Disney, Walt, 1901-1966

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1901-12-05
Death 1966-12-15
Gender:
Male
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Walt Disney (b. December 5, 1901, Chicago, IL–d. December 15, 1966, Burbank, CA) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual.

As a boy in Chicago, Disney took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. Disney died of lung cancer in December 1966.

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Subjects:

  • Thank-you notes

Occupations:

  • Animators
  • Entertainers
  • Screenwriters
  • Artists
  • Film producers
  • Voice actors and actresses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Directors

Places:

  • Burbank, CA, US
  • Chicago, IL, US