Walt Disney

Producer, Executive, Animation director
Having created some of the world's most popular and enduring cartoon characters, animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney was a self-made man who became the biggest, most influential figure in filmed entertainment during ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (98)

Monkeys Go Home! 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jungle Book 1967 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gnome-Mobile 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fighting Prince of Donegal 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ugly Dachsund 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Tiger Walks 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Emil and the Detectives 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Moon-Spinners 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Almost Angels 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Search of the Castaways 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Incredible Journey 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sword in the Stone 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Babes in Toyland 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daniel Boone 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Texas John Slaughter 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

101 Dalmatians 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Greyfriars Bobby 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ten Who Dared 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Swamp Fox 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Darby O'Gill and the Little People 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Noah's Ark 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mickey Mouse Club 1955 - 1959 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Toby Tyler 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zorro 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Producer

Sleeping Beauty 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Light in the Forest 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Saga of Andy Burnett 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tonka 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Tremain 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Perri 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

White Wilderness 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Littlest Outlaw 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Westward Ho the Wagons! 1956 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lady and the Tramp 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The African Lion 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Peter Pan 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Vanishing Prairie 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Susie the Little Blue Coupe 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Living Desert 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice in Wonderland 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cinderella 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Treasure Island 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Saludos 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fun and Fancy Free 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bambi 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Three Caballeros 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dumbo 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fantasia 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pinocchio 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ferdinand the Bull 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice on the Farm 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice's Balloon Race 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice's Orphan 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice Rattled by Rats 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice the Toreador 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice's Tin Pony 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Camping Out (Movie)

(Producer)

Make Mine Music (Movie)

(Producer)

Melody Time (Movie)

(Producer)

Noah's Ark (Movie)

(Producer)

So Dear to My Heart (Movie)

(Producer)

Song of the South (Movie)

(Producer)

Steamboat Willie (Movie)

(Producer)

The Country Cousin (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fire Fighters (Movie)

(Producer)

The Haunted House (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Pied Piper (Movie)

(Producer)

The Spider and the Fly (Movie)

(Producer)

Timber (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (20)

The Clock Cleaners 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Thru The Mirror 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Old Mill 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Saludos 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barn Dance 1928 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice the Whaler 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

Plane Crazy 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice on the Farm 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice's Balloon Race 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice's Orphan 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice Rattled by Rats 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice in the Jungle 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice the Toreador 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice's Egg Plant 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice's Tin Pony 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice Gets In Dutch 1924 (Movie)

(Director)

Bright Lights (Movie)

(Director)

Great Guns (Movie)

(Director)

Steamboat Willie (Movie)

(Director)

The Haunted House (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Walt Disney 1954 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

One Hour in Wonderland 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

Mickey Mouse (Voice)

Steamboat Willie (Movie)

Mickey Mouse (Voice)

The Reluctant Dragon (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (2)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

(Based on Walt Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean") (Source Material)

Make Mine Music (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Sabotage 1936 (Movie)

Cartoon Sequence Arranger (Animator)
Other (2)

The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures 1974 (Movie)

film extracts("Seal Island (1949) "Beaver Valley" (1950) "Nature's Half Acre" (1951) "The Olympic Elk" (1952) "Water Birds" (1952) "Bear Country" (1953) "Prowlers of the Everglades" (1953) "The Living Desert" (1953) "The Vanishing Prairie" (1954) "The Afr (Other)

