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Bob Peterson is an Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter, and director at Pixar Animation Studios as well as the voice of several of the studio’s memorable characters.
Peterson has been a key player at Pixar since 1994. His first assignment was as a layout artist and animator on “Toy Story.” He went on to work as a story artist on “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2,” and as story supervisor for “Monsters, Inc.”
Peterson and his fellow writers, Andrew Stanton and David Reynolds, were recognized with an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Pixar’s 2003 film “Finding Nemo.” In addition to his writing contributions to the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Peterson lent his voice to the character of Mr. Ray, the tuneful manta ray teacher, a role he returned to 13 years later for Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.”
Peterson made his directorial debut as co-director of the Academy Award-winning 2009 feature “Up,” and was nominated with Director Pete Docter and Writer Thomas McCarthy for “Best Original Screenplay.” Peterson also contributed to the story for “The Good Dinosaur,” which was released in November 2015, and worked as a writer on “Cars 3” that came out in June 2017.
In addition to Mr. Ray from “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” Peterson has voiced several of Pixar’s most memorable characters; he was the voice of the aged chess-playing hero of the short “Geri’s Game,” the paperwork-obsessed slug-woman Roz in “Monsters, Inc.” and the loveable and loyal Dug the dog in “Up.”
Born in Wooster, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York and Dover, Ohio, Peterson earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University. While studying for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, Peterson had his first experience working in a computer graphics lab. It was there that he also first experienced cartooning, writing and drawing for “Loco-Motives,” a daily four-panel strip for Purdue University’s “Exponent” newspaper.
Upon graduating from Purdue, Peterson moved to Santa Barbara, California, to work for Maya creator Wavefront Technologies, and then to Hollywood-based Rezn8 Productions before joining Pixar in 1994.
He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.