Gregory Nicotero

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Gregory Nicotero
Nicotero in October 2012
Born Gregory Nicotero
(1963-03-15) March 15, 1963 (age 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Greg Nicotero

Gregory Nicotero (born March 15, 1963) is an American special effects creator, actor, and director. His first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. Romero film Day of the Dead (1985), under the tutelage of Romero and Tom Savini.

In 1988, along with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, he formed KNB Efx Group, a special effects studio which has gone on to work on over 400 film and television projects. KNB has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune[1] and an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[2]

He is currently working as co-executive producer, special effects makeup artist, director and also actor on AMC's The Walking Dead.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Nicotero attending the 2013 Comic Con in San Diego.

Nicotero claims he began taking an interest in special effects after viewing the film Jaws. He explains, "[...] I kept thinking "How the hell did they do that?! How’d they build a big giant shark that could eat people?!" So, between that movie, The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes, and of course all of the Universal horror movies [...] I think Jaws and then later Dawn of the Dead were pretty much the two movies that did it for me."[4] Nicotero began his career working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, learning the trade of special effects from Tom Savini, an award-winning special effects and makeup artist,[5] and helping on films by director George A. Romero.

While working on the 1985 Romero film Day of the Dead, he met Howard Berger, who would become one of his partners at KNB EFX Group. Nicotero relocated to Hollywood[6] and moved in with Berger and Bob Kurtzman.[7] He worked as FX artist on the 2010 film Predators[8] and created a classic predator figure for the film.[9] He worked on the special effects, acting roles and directed for the TV series The Walking Dead[10] and narrated the film on the San Diego Comic-Con International.[11]

In 2013, Nicotero was a guest on Talking Dead on March 24, 2013.[12]





  1. ^ "Quentin Tarantino Presents Eli Roth's Hostel". Lion's Gate Films. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Oscar Wins". Archived from the original on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ Cline, Elizabeth (July 30, 2012). "Dispatches From the Set - Special FX Makeup Artist and Co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero". AMC. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Greg Nicotero Interview". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  6. ^ "John Carpenter: Bios: KNB EFX Group". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  7. ^ "More on The Walking Dead: First Production Photo and Zombie School Video". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "Classic Predator Featured in Special KNB Q+A in Louisville". BloodyDisgusting. 
  9. ^ "Classic Predator to Return in Predators? Hell Yes!". DreadCentral. 
  10. ^ "Greg Nicotero Talks The Walking Dead". DreadCentral. 
  11. ^ "SD Comic-Con '10: Get Zombified and Catch a Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead". DreadCentral. 
  12. ^ Season 3, Episode 15 Talking Dead

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