Two-time Emmy winner, eight-time nominee, and now Academy Award winner, and Local 706 make-up Guild Award winner Christopher Allen Nelson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From the age of 7 the illustrious career of make-up artist/actor Lon Chaney fueled his imagination, driving him to escape the norm, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to pursue a career in either.

While studying acting at various schools, Christopher learned the art of Character and Special Make-upFX on his own time. He went on to great success working within the top Make-up FX labs in the business; Rick Baker, Stan Winston, KNB and XFX Inc. His FX credits include work on critically acclaimed and Academy nominated films such as the “Austin Powers” series, “Sin City”, “Kill Bill 1 & 2”, “Sphere”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Unbreakable” “Star Trek”, and “World War Z. Christopher also had his own company in 1996/97, leading the special effects make-up departments on many films; “True Romance”, “Return of the Living Dead 3”, “Short Cuts” and “God Bless America to name just a few. His television credits include Nip Tuck”, “True Blood”, “The Walking Dead”, and “American Horror Story” Seasons 1-4.

Those 25 years proved a valuable film school, as Christopher traveled the world, carefully watching and learning the art of acting, directing and writing from such greats as; George Romero, Christopher Walken, Tim Burton, Paul Schrader, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Irons, William Freidkin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Johnny Depp, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Paul Giamatti, John Carpenter, Will Smith and many others.

It was while working on Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” that Christopher decided to pursue his acting career full time when he was given the opportunity to audition for the role of The Groom, Tommy Plimpton. He landed the role as Uma Thurman’s ill-fated fiancée in “Kill Bill 2” and has never looked back.

As an actor, Christopher has a knack for dark characters as seen in his work on “Criminal Minds”, “The Tripper” and the HBO Pilot “1%.” He also has the ability to convey heart with his work in “Kill Bill 2”, “CSI”, and “Weeds”. Christopher’s presence is also a great asset to any production and his range can take him from tattooed skinhead (Stiletto) to compassionate homosexual (TNT’s “Raising the Bar”) to caring friend/coroner (“The Dead Girl”) to a blood thirsty vampire (“30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust”) a State Trooper in Bob Goldthwaite’s dark comedy “God Bless America”, in the French comedy “Hollywoo”, to a wasteland scavenger in The Walking Dead”. Most recently as “Glenn” in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”.

His diversity as an actor extended into comedy in June of 2008 when Christopher appeared as a regular in the improved comedy series “The Factory” on Spike TV created by longtime friend Mitch Rouse.  Chris’ character, Don McKenzie, is a quirky, somewhat dark, and definitely a stand-out in the series.

Christopher extends his creative drive to writing, selling a summer action/horror feature to Sony/Columbia Pictures entitled “Supermax.”Christopher is already getting interest in his other scripts from various directors, producers, and studios. “Winter” (a thriller in the vein of “Silence of the Lambs” and “Fargo”) and “Vamp Squad” (a horror comedy a’la “Shaun of the Dead”) have current interest from John Carpenter, SyFy Channel, Starz, MTV, Paramount and Screen Gems.

“I’ve been lucky in this business. For over 25 years it’s fed all of my artistic interests, including music. I’ve had amazing experiences and traveled the world! I’ve been to a rave on the Great Wall of China with Tarantino, I’ve stood onstage with Metallica as they crushed 93 thousand people, then jammed with them afterward. I’ve talked art, music, film, and life with some of the most creative and interesting minds today. I appreciate everything my career has given me, and I feel like I haven’t even started.” 

*Christopher recently won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Makeup for the DC epic Suicide Squad for his work on the character Killer Croc!*

Added to Christopher’s long, impressive resume, he his own show on the YouTube channel called, Character. It is a casual round table chat with the top Make-up and FX artists in the business.

Christopher recently finished makeup effects on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and is now filming Avengers: Infinity War!

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