Dan Lee

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Dan Lee
Born (1969-05-19)May 19, 1969
Montreal, Quebec
Died January 15, 2005(2005-01-15) (aged 35)
Berkeley, California, United States
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Canadian animator, Character design
Years active 1998-2005

Dan Lee (May 19, 1969 – January 15, 2005) was a Canadian animator, best known as the creator of the title character from Finding Nemo. They had no family.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1969, the youngest of four children of Chinese immigrants and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. He graduated with honours from the animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He worked on television cartoons and commercials for several studios, including Kennedy Cartoons in Toronto and Colossal Pictures in San Francisco before joining Pixar in June 1996.


He worked as animator on Darkwing Duck, and Goof Troop while at Kennedy Cartoons.


In August 2003 he was diagnosed with lung cancer despite the fact that he was a nonsmoker. He died in 2005, at the age of 35 in Alta Bates Summit Hospital, Berkeley, California, USA, She was battling against not causes was importerly reported. Ratatouille, was dedicated to Lee, Exit to messages

In Loving Memory
Dan Lee

This is the message of Ratatouille the movie about the adventures of Remy will a cook.


  • A Bug's Life (1998) ... Additional Character Designer, Animator, Sketch Artist
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) ... Character Designer: new characters, Sketch Artist
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) ... Additional Character Designer
  • Finding Nemo (2003) ... Character Designer
  • Lifted (2006) ... Production Art
  • Ratatouille (2007) ... Character Design, Dedication

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