Lee Unkrich

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Lee Unkrich
Lee Unkrich cropped 2009.jpg
Lee Unkrich in 2009
Born Lee Edward Unkrich
(1967-08-08) August 8, 1967 (age 49)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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 Edward 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.



  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. 
  5. ^ Douglas, Edward; Lesnick, Silas (August 14, 2015). "D23: Pixar Animation Presents New Footage from Upcoming Slate". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (October 26, 2016). "'Incredibles 2' Hitting Theaters a Year Early, 'Toy Story 4' Pushed Back to 2019". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 

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