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November 23, 1966 |
Los Angeles County, California
|Alma mater||Fullerton College
California College of the Arts
|Occupation||Character sculptor and voice actor for Pixar|
|Relatives||Joe Ranft (brother)|
Ranft attend Fullerton College in California at the age of 17. From that point he knew that sculpting was for him. His instructor was Don Treadway, who would become a valued mentor and future boss. He later transferred to California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland where he earned degree in sculpture. His first job out of school was on the Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Ranft joined Pixar in 1997 working as a character sculptor on Geri's Game (1997) and later on Pixar's second film A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Brave (2012). He stated in an interview that he does not fall in love with just one sculpture he made but all of them and that for the character of Sulley he created over 30 different sculptures. He also provided the voice of the character Gamma in Up (2009) and Dug's Special Mission, Red in Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs and Cars 3, the Mover in Henry Selick's Coraline, as well as Jacques in Finding Dory (2016), the sequel to Finding Nemo (2003), in which his brother Joe voiced the same character. Before joining Pixar, Jerome served as a character sculptor for Disney's James and the Giant Peach (1996).
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