Producer John Walker brings a diverse background to his role at Pixar Animation Studios; including live theater, animation, and live action production. Prior to coming to Pixar, Walker served as Associate Producer for Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones and The Iron Giant, during which he began his association with Brad Bird. Upon joining Pixar in August 2000, Walker worked with Bird as the Producer of the Academy Award® winning feature The Incredibles. He most recently served as an Executive Producer for Disney’s Tomorrowland, also directed by Bird. Walker is currently working as Producer on the upcoming Pixar project, Incredibles 2.
Born in Elgin, Illinois, Walker studied English at the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, he continued his education at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before returning to Chicago. There he pursued a theatre career which included a seven-year stint as Managing Director at the Tony Award®-winning Victory Gardens Theatre where he produced over 30 new plays.
Walker also served as President of the League of Chicago Theatres for three years; as General Manager of the Royal George Theatre; Managing Director of Peninsula Players Theatre; and as General Manager for Cullen, Henaghan & Platt, a commercial theatre producing partnership. Walker co-produced John Logan’s Hauptmann at New York’s Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre before moving his career into feature films at Warner Bros.