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Gregory "Greg" Nicotero is an American special effects creator, actor and director.

Biography

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 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Dune. In 2006, they were given an Academy Award for Achievement in Makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Nicotero claims he began taking an interest in special effects after viewing the film Jaws, explaining that he kept thinking "how did they do that?". He also enjoyed The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Dead, and other Universal Studios horror movies. He began his career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, learning the trade of special effects from Tom Savini, an award-winning special effects and makeup artist who worked with film director George A. Romero.

While working on the 1985 Romero film, Day of the Dead, he met Howard Berger, who would later become one of his partners at KNB EFX Group. Nicotero relocated to Hollywood, California, and moved in with Berger and Robert Kurtzman. He worked as an FX artist on the 2010 film Predators, and created a classic Predator figure for the film. He worked on the special effects for The Walking Dead, as well as directing/producing some episodes. He also worked on Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Episodes Directed

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Trivia

  • Nicotero has appeared as a walker on the show several times.
  • Nicotero admitted in an interview that he despises spiders.[1]

References

Crew (TV Series)
Showrunners Frank Darabont (1) • Glen Mazzara (2-3) • Scott Gimple (4-8) • Angela Kang (9)
Directors Alrick Riley (6-7) • Avi Youabian (6) • Billy Gierhart (2-3, 6) • Clark Johnson (2) • Daisy Mayer (9) • Dan Attias (3) • Dan Liu (8-9) • Daniel Sackheim (3-4) • Darnell Martin (7) • David Boyd (2-9) • Ernest Dickerson (1-5) • Frank Darabont (1) • Gregory Nicotero (2-9) • Guy Ferland (1-4) • Gwyneth Horder-Payton (1-2) • Jeffrey January (5-8) • Jennifer Lynch (5-6) • Jeremy Podeswa (4) • Johan Renck (1) • John Polson (8) • Julius Ramsay (4-5) • Kari Skogland (6-7) • Larry Teng (8-9) • Larysa Kondracki (5) • Lesli Linka Glatter (3) • Liesl Tommy (9) • Meera Menon (9) • Michael Cudlitz (9) • Michael Satrazemis (4-9) • Michael Slovis (6-8) • Michael Uppendahl (4) • Michelle MacLaren (1-2, 4) • Millicent Shelton (9) • Phil Abraham (2) • Rosemary Rodriguez (7-9) • Seith Mann (3-5) • Stefan Schwartz (3) • Stephen Williams (6) • Tricia Brock (3-4)
Writers Adam Fierro (1) • Angela Kang (2-9) • Channing Powell (4-9) • Charles H. Eglee (1) • Corey Reed (5-9) • Curtis Gwinn (4) • David Leslie Johnson (2, 7-9) • Eddie Guzelian (8-9) • Evan T. Reilly (2-3) • Frank Darabont (1-2) • Frank Renzulli (3) • Geraldine Inoa (9) • Glen Mazzara (1-3) • Heather Bellson (5-6) • Jack LoGiudice (1) • LaToya Morgan (9) • Matt Negrete (4-9) • Nichole Beattie (3-4) • Robert Kirkman (1-5) • Ryan C. Coleman (3) • Sang Kyu Kim (3) • Scott Gimple (2-9) • Seth Hoffman (4-6) • Vivian Tse (9)
Producers Adam Fierro (1) • Angela Kang (3-9) • Caleb Womble (4-9) • Channing Powell (4-9) • Charles H. Eglee (1) • Corey Reed (5-9) • Curtis Gwinn (4) • David Alpert (1-9) • Denise Huth (1-9) • Evan T. Reilly (2-3) • Frank Darabont (1) • Gale Anne Hurd (1-9) • Glen Mazzara (1-3) • Gregory Nicotero (1-9) • Heather Bellson (5-6) • Jack LoGiudice (1) • Jolly Dale (3-6) • Kenneth Requa (3-5) • Matt Negrete (4-9) • Nichole Beattie (3-4) • Paul Gadd (2-6) • Robert Kirkman (1-9) • Sang Kyu Kim (3) • Scott Gimple (2-9) • Seth Hoffman (4-6) • Skip Schoolnik (1) • Tom Luse (2-9)
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