Dan Lee

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Dan Lee
Born (1969-05-19)May 19, 1969
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died January 15, 2005(2005-01-15) (aged 35)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
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.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Lee died January 15, 2005 from lung cancer in Berkeley, California.[1] Ratatouille was dedicated to Lee.



  1. ^ Harris M. Lentz III (9 May 2006). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 222–. ISBN 978-0-7864-2489-4. 
  2. ^ Karen Paik (24 November 2015). The Art of Ratatouille. Chronicle Books LLC. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-1-4521-4754-3. 

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