Walt Disney

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  • Birth Name: Walter Elias Disney
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Died: December 15, 1966
  • Profession: Animator, Producer, Director, Writer, Voice actor
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Fast Facts

  • Once worked for animator Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker, in the Universal Studios animation division.
  • His 1928 short Steamboat Willie was the first synchronized sound cartoon.
  • During the early 1930s, developed the multiplane camera, which revolutionized animation by enabling the camera to look through a series of animation "planes" (up to seven, each lighted separately from the side) to create depth and dimension.
  • In 1932, made the first all-Technicolor short, Flowers and Trees, for the Silly Symphonies series. It was the first cartoon to win an Oscar.
  • During WWII, Disney Studios produced government training and propaganda films, as well as health movies.
  • In 1947, Disney (an ardent foe of Communism) gave friendly testimony to the anti-Communist House Un-American Activities Committee.
  • Received three special Oscars, for the creation of Mickey Mouse, innovations in feature-film animation and advancement of sound in motion pictures.
  • Until his death in 1966, provided the voice for Mickey Mouse.
  • His heirs, upset over negative portrayals of Disney after his death, opened the Walk Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in 2009. His daughter Diane told the New York Times that she was especially frustrated by a Neal Gabler biography, as well as by the 1994 book Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince, which depicted Disney as a bigot (a charge his family staunchly denies).

Awards

  • 1939, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1934, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Nominee
  • 1938, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1933, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Live Action): Winner
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Documentary (Short Subject): Nominee
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  • 1935, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1938, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1950, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Winner
  • 1933, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1938, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Winner
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Documentary (Short Subject): Winner
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Documentary (Short Subject): Nominee
  • 1932, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1932, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1954, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Nominee
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1932, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Winner
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Winner
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Live Action): Nominee
  • 1937, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Winner
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Two-reel): Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Live Action): Nominee
  • 1948, Golden Globe — Special Achievement: Winner
  • 1954, Golden Globe — Special Achievement: Winner
  • 1955, Emmy — Most Outstanding New Personality: Nominee
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Producer- Film Series: Winner
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Winner
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Documentary (Short Subject): Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Winner
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1965, Emmy — Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment: Nominee

Relationships

  • Roy E. Disney — Nephew
  • Flora Call Disney — Mother
  • Sharon Mae Disney Lund — Daughter
  • Roy O. Disney — Brother
  • Lillian Bounds Disney — Wife
  • Diane Marie Disney Miller — Daughter
  • Ruth Disney — Sister
  • Elias Disney — Father

College

  • Attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Walter Elias Disney
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Died: December 15, 1966
  • Profession: Animator, Producer, Director, Writer, Voice actor

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