Kelly Asbury

American film director

Kelly Adam Asbury (January 15, 1960 – June 26, 2020) was an American animated movie director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author. He was best known for directing animated movies including Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet. He was born in Beaumont, Texas.

Kelly Asbury
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Asbury in 2014
Kelly Adam Asbury

(1960-01-15)January 15, 1960
DiedJune 26, 2020(2020-06-26) (aged 60)
Alma materLamar University California 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
Loretta Weeks
(m. 1990; div. 2006)

Jacquie Boggs (m. 2011)

Asbury died from stage 4 abdominal cancer at his home in Encino, California on June 26, 2020 at the age of 60.[1]


  1. Amidi, Amid (June 26, 2020). "RIP, Kelly Asbury, Director Of 'Shrek 2' and 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved June 26, 2020.