Ken Niederbaumer (born18 February1971; age 50) is a Hollywood makeup artist who worked on 2009‘s Star Trek. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Niederbaumer became interested in special effects makeup while attending high school in Cincinatti, Ohio. Upon graduating, he moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue a professional makeup career.
Like his fellow Star Trek makeup artist Richard Redlefsen (with whom he worked on several other projects), Niederbaumer attended Elegance International School of Makeup in Hollywood. He began working on feature films almost immediately upon completion of the school’s twelve-month program.
As he continued doing makeup for independent productions, Niederbaumer began working as a special effects technician on major studio films such as Men in Black, Starship Troopers, The X-Files, Alien: Resurrection (starring Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, and Ron Perlman), My Favorite Martian (starring Christopher Lloyd, Wallace Shawn, and Ray Walston), X2 (starring Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, and Bruce Davison), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy (starring Ron Perlman), and Underworld: Evolution. For 2006’s blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Niderbaumer was not only an effects technician but a makeup artist, as well – his first makeup work for a major studio film. He was also a makeup artist for the next Pirates film, At World’s End.
Niederbaumer’s more recent makeup credits include several episodes of CSI: NY and the films Pathology (featuring John de Lancie), Town Creek, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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