Walt Disney was an all American film producer, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist. He transformed the entertainment industry completely, with his innovative ideas and creative visions.
Childhood & Early Life
Walter Elias Disney was born to Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney on December 5th 1901. His father was an Irish-Canadian by descent and his mother was a German-American. He had four siblings, three brothers and a sister.At the age of four, he moved to Marceline, Missouri and this is where he began to develop and grow his passion for art. Later, Walt once again moved in 1911 to Kansas city where he continued his education and it was here he was introduced to the world of motion picture. In 1917, he moved back to Chicago and enrolled himself in McKinley High School and at night, he would attend Chicago Art Institute. He was also a cartoonist for the local newspaper.
In 1919 he moved back to Kansas City in 1919 and started working at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, as ad-writer. It was there that he met Ubbe Iwerks. He was later introduced into the world of animation and this is where he began to develop his skills and become an animator . He entered into a business deal with a local theatre owner, Frank L Newman to screen the cartoons which he named, Laugh-o-Grams. The popularity of the cartoons led to the opening of Laugh-o-Grams studio. However, financial debt caused the closure of the studio in 1923. Impervious to the bankruptcy, he aimed to set up a studio in California. Together with his brother Roy and Iwerks, he opened Disney Brother’s Studio. It was here that success came as they created the cartoon characters that we love to see today, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. There company continues to grow and it now has a net worth of 5 billion dollars.
Awards & Achievements
He was a prouder winner of:
- The Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1953.
- Nine Emmy Awards
- Twenty two Academy Awards (which is the highest any one individual has ever won)
- Golden Globe Special Achievement Award
He married Lillian Bound in 1925. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Diane Marie Disney in 1933. They adopted Sharon Mae Disney in 1936.He died on December 15, 1966 due to lung cancer. Two days later, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.