1958 – 2015
February 8, 2015 we lost a tremendous talent in the independent film community. We also lost a dear friend. Tim Davis is at peace after his courageous battle with congestive heart failure. Words cannot begin to express the loss his family, friends and associates feel about his passing.
This page is dedicated to Tim Davis’ memory and to keep his incredible talent alive. Photo images are posted (NOTE: I claim NO rights to these photos), and details of Tim’s life and accomplishments have been added.
Rest in peace, Tim.
TIM DAVIS: ACTOR
Tim was a naturally born actor. In his early teens he appeared in educational films in the early 1970s. Here he is from a scene from JACKSON JUNIOR HIGH ALCOHOL EDUCATION (1976). You can watch the full video below:
Tim Davis was an award winning actor in high school. Here he is performing in a period piece.
Tim Davis in a sci-fi themed skit in high school.
In the late 1980s Tim performed in a series of commercials as a redneck auto mechanic. He and another actor (Mike O’Meara – a famous disc jockey at the time) played two dimwit brothers that worked on cars.
TIM DAVIS AND DICK DYSZEL: A LASTING FRIENDSHIP
During the early 1970s, Tim was a young actor and artist on the East Coast. He watched Channel 20 out of Washington DC on a constant basis. Tim, being heavily into science fiction and horror, gravitated to two hosts on the the channel. Captain 20 and Count Gore De Vol. Both were played by the same actor – Dick Dyszel. Tim did the above sketch of his TV hero Captain 20 and sent it to the station. Dyszel loved it and from there would begin a friendship that spanned decades.
The above photo is from an ear casting session that took place in the mid 1970s. As his character of Captain 20, Dick Dyszel would wear cheap, generic Mr. Spock ears bought at a costume store. Tim was getting heavily into makeup and casting and urged Dyszel to come by his house and get some proper alien ears sculpted and made from castings of Dyszel’s ears. They would fit better, look better and not flop around on screen
A couple of different sculpts of the Captain 20 ears can be seen here.
A photo taken in the late 1970s with Dick Dyszel wearing the ears that Tim had made for him. Is that a cool homemade R2D2 STAR WARS prop or what?
Tim Davis also made several appearances on CREATURE FEATURE with Count Gore De Vol. Above is one such appearance where Tim displayed a “Grey” alien mask he had created.
Time Davis demonstrating his cable controlled creature effects on the show CREATURE FEATURE in the Mid 1980s.
Tim Davis had a timeless quality to him. Here are two photos of him on the Count Gore De Vol CREATURE FEATURE show 20 years apart and he looks like he hasn’t aged a day.
In the early 2000s Richard Dyszel made a rare public appearance as Captain 20. Tim got to meet up with his old friend on this occasion.
Circa 2010 TIm Davis shows up at an event being hosted by Count Gore De Vol at an AFI Theatre function in Silver Spring, MD.
TIM DAVIS AND THE PLANET OF THE APES: A LOVE AFFAIR
The late 1970s and Tim poses with a female actor made up in his ape makeup. Davis was a HUGE fan of the Planet of the Apes movies and especially a fan of John Chambers, the man that did the make up for those movies. It inspired Tim to take up sculpting and molding techniques so that he could produce his own ape makeup and masks.
Tim Davis takes a self portrait of himself in his Planet of the Apes makeup.
TIM DAVIS: THE ULTIMATE COSPLAYER
Tim Davis posing with his Jabba the Hut costume.
Tim Davis posing with his Jabba the Hut costume.
Tim Davis in his Jabba the Hut costume.
RETURN OF THE JEDI gang at the convention with Tim dressed up as Jabba the Hut.
Norman Gagnon, Tim Davis and Londo Massey as the Ghostbusters. Note the great props and costumes!
Tim Davis, Norman Gagnon and Londo Massey as the Ghostbusters.
Tim Davis creates the Ghostbuster’s Demon Dog out of sheet foam in a hotel room.
Tim poses at an event with a Godzilla clad fan.
TIM DAVIS AND THE RED CROSS
Tim Davis was contacted by the local Red Cross to create special makeup effects for a video they were shooting. He had to come up with several gruesome, realistic visages that were quite convincing.
CINEMAGIC magazine #30 found a great article written about Tim and his makeup effects company – Hammond and Davis Makeup Effects.
Diane Hammond and Tim Davis (of Hammond and Davis Makeup Effects) make up an actor with Planet of the Apes style makeup on camera in the late 1980s.
TIM DAVIS: SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP MANIAC
Tim and his friend Karl Hopf (another talented makeup artist) meeting the legendary Dick Smith.
Tim holding one of the actual TERMINATOR screen used skulls. This was taken at Stan Winston’s Studios.
Here Tim is making an actor up to look like the fearsome Freddy Krueger.
Tim works on a robot-style makeup for a professional print ad at his studio.
Tim works on a monstrous mask for a professional print ad at his studio.
Tim worked on this Phantom of the Opera makeup for a professional print ad at his studio.
Tim works on this cat person makeup for a professional print ad at his studio.
TIM DAVIS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Here is a makeup effect that Tim did for the 1st season of AMERICA’S MOST WANTED.
Tim Davis worked on NEW JACK CITY doing special effects makeup. The above photo is of Chris Rock’s character after he had died in the movie a very violent death. This figure hung in Davis’ workshop on the wall for years.
The charred body sculpture was done by Tim Davis for the movie INVADER.
Tim Davis plays Agent Coy in the movie INVADER
A close up of Tim Davis as Agent Coy in INVADER.
Tim Davis was the editor and publisher of the special makeup effects magazine MONSTER MAKER JOURNAL in the 1990s. Out of 25 issues total, Tim published the last 13, and it sold all around the world.
TIM DAVIS: HIS FINAL BOW
The logo to Tim’s movie NUDIST CAMP ZOMBIE MASSACRE. In the 2000s Tim started a whimsical movie about two kick ass female nudists that had to take on zombies that have risen from the grave. Tim wrote, directed and did plenty of the makeup masks and effects for the film. It was 90% done at the time of his passing. Sadly, there is a very good chance that none of the footage survived. Apparently his computer had been wiped clean. If there is anyone that knows of a rough cut of this film that still exists, please contact us. We would like to get it finished in order to honor Tim’s memory – his final project.
A promotional postcard that Tim produced for the movie.
Tim Davis on his space ship set for NUDIST CAMP ZOMBIE MASSACRE. That is a modified Captain Kirk chair.
Tim Davis with an actress playing an ape girl on the set of NUDIST CAMP ZOMBIE MASSACRE.
Tim Davis with one of his zombie creations for his movie NUDIST CAMP ZOMBIE MASSACRE.
Tim Davis with a couple of his zombie masks for his movie NUDIST CAMP ZOMBIE MASSACRE.
TIM DAVIS: 1958 – 2015