Greg Nicotero

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Greg Nicotero
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Nicotero at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2017
Born Gregory Nicotero
(1963-03-15) March 15, 1963 (age 55)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Gregory Nicotero (born March 15, 1963) is an American special make-up effects creator, television producer, 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 make-up effects veteran Tom Savini.

In 1988, along with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, he formed KNB EFX Group, a special make-up 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 make-up effects supervisor, and occasional director on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead[3] and Fear the Walking Dead.[4] Nicotero has directed 17 episodes of The Walking Dead and is the creator of the webseries The Walking Dead: Webisodes.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Nicotero in October 2012.

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."[6] Nicotero began his career working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, learning the trade of special make-up effects, also known as prosthetic makeup, from Tom Savini, an award-winning special effects and makeup artist,[7] 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[8] and moved in with Berger and Robert Kurtzman.[9]

He later worked as FX artist on the 2010 film Predators[10] and created a classic predator figure for the film.[11]

Nicotero worked as special make-up effects supervisor, co-executive producer and occasional director for the TV series The Walking Dead, as well as acting in a few uncredited cameos.[12] He was at the San Diego Comic-Con International for the show.[13] He was a guest on Talking Dead on March 24, 2013,[14] October 12, 2014, February 8, 2015, and February 14, 2016. He also supervises the make-up effects for Fear the Walking Dead.[15]

In 2011, Nicotero was interviewed for the 2012 zombie special effects book "Blood Splatter: A Guide to Cinematic Zombie Violence, Gore and Special Effects" by author Craig W. Chenery.[16]

He was a guest on the MythBusters Zombie Special on October 17, 2013.[17]





  1. ^ "Quentin Tarantino Presents Eli Roth's Hostel" (PDF). 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. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fear The Walking Dead: Special FX Makeup Artist and Co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero". BD. July 30, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "THE WALKING DEAD, entitled "Counter" and directed by series MVP Greg Nicotero". Fangoria. July 30, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greg Nicotero Interview". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  7. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  8. ^ "John Carpenter: Bios: KNB EFX Group". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  9. ^ "More on The Walking Dead: First Production Photo and Zombie School Video". DreadCentral. 
  10. ^ "Classic Predator Featured in Special KNB Q+A in Louisville". BloodyDisgusting. 
  11. ^ "Classic Predator to Return in Predators? Hell Yes!". DreadCentral. 
  12. ^ "Greg Nicotero Talks The Walking Dead". DreadCentral. 
  13. ^ "SD Comic-Con '10: Get Zombified and Catch a Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead". DreadCentral. 
  14. ^ Season 3, Episode 15 Talking Dead
  15. ^ "Fear the Walking Dead". BD. 
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