Travis Knight Biography, Age, Family, Height, and Net Worth

Travis Knight Biography

Travis Andrew Knight is an American animator, film director, and producer. He has worked as the lead animator for stop-motion animation studio Laika and directed the films Kubo and the Two Strings released in 2016 and Bumblebee released in 2018. 

He went to Jesuit High School, near Beaverton, Oregon and then joined Portland State University where he graduated from.

Travis Knight Age

Knight was born on 13 September 1973. He is 48 years old as of 2022.

Travis Knight Family| Travis Knight Dad

Knight was born in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was born to his parents Penelope parks and Phill Knight who is the founder and chairman of Nike.

His grandfather is the famous publisher William W. Knight who was also a lawyer and politician.

Wife|Donna Huyssoon|Is Travis Married

Travis married the love of his life Donna Huyssoon.Together they have three children.

 Career |Director | Rapper

Knight began his career as a rapper performing under the name “Chilly Tee”. He produced his first album which consists of five songs in a recording studio built in his father’s mansion.

The demo album attracted the attention of Bernie Singleton, president of MCA, who passed it to producer Hank Shocklee. He liked the demo and agreed to produce Knight’s debut album with his production team, The Bomb Squad.

During the period of recording his debut album, he decided to move into his parents’ Manhattan penthouse for six months.

Furthermore, the Bomb Squad helped him develop fleshed out choruses since Shocklee felt that Knight was very skilled at writing verses, but not that skilled in making strong choruses.

After releasing the album, Knight claimed that the record did not sell well and he disliked performing but according to Shocklee, “One of the reasons why it didn’t catch on was because it was one record that came out of nowhere, and rap is about building momentum.”

However, Shocklee is proud of the album, saying, “This record still holds up. You can play it now and it doesn’t sound dated.”

Since Knight’s father was an investor in will Vinton Studios he persuaded the company to hire Travis as an intern immediately after his graduation from Portland State University. Knight worked on the television series The PJs for Fox Studios and Gary & Mike on UPN, as well as television commercials and promo spots. 

By 2003, Knight’s father Phil Knight became a controlling shareholder in Will Vinton Studios.Additionally, the company had been losing money due to poor management, and Travis Knight was promoted to the board of directors, despite him not having any management skills and experience.

The Knights rebranded the company as Laika when they recognized that the company had begun to fail after the departure of Vinton. Besides, Travis Knight has been the vice president of animation in Laika since 2005.

In 2014, he began working on his directorial debut, Kubo and the Two Strings. The American stop-motion action fantasy film was released in 2016. Knight together with Arianne Sutner was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, for Kubo and the Two Strings.

Travis Knight Films

Year

Title

Director

Producer

2012

ParaNorman

No

Yes

2014

The Boxtrolls

No

Yes

2016

Kubo and the Two Strings

Yes

Yes

2018

Bumblebee[13]

Yes

No

2019

Missing Link

No

Yes

Travis Knight Animation

Year

Title

2000

Boyer Brothers

The PJs

2001

Gary & Mike

2002

Día de Los Muertos

2005

Moongirl

2009

Coraline

2012

ParaNorman

2014

The Boxtrolls

2016

Kubo and the Two Strings

Travis Knight Net Worth

Knight is in charge of a trust that is in control of 38 million shares of Nike stock which is equivalent to a stake worth of $2.3 billion. His father Phill Knight the co-founder of Nike has an estimated net worth of $33 billion.

 Nike

Knight’s father Phill Knight is the co-founder of the company Nike which was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports, before its name was changed to Nike Inc. on May 30, 1971.

The company itself was founded on January 25, 1964, by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Knight is now in charge of  a trust that is in control of 38 million shares of Nike stock which is equivalent to a stake worth of $2.3 billion.

 Bumblebee

Director Travis Knight was behind the production of Sci-fi film Bumblebee which was released in 2018. The film focuses on Bumblebee whose on the run in the year of 1987.

He finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Travis Knight Next Movie

Knight’s upcoming movie is called Missing Link. The film was delayed because he was busy directing his other film Bumblebee. The movie is supposed to be released in 2019.

 Height|How Tall Is Travis?

Travis stands at a height of 5′ 11”(1.80m)