Bill Corso

Oscar and Emmy Award-winning makeup artist & master character creator

"Makeup is part of storytelling. Aside from his technical skill, Bill is a consummate storyteller."
Harrison Ford
actor, Indiana Jones, Han Solo

About Bill

New Jersey born makeup artist Bill Corso has been altering people’s likenesses since he was seven years old. A childhood fascination with drawing, movies and monsters led Bill to attend the High School for the Visual Arts in Sarasota, Florida. After moving to Los Angeles in 1985, Bill began to lend his talents to makeup luminaries such as Academy Award-winners Rick Baker and Ve Neil for feature films.

Partnering with FX Legend Steve Johnson (GHOSTBUSTERS, THE ABYSS) led to winning two Emmys for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for two Stephen King-based TV mini-series, THE STAND and THE SHINING.

Throughout his career, Corso has had the great opportunity to work some of Hollywood's most talented directors, including Steven Spielberg (AMISTAD, A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MUNICH), Ron Howard (HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS), Steven Soderbergh (OUT OF SIGHT), Tim Burton (PLANET OF THE APES), Milos Foreman (MAN ON THE MOON), Andrew Stanton (JOHN CARTER), and Oliver Stone (SAVAGES). Corso won his 3rd Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for HBO’s GREY GARDENS, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, and was nominated for his 4th Emmy for transforming Bryan Cranston into Lyndon B. Johnson for HBO’s ALL THE WAY.

After working with Jim Carrey on MAN ON THE MOON, Corso began a creative partnership with the actor spanning eleven films, including THE MAJESTIC, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, and DUMB AND DUMBER TO. In 2004, Corso won his first Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup, for turning Jim Carrey into the despicable Count Olaf in LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

The following year in collaboration with Rick Baker, Corso was Oscar-nominated for the Sony comedy CLICK with Adam Sandler.

Starting with INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, Corso began a seven picture run with Harrison Ford, including the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic, 42, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Corso’s work on the cast of Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER earned him his 3rd Oscar nomination.

Dedicated to helping actors and filmmakers create amazing characters for all media, Corso has established a digital company, DMG-Digital Makeup Group. Under Corso’s supervision, the company establishes a connection between digital artists and the makeup artists and hairstylists who work in film and television, helping to bring the art of makeup into the future.

Corso is married to actress-clothing designer Odile Corso.  They have two daughters, Olivia and Marlena, and reside in Los Angeles, California.