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Name: Nick Park  
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Date of Birth: 6th December 1958
Place of Birth: Preston, Lancashire, England, UK
Profession: Director
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Nick Park holding a model of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit on the red carpet at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Nicholas Wulstan Park CBE (born December 6, 1958) is a British maker of stop motion animation best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.

Nick Park was born in Preston in Lancashire, and grew up with a keen interest in drawing cartoons. He studied Communication Arts at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) and then went to the National Film and Television School, where he started making the first Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out.

In 1985 he joined the staff of Aardman Animations in Bristol, where he worked as an animator on commercial products (including the video for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer") and completed A Grand Day Out. With A Grand Day Out in post-production, he made Creature Comforts as his contribution to a series of shorts called "Lip Synch". Creature Comforts matched animated zoo animals with a soundtrack of people talking about their homes. The two films were nominated for a host of awards; A Grand Day Out beat Creature Comforts for the BAFTA award, but it was Creature Comforts that won Park his first Oscar.

Two more Wallace and Gromit shorts, The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave (1995), followed, and both won Oscars. He then made his first feature-length film, Chicken Run (2000), co-directed with Aardman founder Peter Lord. He also supervised a new series of "Creature Comforts" films for British television in 2003. His second feature film and first Wallace and Gromit feature, Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was released in October 2005.

Tragedy struck on October 10, 2005, when fire gutted out Aardman Animations' archive warehouse. The fire resulted in the loss of most of Park's creations, including the models used in the hit movie Chicken Run. However, some of the original Wallace & Gromit models and sets were elsewhere and survived.

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