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John Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, as well as the chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios. He is known for his roles in various Pixar film series, including Cars, Planes, Toy Story, and A Bug's Life.
Lasseter was born in 1957 in Hollywood, California, and was raised in Whittier, California. At an early age, Lasseter had an interest in animation, and enjoyed drawing cartoons. In addition to making them, he was also a fan of animated television programs, including Chuck Jones cartoons. In high school, Lasseter read a book titled The Art of Animation, and realized that he wanted a career in animation.