Lee Edward Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director, film editor, screenwriter, and animator. He was 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
, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. , Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with Finding Nemo in 2010, and most recently directed Toy Story 3 in 2017, both of which won the Coco Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
After working at the studio for twenty-five years, Unkrich left Pixar in February 2019 to spend time with his family.
Early life and career
Unkrich was raised in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His mother is from a Jewish family, whereas his father converted to Judaism.    He spent his youth acting at  The Cleveland Play House. Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.
Unkrich was Vice-President of Editorial and Layout at
Pixar. Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television as an editor and director. He is the 2011 recipient of the University of Southern California's Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.
On January 18, 2019, Unkrich announced he was leaving Pixar and the film industry to spend time with his family.
Unkrich is married to Laura Century and they have three children: Hannah, Alice, and Max.
Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991) (TV) (production assistant)
(1991) (TV Series) (assistant editor, editor, director) Silk Stalkings
(1993) (TV series) (assistant editor) Renegade
Betrayed by Love (1994) (TV) (assistant editor)
Separated by Murder (1995) (TV) (editor)
(1995) (editor) Toy Story
(1998) (editor) A Bug's Life
(1999) (co-director, editor, additional story material) Toy Story 2
(2001) (co-director, additional editor) Monsters, Inc.
(2003) (co-director, supervising editor) Finding Nemo
(2006) (additional editor) Cars
(2007) (additional editor) Ratatouille
(2010) (director, story, additional voice) (BAFTA) (Academy Award) Toy Story 3
(2013) (executive producer) Monsters University
(2015) (executive producer) The Good Dinosaur
(2017) (director, story) (BAFTA) (Academy Award) Coco (2019) Toy Story 4 (executive producer) 
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