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David F. Reynolds
The second of six children born and raised in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, David Reynolds attended St. Ignatius College Prep before entering Illinois Benedictine College. After graduating with a degree in history in 1982, Reynolds made the obvious choice (to him at least) to study improvisation at Second City. There he met and performed with many of today’s leading comedic actors including Robert Smigel and Naperville’s favorite son, Bob Odenkirk. In 1988, Reynolds performed in a sketch show in Chicago with Smigel, Odenkirk and Conan O’Brien called, “Happy, Happy Good Show.” That show introduced the world to “The Superfans” and the catchphrase, “Da Bears.”
In 1993, Reynolds was hired as one of the original writers on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” After more than 400 shows, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles where he was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation to work on the movie “Tarzan.” It was during this time that Disney also asked him to work with a little-known animation studio called Pixar (which later that year would release its first movie, “Toy Story”). Pixar hired him to work on its second feature, “A Bug’s Life.” For the next six years, Reynolds worked on almost every animated movie in production for both Disney and Pixar. During this run, he wrote the screenplay for “The Emperor’s New Groove” and co-wrote “Finding Nemo.” He was nominated for an Oscar and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Original Screenplay for “Finding Nemo” as well as a BAFTA award for “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
Reynolds lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is currently working on both film and television projects, some he can talk about and others he’d rather forget.