Lee Unkrich

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Lee Unkrich
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Lee Unkrich at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born Lee Edward Unkrich
(1967-08-08) August 8, 1967 (age 50)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Director, editor, screenwriter
Years active 1990–present
Known for Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Spouse(s) Laura Century[1]
Children 3[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 in 2010, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, and most recently directed Coco in 2017.

Life and career[edit]

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 the 2011 recipient of University of Southern California's Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.

Unkrich is Vice-President of Editorial and Layout at Pixar.

Unkrich is married to Laura Century and they have three children: Hannah, Alice, and Max.[1] Unkrich was raised Jewish.[3]


  • 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)
  • The Good Dinosaur (2015) (executive producer)
  • Coco (2017) (director, story, editor)[4][5][6]
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)[7] (story)


  1. ^ a b c 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 Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine., USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed March 10, 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/features/coco-under-the-spell-of-mexico/
  4. ^ Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Graser, Marc (April 2, 2013). "'Finding Nemo' Sequel 'Finding Dory' Swims Thanksgiving 2015". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Douglas, Edward; Lesnick, Silas (August 14, 2015). "D23: Pixar Animation Presents New Footage from Upcoming Slate". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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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