Special documentary) (makeup artist)
 1973 The Sting (assistant makeup artist - uncredited)
 1973 Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert (TV Movie) (key makeup artist - uncredited)
 1972 Pink Floyd at Pompeii (Documentary) (makeup artist)
 1971 A Clockwork Orange (makeup artist - uncredited)
 1970 The Molly Maguires (makeup artist - uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Did the special effects make-up for the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department training films under the direction of David Nelson from the famed Ozzie And Harriet Show. See more »

Alternate Names:

James Gillespie


5' 11½" (1.82 m)

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Personal Quote:

Art will always remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of the struggle between wisdom and madness, between dreams and reality in our mind. See more »


He once got into a contest with Robert Vaughn, whom he greatly admired, in which they tried to out-do the other by quoting William Shakespeare's sonnets. Both were word-perfect, and Jim was forced to "win" the contest by quoting one of the sonnets backwards. See more »

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