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Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich
Lee Unkrich in 2009
Born (1967-08-08) August 8, 1967
Cleveland, Ohio
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Director, Editor and Screenwriter
Years active 1990 - Present
Known for Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Spouse(s) Laura Century (3 children)[1]

Lee Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director, film editor and screenwriter. He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later began directing, first as co-director of Toy Story 2. After co-directing Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with Toy Story 3, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2011.

A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Unkrich spent his youth acting at The Cleveland Play House. Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.[2] Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television as an editor and director. Unkrich is married to Laura Century and they have three children: Hannah, Alice, and Max.[1]

Unkrich is the 2011 recipient of University of Southern California's Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.

Filmography

  • Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991) (TV) (production assistant
  • Silk Stalkings (1991) (TV Series) (assistant editor, editor, director)
  • Renegade (1993) (TV series) (assistant editor)
  • Betrayed by Love (1994) (TV) (assistant editor)
  • Separated by Murder (1995) (TV) (editor)
  • Toy Story (1995) (editor)
  • A Bug's Life (1998) (editor)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) (co-director, editor, additional story material)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) (co-director, additional editor)
  • Finding Nemo (2003) (co-director, supervising editor)
  • Cars (2006) (additional editor)
  • Ratatouille (2007) (additional editor)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010) (director, story, additional voice) (BAFTA) (Academy Award)
  • Monsters University (2013) (executive producer)
  • Untitled Pixar Dia de los Muertos film (TBA) (director)[3][4]

References

  1. ^ a b O'Connor, Clint (June 12, 2010). Toy Story 3': Director Lee Unkrich, from Chagrin Falls, doesn't want to break Pixar's golden streak"'". Cleveland.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed March 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Graser, Marc (April 2, 2013). "‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel ‘Finding Dory’ Swims Thanksgiving 2015". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 

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