Kelly Asbury is confirmed dead at the age of 60.
Kelly was best known as a American animator and film director (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron).
Kelly Asbury
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Asbury in 2016
Kelly Adam Asbury

(1960-01-15)January 15, 1960
DiedJune 26, 2020(2020-06-26) (aged 60)
Alma materLamar UniversityCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, voice actor, artist, author, illustrator
Years active1982-2020
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1983–1995, 2009-2013)
DreamWorks Animation (1995-2009)
Notable work
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Shrek 2
Gnomeo & Juliet
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Spouse(s)Loretta Weeks (1990 - 2006) Jacquie Boggs (2011 - 2020)
Kelly Adam Asbury (born January 15, 1960 - June 26, 2020) was an American animated film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author. He is best known for directing animated films, including Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet.
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links
Early life
Asbury was born in Beaumont, Texas and attended Lamar University for two years before transferring to the renowned California Institute of the Arts in 1980, where he studied animation and film making.
Asbury got his start at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1983 to 1995, and contributed storyboards for several animated films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Pixar's first feature film, Toy Story. In 1993, he was the assistant art director on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
In 1995, he began working for DreamWorks Animation, and directed two Academy Award-nominated feature films, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Shrek 2 (2004). In addition to directing, Asbury provided some of the extra voices in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
Kelly Asbury directed and co-wrote the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), for which he also provided the voices of the tiny Red Goon Gnomes. He was nominated for two Annie Awards for directing and co-writing that film.
In 2003, he wrote a non-fiction book titled Dummy Days, which is a biography of five 20th century ventriloquists. He is the author and illustrator of twelve published children's books, including Rusty's Red Vacation, Bonnie's Blue House and Yolanda's Yellow School.
In mid-2011 to mid-2012, Asbury briefly returned to Disney to contribute storyboards to Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. He recently directed Smurfs: The Lost Village for Sony Pictures Animation and UglyDolls for STX Entertainment.
Personal life
Asbury resided in Encino, California. On June 26, 2020, Asbury died after a battle with stage 4 cancer.
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