What Is The Net Worth Of Chris Buck?

American director Chris Buck is best known for co-directing animated adventure movie Tarzan. Similarly, he is also famous as a director of Surf’s Up, Frozen, and Frozen II.

Besides a director, Chris is also an animator, screenwriter, and voice actor. As of 2021, Buck is worth $2 million.


Chris Buck was born Christopher James Buck on February 24, 1958, in Wichita, Kansas, United States.

Regarding his education, he graduated from El Dorado High School. Later, he attended the California Institute of the Arts.

Father Of Three: Eldest Son Died In A Car Crash

Chris Buck is married to Shelley Rae Hinton. His wife is a sound editor who has won both the Emmy and Oscar Award.

The couple had a son named Ryder Buck. Their late son was a singer and songwriter. Ryder was recovering from a year-long battle with Stage 4 testicular cancer when shockingly, at the age of 23, he died in a car accident. He was hit by two cars after his car broke down on the Glendale Freeway.

Chris Buck's late son Ryder Buck
Chris Buck’s late son Ryder Buck

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Trivia: Chris won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for co-directing Frozen on March 2, 2014. The award was dedicated to his eldest son Ryder. 

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The couple also has two more children named Reed Buck and Woody Buck.

Journey To Earn Million Dollar

Frozen director Chris Buck began his career serving as an employer in Walt Disney Animation Studios from 1978 to 2004. After that, he joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2004; however, he left his job after four years in 2008.

In 2008, again Buck joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio, and since then, he has been working there only. His first film as a director titled Family Dog – Snow Dog was released in 1993.

After that, in 1995, the versatile personality contributed as a character designer and supervisor in the movie Pocahontas. Similarly, his work credits include The Fox and the Hound, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Brave Little Toaster, The Little Mermaid, Home on the Range, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, and others.

Frozen Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Frozen Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

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Besides that, Chris, along with Kevin Lima, directed the movie Tarzan in 1999. Also, he co-directed the film Surf’s Up with Ash Brannon. In 2013, Chris and Jennifer Lee directed the animated 3D film Frozen with Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana.

No doubt, the versatile personality has worked in numerous hit films in his life. Here are a few lists of his movies with earnings and budget.

Movies Budget Box Office Collection
Tarzan $130 million $448.2 million
Surf’s Up $100 million $149 million
Frozen $150 million $1.276 billion
Frozen II $150 million+ $1.034 billion
The Fox and the Hound $12 million $63.5 million
The Little Mermaid $40 million $233 million
Pocahontas $55 million $346.1 million

The Frozen cast and crew were back with a bang with the movie Frozen II, the 6th Disney movie, to collect more than $1.5 billion at the box office only in 2021.