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Greg Nicotero Biography, Career, Family, Spouse and Net Worth

Who is Greg Nicotero?

Gregory Nicotero is a famous American special make-up effects creator, television producer, and director. Nicotero’s first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. Romero movie Day of the Dead (1985), under the tutelage of Romero and make-up effects veteran Tom Savini.

In 1988, together with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, Nicotero formed KNB EFX Group, a special make-up effects studio that has gone on to work on over 400 movie and television projects. KNB has earned many awards, such as an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune and an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Greg served as an executive producer, special make-up effects supervisor, and primary director on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. He has directed 37 episodes of The Walking Dead and is the creator of the web series The Walking Dead: Webisodes.

Greg Nicotero Career

Greg claims he began taking an interest in special effects following viewing the movie Jaws. He started his career working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, learning the trade of special make-up effects. It is also known as prosthetic makeup, from Tom Savini, and award-winning special effects and makeup artist, and assisting on movies by director George A. Romero.

While working on the 1985 Romero movie Day of the Dead, Greg met Howard Berger. He would then become one of his partners at KNB EFX Group. Greg later relocated to Hollywood and moved in with Berger and Robert Kurtzman. He then served as an FX artist on the 2010 movie Predators and created a classic predator figure for the movie.

Nicotero served as special make-up effects supervisor, co-executive producer, and occasional director for the TV series Waking Dead, and acted in a few uncredited cameos. He then was at the San Diego Comic-Con International for the show. On March 24, 2013, October 12, 2014, February 8, 2015, and February 14, 2016, Nicotero was a guest on Taling Dead. Greg also supervises the make-up effects for Fear the Walking Dead. He 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 in 2011. Greg was later a guest on the MythBusters Zombie Special on October 17, 2013.

A photo of Greg Nicotero
A photo of Greg Nicotero

How old is Greg Nicotero?

Gregory Nicotero was born on March 15, 1963, in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania, U.S., and is aged 59 years as of 2022. He shares his birthday with famous people including Paul Pogba, Bret Michaels, Alia Bhatt, Lil Dicky, Mike Tomlin, will.i.am, Tavon Austin, Eric Decker, Mike Love, Devonta Freeman, and many more.

Greg Nicotero Family

Who are Greg Nicotero’s parents?

Gregory Nicotero was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Connie Nicotero and Jim Nicotero. He has not shared much information about his parents and family with the media.

Does Greg Nicotero have siblings?

Nicotero has not shared any information about his siblings and it is unclear if he has any siblings. He is the cousin of Frank Nicotero.

Greg Nicotero Education

Nicotero attended Sewickley Academy graduating in 1981. He then enrolled at Westminster College, where he later graduated.

Greg Nicotero Spouse

Nicotero has been married twice in his life. He was married to Julie Rae Engelsman in 1994 but broke up the same year. Greg then married his current wife, Shari Nicotero, and is happily married to date.

Greg Nicotero Kids

Nicotero and his loving wife Shari have two children together. The couple has a daughter Alyssa Nicotero and a son Devon Nicotero, who are very familiar to The Walking Dead cast members.

Greg Nicotero Height

Nicotero has a well-built, muscular, and physically fit body adding up to a height of 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and a weight of 75 kg (165 lbs).

Greg Nicotero Net Worth

American special make-up effects creator, television producer, and director Nicotero has been active from 1988 to the present. He has been able to gather an estimated net worth of approximately $8 million as of 2023.

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