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Travis Knight Biography

Updated On 03 May, 2017 Published On 03 May, 2017
Travis Knight

Facts of Travis Knight

Age : 49 years old
Family Name : Knight
Birth Country : United States

Relationship short Statistics of Travis Knight

What is Travis Knight marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Travis Knight have ? (name): 0 Children
Is Travis Knight having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Travis Knight Gay ? No

An American film director, animator, and producer and also former rapper, Travis Knight is best known for working as the main animator for Laika Entertainment and for directing Kubo and the Two Strings which was his debut as a director. As Chilly Tee, he released one rap album, 1993s Get Off Mine, and single of the same name. He is the current president and CEO of Laika, alongside serving on the board of directors of his fathers company, Nike, Inc., a position Travis assumed in 2015.

Early Life & Education

Travis Knight is an American animator, producer and film director and former rapper. He is best known as the  animator for Laika Entertainment and for directing “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

The 43-years-old Travis belongs to white ethnicity and holds an American nationality. He is the son of Phil Knight, the founder and chairman of Nike, and Penny Knight.

Travis attended Jesuit High School in Oregon. After completing his high school, he studied at Portland State University and graduated from there.

Music Career

As “Chilly Tee,” Knight released a rap album, in 1993, “Get Off Mine,” and single of the same name. The album featured production from The Bomb Squad, and he wrote most of the lyrics.

Animation Career

Travis worked at Will Vinton Studios for a decade, begin as an intern, and after then he worked as a stop-motion animator. He worked on the Emmy Award-winning television series titled, “The PJs,” produced by Imagine Entertainment and Eddie Murphy Productions, as well as the animated series “Gary & Mike” on UPN.

Knight animated lots of TV commercials and promo spots, such as the NFL campaign on Fox.

Since 2005, Knight has been one of the lead members of the stop-motion animation studio Laika, where he served as Vice President of Animation, Lead Animator, and producer for both the stop-motion and CG animation staff on ParaNorman, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls.

Travis is also one of the Laika board of directors. He was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards along with Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, for The Boxtrolls. He made his directorial debut, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” in 2014 but released in 2016.

In 2015, Knight became the CEO and president of Laika, alongside serving on the board of directors of his father’s company, Nick, Inc.

Awards and Honors

Travis was honored by Animation Magazine as one of the 12 “Rising Stars of Animation.” He was awarded the first Alumni Achievement Award from Portland State University (graduated in 1998), in October 2012.

Personal Life

The American animator Travis is a married man, and father of the three children. However, he kept his personal life very secret. He never revealed about his married life in social media. Knight has not mentioned his wife's name and even his children's name. 

Net Worth

The CEO and president of Laika, Travis has an estimated net worth of billions of dollars. Although his net worth has not been mentioned yet, his father Phil Knight has an estimated net worth of $22.5 billion.


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