was the budding young make-up artist, hand picked by John Chambers to tackle
the job of Maurice Evan's Dr. Zaius make-up.)
were you doing (for a living at the time) when John Chambers offered you
a job on the first Planet of the Apes film?
was working as a makeup artist when the roster was full and the union approved
the employment of non union members who resided on the industry experience
was it about your background, talents, and experience that made
consider you for the job?
the training sessions conducted for both novices and journeymen John was
obviously impressed with my ability to mimic his techniques. John made
his assignments based on the work he observed during the training period.
old were you at the time Chambers offered you the job?
was your initial reaction when you found out that the job was
of the Apes?
you had much prosthetic make-up experience prior to “Apes”?
was Maurice Evans to work with?
A kind generous man with a good sense of humor and even temperament.
Maurice Evans and Roddy McDowall had much in common. Both were true
gentlemen and demonstrated even temperaments, good-naturedness and a
concern and interest in others with whom they associated, regardless of
you share a “most memorable moment” during production with us?
John Chambers left the location in Arizona he told me to take
next day off since I’d been working such long hours and none of the
were going to be working. To my great surprise I was rousted
my slumber and instructed to go to set and stand by for some of the
working on the principle antagonist for Planet of the Apes do anything
for your career?
I’m sure it did. After “Apes” things were all uphill.
were some of the biggest difficulties about Maurice’s make-up?
with glue, or bad skin days, etc.)
Evans salivated abnormally and was famous for spitting when
his lines. The running joke when he appeared on stage
to sit in the first row. Because of this it was nearly
to keep his lower jaw piece attached to his lip. In fact at
end of day cleanup the appliance was literally soaked with his
the glues and removers back then harsh compared to products
in the industry today?
We used spirit gum which required lot’s of repair work during
day. An early version of prosthetic adhesive was used on the lip but
nowhere near the holding power of today’s pros-aide and other surgical
you design, sculpt, and/or make-up any other ape characters for
Chambers was the sole creator of the designs in “Apes”. I
nothing to do with design. I applied makeup as instructed by
back, what are your feelings about having been a major part
It pleases me I was fortunate enough to have had the experience. It
a special time for me as I was just beginning my career.
If you had it to do all over again, would you?
like to thank Mr. Chase for sharing his thoughts and memories of working
on Maurice Evans and the Planet of the Apes film.
We plan to add
more to this page and other interview pages in the near future.
his other great make-up achievements, Ken Chase was also responsible for
the original Tony Clifton make-ups worn by Andy Kaufman back in Andy's