Oscar-Winning Pixar Animator Ralph Eggleston Dies at 56

In a career that spanned over 30 years, Eggleston worked on animation classics like 'Monsters, Inc.', 'Up,' 'WALL-E' and many more.

Ralph Eggleston, the veteran Pixar animator, art director and production designer who won an Oscar for his much-loved short film For the Birds, has died. He was 56.

The Pixar Post reported that Eggleston died on Aug. 28 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Pixar and the world will be forever grateful,” tweeted the official Pixar account honoring Eggleston on Tuesday.

“Truly one of a kind. His massive talent was matched only by his kindness,” tweeted Lightyear director Angus MacLane.

Eggleston was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1956. He attended Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles.

He began his animation career at Bill Kroyer’s Kroyer Films working on projects such as the TV pilot Computer Warriors (1990) and the feature FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992).

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