Peter Ramsey

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Peter Ramsey
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Ramsey at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Peter A. Ramsey

1962/1963 (age 58–59)[1]
OccupationIllustrator, storyboard artist, story artist, film director, film producer
Known forRise of the Guardians
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Peter A. Ramsey (born 1962 or 1963) is an American illustrator, storyboard artist, story artist, film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians (2012) and co-directing Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). For Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he became the first African American to be nominated for and win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Early life[edit]

Ramsey grew up in the Crenshaw District of South Los Angeles, and graduated at 17 from Pali High. He studied painting at UCLA for two years before enrolling in film classes at Los Angeles City College.[2]


His first job in Hollywood was painting a mural, but soon he was working as a storyboard artist and production illustrator on 26 films including Predator 2, Backdraft, Independence Day, Fight Club and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He was a second unit director for Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Tank Girl and Godzilla. Aron Warner, the producer of Tank Girl, suggested he join DreamWorks Animation.[3] After initially being uninterested, Ramsey joined DreamWorks as a story artist for Shrek the Third and Shrek the Halls.

In 2012, he directed Rise of the Guardians, based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood books, making him the first African-American to direct a big-budget animated feature.[1] In 2018, he co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[4]

Ramsey is a member of AMPAS, the Directors Guild of America and The Animation Guild.[5]



Second unit director[edit]

Storyboard artist[edit]




  1. ^ a b Tulich, Katherine (July 21, 2012). "'Rise of the Guardians' director a self-taught success". Glendale News-Press. Glendale, California. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. ^ McDonald, Pamela Mays. "Another "First" in Artistic Achievement: Director Peter Ramsey". Black Voices. HuffPost. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ Cavna, Michael (30 November 2012). "'RISE OF THE GUARDIANS': 'The Obama of animation'? Director Peter Ramsey deflects the comparison — but not the responsibility". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Careers In Film Summit - Biographies". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ Grobar, Matt (January 18, 2017). "Sony's Untitled 'Spider-Man' Animated Film To Feature Miles Morales As Lead Character". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ McMillan, Graeme (August 9, 2019). "Lion Forge Animation Launches With 'Hair Love' Short". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  8. ^ B. Vary, Adam (April 19, 2021). "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Sequel Snares New Directing Trio (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2021.

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