Kazuhiro Tsuji Biography
Kazuhiro Tsuji (辻 一弘) also known as Kazu Hiro, is an American special make-up effects artist and visual artist who was born on May 26, 1969, Kyoto, Japan. In 2017, he won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the biographical film Darkest Hour. Tsuji also earned nominations for the comedies Norbit (2007) and Click (2006).
Kazuhiro Tsuji Age
Kazuhiro Tsuji was born on May 26, 1969, Kyoto, Japan. He grew up in Japan before moving to the U.S. to work with Rick Baker on the film Men In Black. Tsuji is 50 years old as of 2019.
Kazuhiro Tsuji Early Life
Kazuhiro Tsuji grew up in Kyoto, where he spent much of his time alone engaging in art projects. He came across an issue of Fangoria (an American horror magazine) which featured Dick Smith and his work turning Hal Holbrook into Abraham Lincoln for the 1976 miniseries Lincoln.
The magazine prompted Tsuji to start his own experiments with special make-up effects, photos of which he began sending to Dick Smith after discovering his P.O. box in the back of a magazine. The two eventually met in person when Smith traveled to Japan to work on Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Sweet Home. Upon Smith’s invitation of Tsuji to work on the film with him, Tsuji’s film career began.
Kazuhiro Tsuji Films
Kazuhiro Tsuji met fellow artist Eddie Yang while working on Sweet Home. Soon after, Yang was in America working for a protege of Dick Smith’s, Rick Baker. Yang helped Tsuji immigrate to America and get work with Baker on Men in Black. Tsuji worked on many projects while continuing his work with Baker, including Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas for which he won a BAFTA.
In 2008, Tsuji crafted the silicone model of Brad Pitt’s head used to artificially age him via CGI for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Tsuji created the prosthetics which turned Joseph Gordon-Levitt into a young Bruce Willis for Looper in 2012.
Kazuhiro Tsuji Sculptures | Churchill
Tsuji decided to leave the film business after his work on Looper, and focus on sculpture crafting giant busts of people such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Abraham Lincoln, and his mentor Dick Smith.
Gary Oldman talked Kazuhiro Tsuji in 2017, out of retirement to create the Winston Churchill prosthetics for Darkest Hour. Oldman had been considered for the role of General Thade in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes film (the role went to his Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead co-star, Tim Roth) and Tsuji’s work at that time had impressed Oldman enough that for him, Tsuji was the only man to turn him into Churchill. For this, on March 4, 2018 Tsuji won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Kazuhiro Tsuji Awards
- Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling 2018· Darkest Hour
- BAFTA Award for Best Makeup & Hair 2018, 2001. Darkest Hour, The Grinch
Kazuhiro Tsuji Net Worth
Kazuhiro Tsuji has earned his income from working in movies as a special makeup artist in an array of films. He has also received incomes from his sculpting business where he produces striking look-alike sculptures. Tsuji has an estimated net worth of $9 million.