Jack Dawn – he brought us the Cowardly Lion

Jack Dawn was an extraordinary make-up artist at MGM who came up with pliable facial prosthetics that supplied us with the likes of the Cowardly Lion…

During WWII he volunteered to make temporary applications for disfigured soldiers to make them appear more normal in between reconstructive surgeries. To read his credits is an exercise in amazement; The Good Earth, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, The Philadelphia Story, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Gaslight, Father of the Bride… And, that’s just a random sampling. Here he is applying make-up on actress Ruth Hussey:

Jack Dawn, head of the make-up department at MGM:


  1. George Kaplan

    Oh, this is very interesting. To not only have created the Cowardly Lion’s make-up (“Pud ’em uuup, pud ’em uuup!”) but to have invented prostheses to assist men hideously disfigured in that goddamned war, incredible.

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