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Daniel Ingraham
  • June 22, 1966
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  • May 24, 2020

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Longtime make up and make up effects artist, Daniel Hughes Ingraham, known to many as “Tio Loco” from 15 years work at the acclaimed Universal Halloween Horror Nights, passed away May 24,2020, after many years struggling with complications of diabetes.

Daniel was born June 22, 1966 in Kensington, Maryland, where he lived until after college. His love for movies and make up effects started as a child, watching late night re-runs of King Kong, The Wolf Man, James Bond, westerns and anything sci-fi or scary, while sitting on his beloved dad’s lap.  

He cemented his obsession with makeup and special effects while attending Albert Einstein High School (1980-1984) where he was designated Make Up Designer/Manager of the Drama Club.  Daniel’s first paid professional make up jobs were applying detailed make ups for upper-classmen’s private Halloween parties.  With that and his experiences on the stage crew for the “Creation ‘84” music festival, working closely with N. Paul Stooky, Mylon LeFevre, Amy Grant, Joe English, and others, Daniel knew the entertainment world was where he needed to be.  He went on to earn a degree in Technical Theatre at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland (1990), working on several theatrical productions and deejaying at the college radio station, WROC 650 AM.   He then moved to the Orlando area to pursue a career and to study make up and make up effects under several exceptional artists, including the late, widely acclaimed Dick Smith.
Daniel worked on several feature and short films over the years including
Night which was produced in association with his production company, Glass Asylum Productions, also creating the movie’s make up effects, special effects, and props at his F/X shop, Infinite Mirth Studio.  Dan also loved the creativity and structure of writing, authoring the make up tips “how to” column, “Make Up Mayhem” and two short stories published in a literary horror magazine–“What Lurks (At The End Of The Hall)” and “Guilt.”  He also collaborated with Mickey M. Bonura in writing a feature length, anthology style, supernatural thriller, The Coffin.
Kind, funny, loving, loyal to family and friends, goofy, Daniel will be dearly missed.  He is survived by half-sister, Sharon Parker Hobby; brother in law, Harris Hobby; half-brother, Richard Parker Jr (Kathy); half-sister, Susan Ingraham Garcia (Jerry); half-sister, Nancy Ingraham; stepfather, Roland Schwartzbeck and his very dear friends–Mickey Bonura, Robert and Kim Reardon, and Mario and Rose Figuero.  He was preceded in death by his beloved father and mother, David Ingraham and Peggy Ingraham Schwartzbeck; his brother, David Hughes Ingraham Jr; and his grandparents, Samuel and Bird Ingraham and Leona Smithson Downs.  There are tentative plans for a memorial service on his birthday, June 22.  Please email
sharonhobby@comcast.net if you wish to be kept informed.  Donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.

 


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  1. 25 Jul 2020
    Nancy says:
    Dan,
    I just discovered of your passing. Thank you for letting me make a monkey of you, while attending Blasco.
    You were a truly good person and classmate.

  2. 22 Jun 2020
    Tracie Holladay says:
    I can't thank you enough; you will never be forgotten.

  3. 22 Jun 2020
    Tracie Holladay lit a candle:
    Lit since June 22, 2020 at 6:18:00 PM

  4. 22 Jun 2020
    Arnie Slater says:
    Dan, Always good for a smile. Your heart was bigger than your body could contain. It's light would burst through the smile on your face frequently. I will fondly remember those days at Montgomery College. Listening to you spin tunes on MC Radio.
    God Rest Your Soul

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    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:25:43 PM

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    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:23:08 PM

  7. 04 Jun 2020
    Rory Penland says:
    So glad to have known you, Dan. Enjoyed the times we talked about effects make-up, horror movies, film composers and such. You were a free spirit and had a kind heart/soul. You will be missed very much.

  8. 01 Jun 2020
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    Lit since June 1, 2020 at 6:47:08 PM

  9. 01 Jun 2020
    Lizzie says:
    You always called me your sister and I called you my brother. I love you and always will Dan "Tio Loco" you inspired me and helped me go farther than I thought I ever would/could. You made me a part of something much bigger than myself as a script writer with Mickey in your production company. I will forever be greatful to you for your light, your love, your inspiration, your kindness. You were a one of a kind.
    My condolences to the Ingraham family. Thank you for allowing us all to have this amazing person in our lives.

  10. 31 May 2020
    Eda Becker says:
    Finally there's light at the end of the tunnel bringing you peace from your pain. Thank you for being a light on this end.

  11. 31 May 2020
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    Lit since May 31, 2020 at 5:03:32 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2020 at 5:33:40 PM

  16. 28 May 2020
    Doug Wright says:
    It was very nice knowing you Dan. We might have had our difference but you were a pleasure to be around. I learned a lot about medical situations and meds while I was taking care of you. You will be missed.

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