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Lee Unkrich      

Award-Winning Director, Film Editor & Screenwriter at Pixar; Best Known for "Toy Story 3"

John Lasseter calls him "one of the greatest talents to ever work in the medium. He's so amazing with his staging, cutting and camera direction, and his knowledge of the dynamics of filmmaking. We've all learned so much from Lee and he's elevated our films to a new level. The art of cinema at Pixar owes a great debt of gratitude to him."

Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television as an editor and director. He graduated from University of Southern California's prestigious film school in 1991, where he created several award-winning short films. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Unkrich spent his youth acting at the Cleveland Playhouse.

After trying his hand at acting during his teen years, Lee quickly realized that he was more suited to a career behind the scenes and subsequently enrolled at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.

Unkrich made his feature co-directing debut on the Golden Globe-winning 1999 Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story 2, and went on to co-direct Monsters, Inc. Prior to those films, he collaborated with Lasseter in his role as film editor on Toy Story and A Bug's Life. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.

In 2011, he received an Academy Award for his directorial debut of Toy Story 3 and is working on his next Pixar feature, Coco.

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