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Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich in 2009
Born August 8, 1967 (1967-08-08) (age 42)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation Director and Editor
Years active 1990 - Present

Lee Edward Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director and film editor.

He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later moved into directing, as co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo (2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature).

Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television as an editor and director. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Unkrich spent his youth acting at the Detroit Playhouse.

Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.[1] He is a member of American Cinema Editors.

Unkrich came to Pixar on a temporary assignment during the development of Toy Story and he hasn't left. He is currently directing Toy Story 3, set for release on June 18, 2010. Unkrich has 3 children.


  • 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 (2006) (additional editor)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010) (director)


  1. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed March 10, 2008.

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