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. Unkrich is the 2011 recipient of University of Southern California's Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts. With the award, Unkrich joins a list of distinguished USC alumni including Robert Zemeckis, Walter Murch, Jon Landau, Gary Rydstrom and Jay Roach.
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. 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.
- 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 (2016) (director)
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