Walt Disney

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Date of Birth December 5, 1901
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Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, 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, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. 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.

Born: Walter Elias Disney, December 5, 1901, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: December 15, 1966, Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation: Entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, film producer
Board member of: The Walt Disney Company (1923–1966)
Relatives: See Disney family
Awards: 26 Academy Awards, (22 competitive, 4 honorary), 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 Emmy Award
IMDb: Walt Disney's IMDb
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About Walt Disney

Animator, voice actor, producer, and entertainer who founded The Walt Disney Company and created the iconic character Mickey Mouse. He produced such classic films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Cinderella.

Before Fame

He worked as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France.

Achievement

Over the course of his storied career, he set a record for Oscar wins with 22 as well as Oscar nominations with 59. He also received 4 honorary Oscars.

Family Life

He founded The Walt Disney Company with his brother Roy O. Disney. He married Lillian Bounds in 1925. He had two daughters: Diane and Sharon.

Associations

He lost the rights to one of his earliest characters Oswald the Lucky Rabbit when he left the distributor Universal Pictures in 1928. In 2006, The Walt Disney Company traded sportscaster Al Michaels to NBC Universal as part of a package that included the renewal of ownership for Oswald.

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