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Gregory Nicotero
Gregory Nicotero
Known aliases Greg Nicotero
Born March 15, 1963 (aged 56)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Gregory "Greg" Nicotero is an american actor and makeup/special effects technician. He learned the craft of special effects from the legends and masters Tom Savini and George A. Romero.

He is one of the founding members of KNB Efx, a special effects company that has won both an Emmy Award and an Academy Award for their work in the special effects field.

Greg currently serves as the co-executive producer, special effects makeup artist, actor, and director on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead.

Early LifeEdit

As a child and teenager, Nicotero always wondered how film studios were able to produce the graphic effects that were a central role in horror films. In particular, the film Jaws really fascinated him, along with The ExorcistPlanet of the Apes, and the acclaimed Universal monster movies. He began training for his career as a makeup artist under Tom Savini and George Romero.


Nicotero's first big role in both acting and as a makeup artist were on Romero's Day of the Dead. While working on the film, he met Howard Berger, who would later found KNB Efx alongside him. 

He later moved to Hollywood and then moved in with Berger and a man named Bob Kurtzman. Together they founded the KNB Efx group and went on to develop makeup and special effects for hundreds of films. In particular, they did work for Land of the DeadPredators, and Piranha 3D.

In 2010, Nicotero also began his work with the famous television series The Walking Dead. With this television series, Nicotero has demonstrated his expertise in makeup and special effects, as well as in acting and directing. He was also featured as a guest on Talking Dead, the talk show for The Walking Dead, in 2013.

Horror FilmographyEdit

Greg Nicotero has an extensive filmography within the horror genre, mainly due to his work in special effects.


Year Film Role Notes
1985 Day of the Dead Pvt. Johnson
1986 Night of the Creeps Extra Uncredited
1989 Intruder Townie in Car
1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Guy in Gas Station Uncredited
1993 Body Bags Man with Dog
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Sex Machine's Buddy
1999 House on Haunted Hill Rollercoaster Technician Uncredited
2005 Cursed Man pushing Dracula's Coffin Uncredited
2005 Land of the Dead Bridgekeeper Zombie
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Cyst
2006 Cemetery Gates Stoner Dude Michael
2008 Diary of the Dead Zombie Surgeon
2008 Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust Makeup Effects Guy #3
2010 Piranha 3D Boat Captain
2010-Present The Walking Dead Various Walkers Uncredited, 3 episodes

Makeup/Special Effects TechnicianEdit

Year Film Notes
1985 Day of the Dead
1987 Creepshow 2
1987 Predator Uncredited
1987 Evil Dead II
1988 Phantasm II
1988 Monkey Shines
1988 The Horror Show
1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
1990 Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
1990 Bride of Re-Animator
1990 Misery
1991 The People Under the Stairs
1992 Army of Darkness
1993 Body Bags
1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
1994 Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Puppeteer
1995 In the Mouth of Madness
1995 Lord of Illusions

From Dusk Till Dawn

1996 Scream
1997 Wishmaster
1997 Scream 2
1998 Vampires
1998 The Faculty
1999 The Haunting
1999 House on Haunted Hill
2001 Ghosts of Mars
2001 Thir13en Ghosts
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos
2002 Bubba Ho-tep
2003 Cabin Fever
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2003 Identity
2004 Ginger Snaps: Unleashed
2005 Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist
2005 Masters of Horror Television Series
2005 Cursed
2005 The Amityville Horror
2005 Land of the Dead
2005 Hostel
2006 The Hills Have Eyes
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
2007 The Hills Have Eyes 2
2007 Hostel: Part II
2007 The Reaping
2007 Grindhouse
2007 Diary of the Dead
2007 The Mist Creature Effects
2008 Fear Itself Television Series
2008 Mirrors
2010 Predators
2010-Present The Walking Dead
2010 Piranha 3D
2010 The Ward


Year Film Notes
2011-Present The Walking Dead Television Series, 6 episodes
2011 The Walking Dead: Torn Apart Webisodes, 6 episodes
2012 The Walking Dead: Cold Storage Webisodes, 4 episodes
2014 The Walking Dead: The Oath Webisodes, 3 episodes

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