Walter Elias Disney
Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy O. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.
Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created a number of the world’s most famous fictional characters, including the one many consider Disney’s alter ego, Mickey Mouse. He received fifty-nine Academy Award nominations and won twenty-six Oscars, including a record four in one year, and thus holds the record for the individual with the most awards and the most nominations. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, Japan, France, and China.
Disney died of lung cancer on December 15, 1966, a few years prior to the opening of his Walt Disney World Resort dream project in Florida.
Disney as an ambulance driver during World War I.
Laugh O’Gram Studio
Presented as “Newman Laugh-O Grams,” Disney’s cartoons became widely popular in the Kansas City area. Through the success of Laugh-O Grams, Disney was able to acquire his own studio and hire a vast number of additional animators, including Fred Harman’s brother Hugh Harman, Rudolph Isling, and his close friend Ubbe Iwerks.Unfortunately, with all his high employee salaries unable to make up for studio profits, Walt was unable to successfully manage money and as a result, the studio would become loaded with debt. The studio would eventually wind up bankrupt; Disney then set his sights on establishing a studio in the movie industry’s capital city, Hollywood, California
Disney and his brother pooled their money to set up a cartoon studio in Hollywood. Needing to find a distributor for his new Alice Comedies-which he started making while in Kansas City, but never got to distribute- Disney sent an unfinished print to New York distributor Margaret Winkler, who promptly wrote back to him. She was keen on a distribution deal with Disney for more live-action/ animated shorts based upon Alice’s Wonderland.
Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928).
Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen (1934), released as part of the Silly Symphonies series.
A theatrical poster for the Alice Comedies short Alice in the Jungle (1925).
Walt Disney introduces each of the Seven Dwarfs in a scene from the original 1937 Snow White theatrical trailer.
The Disney entertainment empire Today, Walt Disney’s animation/motion picture studios and theme parks have developed into a multi-billion dollar television, motion picture, vacation destination and media corporation that carry his name. The Walt Disney Company today owns, among other assets, five vacation resorts, eleven theme parks, two water parks, thirty-nine hotels, eight motion picture studios, six record labels, eleven cable television networks, and one terrestrial television network. As of 2007, the company has an annual revenue of over U.S. $35 billion.
1968 US postage stamp
Born Walter Elias Disney
December 5, 1901(1901-12-05)
Chicago, Illinois Died December 15, 1966 (aged 65)
Burbank, California Occupation Film producer, Co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, formerly known as Walt Disney Productions Spouse(s)Lillian Bounds (1925-1966)
The statue “Partners” located on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida.