Make-up artist Charlie Blackman died March 7, 2016 in California, Local 706 is reporting. He was 87. Services were held on April 2 in North Hollywood.
Born in 1928 in Sayre, Pa., Blackman’s career spanned more than 50 years, beginning with his internship in the make-up department at Columbia Studios. Blackman is known for his work on My Three Sons, The Millionaire, The Lucy Show and Around the World in 80 Days, as well as for having made-up 10 U.S. presidents.
He was the Rev. Billy Graham’s personal make-up artist on films, crusades and speaking engagements at presidential inaugurations. While working with Graham, Blackman met and made-up President Eisenhower in 1961, and made-up the next nine presidents up to and including George W. Bush.
Blackman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gloria Blackman (a make-up artist herself), four children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.