Robert Kurtzman

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Robert Kurtzman
Robert Kurtzman 2015.jpg
Kurtzman in 2015
Born (1964-11-25) November 25, 1964 (age 54)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, and special make-up effects creator
Spouse(s)divorced Anne Kurtzman May 2018
ChildrenLouie Kurtzman and Sadie Kurtzman

Robert Kurtzman (born November 25, 1964) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and special make-up effects creator.


Kurtzman began his career in 1984 when he moved from his hometown of Crestline, Ohio, to Hollywood, California, to pursue his interest in prosthetic makeup, better known as special make-up effects. In 1988, along with Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger, he formed K.N.B. EFX Group, a special make-up effects studio which has gone on to work on over 400 film and television projects. K.N.B. 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] They were awarded an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[2]

After establishing himself in the special effects arena, Kurtzman turned to directing and producing. His first project was From Dusk till Dawn, for which he wrote the original story, served as co-producer, and created the special effects. The Demolitionist marked Kurtzman’s directorial debut. He went on to direct Wishmaster, in which he had an uncredited cameo as "piano wire guy". In 2002, Kurtzman left K.N.B. EFX Group. Kurtzman and his wife, Anne, relocated their family to Crestline, Ohio, and started their own production company, Precinct 13 Entertainment.[3] Founded in 2003, Precinct 13 is described as a Film/Television and Radio Commercial/Visual Effects production facility. The Rage was their first in-house, fully financed, independent feature film. Kurtzman and P13 have, also, recently co-produced the supernatural film The Dead Matter, featuring Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, and Jim O'Rear.[4] Kurtzman also directed the action-thriller film Deadly Impact, which was written by Alexander Vesha.[5]






  • From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000) - Special makeup effects
  • Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) - Animatronic creature effects supervisor/puppeteer
  • Little Nicky (2000) - Special makeup and creature effects supervisor
  • Spiders (2000) - Special makeup and creature effects supervisor
  • My First Mister (2001) – Co-executive producer, special makeup effects artist
  • Vanilla Sky (2001) - Special makeup effects supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc.
  • Thir13en Ghosts (2001) - Special makeup effects artist, special makeup effects supervisor
  • John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001) - Special makeup effects artist
  • Rat Race (2001) - Special makeup and animatronic effects supervisor
  • The Animal (2001) - Special makeup effects artist
  • Spy Kids (2001) - Special makeup and creature effects
  • Soulkeeper (2001) - Special makeup and creature effects
  • Evolution (2001) - Creature effects
  • John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) - Special makeup effects supervisor
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) - Character prosthetics supervisor, special makeup effects artist
  • Bubba Ho-tep (2002) - Special makeup effects supervisor
  • Cabin Fever (2002) - Special makeup effects supervisor
  • Hulk (2003) - Animatronic effects supervisor/puppeteer
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) - Special makeup effects supervisor
  • Bad Boys II (2003) - Special makeup effects artist
  • Identity (2003) - Special makeup effects supervisor
  • Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) - Special effects supervisor
  • Hostel (2005) - Visual effects supervisor
  • Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove (2005) - Visual effects supervisor
  • 2001 Maniacs (2005) - Visual effects supervisor
  • The Devil's Rejects (2005) - Visual effects supervisor
  • The Rage (2007) – Producer, director, writer, cinematographer, visual effects producer, special makeup effects producer
  • Buried Alive (2007) – Director, visual effects producer, special makeup effects producer, special effects director
  • Death Walks the Streets (2007 - pre-production) - Visual effects supervisor, special makeup effects producer
  • Roney's Point (2007 - pre-production) - Visual effects supervisor
  • Wanted: Undead or Alive (2007 - filming) - Visual effects producer
  • The Living Hell (2007) - Visual effects producer, special makeup effects producer



  1. ^ "Quentin Tarantino Presents Eli Roth's Hostel" (PDF). Lion's Gate Films. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
  2. ^ Nominees and Winners of 78th Annual Academy Awards
  3. ^ TRINITY OF TERRORS Guest Profile: Robert Kurtzman
  4. ^ "Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps Launches New Costume Line". DreadCentral.
  5. ^ "Deadly Impact Trailer from MGM Home Entertainment".

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