Chris Renaud - Biography

Last Modified: Oct 18, 2022

Chris Renaud
Profession: Filmmaker, Illustrator, Director, Producer
Best Known For: Minions (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : November 30, 1966 (age 57)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Chris Renaud
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: N/A
High School: Parkland High School
University: Baum School of Art, Syracuse University
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Lauren Renaud
Children: 2

Kiely Renaud (daughter)
John Renaud (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.85 meter (6 feet 1 inch)
Weight: 86 kg (189.60 lb)
Hair Color: Bald
Eye Color: Green
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Chris Renaud?

Chris Renaud is a filmmaker, and illustrator by profession and by American by nationality. He is best known for his work in Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, No Time for Nuts, Secret Life of Pets, and Secret Life of Pets 2.

Chris Renaud in 2015 (The Morning Call)

Chris Renaud – Bio, Age, Parents, Siblings

Chris Renaud’s birth took place on November 30, 1966, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The family moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, when he was 15 as his father, who worked for Bethlehem Steel was transferred to their main office. 

Other facts about his siblings, mother, father, and childhood are scarce. 

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended Parkland High School. After graduation, he enrolled at Baum School of Art from which he graduated in 1985 where he received a $1,000 scholarship. He also attended Syracuse University, graduating with an illustration degree in 1989.

His ethnicity is Caucasian.

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Chris Renaud – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

He married his longtime girlfriend Lauren Renaud in March 2012 after years of dating. He and his wife have two children together- daughter Kiely Renaud and son John Renaud.

As of 2019, the couple is happy together in Paris, France without rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce. 

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Chris Renaud, Lauren Renaud with their children in 2016 (Image: Shutterstock)

Chris Renaud – Career

Early Career

Soon after graduating, Renaud began working as a graphic designer in the sports entertainment industry and made logos and mascots for NFL, NBA, Foot Locker, etc. After that, he began drawing comics for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

Other works

Chris Renaud then began working with cartoon animals including The Book of Pooh, Bear in the Big Blue House, and LazyTown, and as the lead visual development and design for It's a Big Big World.

He has worked as a story artist on Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Horton Hears a Who! While co-directing the short film  No Time for Nuts

After moving to Paris, he started working for Illumination Entertainment. He has directed Despicable Me (2010), Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), etc. while he was the executive producer for Despicable Me 3 (2017), The Grinch (2018), and Minions (2015).

Worked with

Chris Renaud has worked with  Pierre Coffin, a French voice actor, director, and animator. 

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Chris Renaud with fellow director Pierre Coffin (Image: Cartoon Brew)

Chris Renaud – Awards, Nominations

Renaud received an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for his work in No Time for Nuts and won an Annie Award. 

Chris Renaud – Net Worth, Salary

Although most of Chris Renaud’s professional life is well known there have been estimates on his salary and net worth. 

Chris Renaud – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

On social media Renaud is absent. He has no known Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.

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