Profile: Peter A. Ramsey (1963-)

Peter A. Ramsey is an American film director, illustrator, and writer. He is best known for directing DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians (2012) and Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), the latter of which he co-directed alongside Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. For Spider-Man, he became the first African American to be nominated for and win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Early life

Ramsey grew up in the Crenshaw District of South Los Angeles, and graduated at 17 from Pali High. He studied painting at UCLA for two years before enrolling in film classes at Los Angeles City College.

Career

His first job in Hollywood was painting a mural.

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