Tom McGrath Biography

American voice actor, animator and film director

Thomas McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American voice actor, animator, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for co-directing the DreamWorks animated film Madagascar with Eric Darnell. The film later spawned three sequels and an animated series. McGrath also stepped in on Flushed Away by Aardman, the creators of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, to help make improvements prior to its release. He has also directed other DreamWorks animated films such as Megamind, The Boss Baby and its 2021 sequel.


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Filmography
    • 2.1 Feature films
    • 2.2 Short films
    • 2.3 Television series
    • 2.4 Video games
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Life and career

McGrath was born and raised in Lynnwood, Washington. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and graduated from the Character Animation program at Cal Arts. McGrath's experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Cool World and Space Jam, storyboard artist and director for The Ren and Stimpy Show, and storyboard artist on the live action film Cats & Dogs. He also worked as a storyboard artist, concept artist and prop and set designer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

McGrath made his film directing debut as the co-director and co-writer of Madagascar along with Eric Darnell, where he also voiced the leader of the squad of penguin characters, Skipper. He reprised his role as Skipper and co-directed and co-wrote the sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He also worked on The Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off TV series, as a creative consultant and as the voice of Skipper. He directed Megamind, released in November 2010.

In 2017, he directed The Boss Baby, and has also directed the 2021 sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business.


Feature films

Short films

Television series

Video games


    External links

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