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Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin (born March 15, 1967) is a French animator and director. He co-directs the Despicable Me series with Chris Renaud. He is also the primary voice actor of the Minions and young Balthazar Bratt. he is of Indonesian descent. as his mother is from Indonesia.

Early and Personal life[]

Coffin was born in France to Yves Coffin, a French diplomat, and Nh. Dini, an Indonesian novelist. He was trained at the Gobelins animation school in Paris and started to work at Amblin, the 2D London-based facility, where he worked on the Steven Spielberg-executive-produced We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story. He then started as a freelance animator in the French CGI studio Ex Machina where he worked as an animator and eventually animation supervisor. Pierre Coffin's directorial career began with a short named Pings in 1997. He then started to collaborate by doing commercials with Passion Pictures Paris and Max Guff. He created the characters Pat & Stan for the titular TF1 TV series. In 2010 he completed, with Chris Renaud, the feature CGI animated movie Despicable Me for Universal. In 2011, he directed a short film called Brad & Gary. He was the director, screenplayer, and the voice actor for Brad.

Coffin directed Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), with Renaud, Despicable Me 3 (2017) and the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions (2015) with Kyle Balda. He will reprise his role as the Minions in Despicable Me 4 and Minions: The Rise of Gru.




Year Film Position Company
2010 Despicable Me Director/Voice Actor (Minions) Illumination Entertainment
2013 Despicable Me 2
2015 Minions
2017 Despicable Me 3 Director/Voice Actor (Minions and Museum Director)/Additional Voice
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru Voice Actor (Minions)
2024 Despicable Me 4
2027 Minions 3 Director/Voice Actor (Minions)


Year Film Position Company
2010 Home Makeover Executive Producer/Voice Actor (Minions and Social Worker) Illumination Entertainment
Orientation Day Executive Producer/Voice Actor (as Minions)
Banana Writer/Executive Producer/Voice Actor (as Minions)
Minion Madness Director/Voice Actor (Minions, Social Worker)
2011 Brad & Gary Director/Voice Actor (Brad)
2012 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Voice Actor (as Minions)
2013 Puppy Executive Producer/Voice Actor (Minions)
Panic in the Mailroom Voice Actor (Minions)
Training Wheels Executive Producer/Voice Actor (Minions)
2015 Cro Minion Voice Actor (Minions)
2016 Minions Oscars Segment 2016
Mower Minions
2017 The Secret Life of Kyle Voice Actor (Minions) Illumination Entertainment Films
Yellow is the New Black Producer/Voice Actor (Minions)
2019 Minions Holiday Special Voice Actor (Minions)
Minion Scouts
2023 Mooned Illumination
2024 Midnight Mission


Year Show Position Company
2004-2010 Pat & Stan Creator


Mac Guff



  • Pierre Coffin is actually a French-Indonesian. His father is a French diplomat and his mother is an Indonesian writer.[2]
  • Coffin lent his voice to all 899 minions in the film, including Kevin, Bob, Stuart, Otto, Mel, the Evil Minions and other additional minions. 


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