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Biography

Having created some of the world's most popular and enduring cartoon characters, animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney was a self-made man who became the biggest, most influential figure in filmed entertainment during the 20th century and beyond. Starting with a little mouse named Mickey, Disney forged a giant multi-billion dollar empire that included numerous animated film classics, television shows and theme parks the world over. Starting with the animated short, "Steamboat Willie" (1928), which he created with the help of animator Ub Iwerks, Disney brought to life the world's most recognized and popular cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. After a series of successful shorts starring Mickey and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy, he boldly ventured into animated features with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), setting in motion a Golden Age in animation that included numerous classics like "Pinocchio" (1940), "Dumbo" (1941) and "Bambi" (1942). An innovator who eagerly pushed the boundaries of available technology, Disney was a true pioneer with hand-drawn animation and set the standard that all others followed for decades to come. Following World War II, which saw him contribute more to the war effort than his own ambitions, Disney branched out in numerous directions and cemented his rapidly expanding empire. He ventured into live-action movies with "Treasure Island" (1950), "Old Yeller" (1957), and "Mary Poppins" (1964), while taking strides on television with "Walt Disney Presents" (1954-2008) and "The Mickey Mouse Club" (ABC, 1955-59). But his greatest achievement was the Disneyland theme park, which opened in Anaheim, CA in 1955 and played host to countless millions looking to plunge themselves into childlike fantasy for the day. Though he never lived to see the expansion of his theme park dreams with Florida's Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center, Disney remained an iconic figure whose profound influence on American culture was permanently entrenched well into the 21st century.

Relationships

Diane Marie Disney Miller

Daughter
married to Ron Miller, former Disney chairman of the board

Lillian Bounds

Wife
married from July 13, 1925 until Disney's death married to John Truyens in 1969 until his death in 1981 died at age 98 on December 16, 1997 wisely suggested Walt change the name of his grinning rodent from Mortimer to Mickey

Elias Disney

Father
reportedly was an itinerant ne'er-do-well

Flora Disney

Mother

Sharon Disney

Daughter
adopted died of cancer in February 1993

Roy Disney

Brother
born on June 24, 1893 Walt Disney's long-standing business associate dedicated Walt Disney World in October 1971 and died two months later (December 20) at age 78 his son, Roy E Disney, as vice-chairman and head of animation has headed the studio (along with chairman of the board Michael Eisner) since 1984

Ruth Disney

Sister
born in 1903

Tim Disney

Grandson

EDUCATION

McKinely High School

Chicago , Illinois

Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City , Missouri 1918
took a class

Milestones

1970

Walt Disney World (Orlando. Florida) opened in October; it was the largest private building project in the world up to that time; Disney had initiated project, supervising every aspect in its development prior to his death; brother Roy took over, dedicati

1969

First feature-length animated film completed without Walt Disney, "The Aristocats"

1968

Last credit as producer, "Blackbeard's Ghost", directed by Stevenson

1967

"The Jungle Book", the last animated feature supervised by Disney, released

1964

Robert Stevenson's "Mary Poppins" offered a then state-of-the-art blending of live-action and animation on its way to 13 Academy Award nominations; film won five statues, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews, the first Disney player to win an Oscar

1963

Released animation epic, "The Sword and the Stone", based on T. H. White's version of the Arthurian legend

1961

Formed California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) through merger of Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Chouinard Art Institute

1961

First feature to solely use Xerox processs for transferring animator's drawings to cels, "One Hundred and One Dalmatians"

1959

Most lavish and expensive ($6 million) animated feature to that date, "Sleeping Beauty"; second and last feature in wide-screen format

1955

Phased out his short-subjects unit, laying off some employees and reassigning others to work on the "Disneyland" TV series; continued to produce extra-length shorts on an unpredictable schedule through the early 1960s

1955

Disneyland Amusement Park opened in Anaheim, California

1955

First animated feature filmed in Cinemascope, "Lady and the Tramp"

1955

"The Mickey Mouse Club" debuted on TV

1953

Roy O Disney formed Buena Vista Distribution Company

1952

Founded Walter Elias Disney (WED) Enterprises

1951

Established Disneyland, Inc., a company with the mandate to create a theme park in Southern California

1950

Ventured into TV with Christmas night variety special, "One Hour in Wonderland" (NBC), promoting Disney's animated feature "Alice in Wonderland"

1950

First live-action feature, "Treasure Island"

1950

First new feature cartoon in the "classic" tradition, "Cinderella"

1946

Iwerks' further developments in the marriage of live-action and animation for "Song of the South" would not be topped for nearly 20 years

1944

Produced "True Life Adventure" series, Disney's first live-action films

1944

"The Three Cabelleros", for the first time since the "Alice" series, extensively combined live-action and animation

1941

Made films for US Armed Forces

1941

Released "Bambi", pushing the envelope (for him) by killing off Bambi's mother; five years in development, it was last feature to emerge unscathed by the problems of the strike or the war

1940

Special treat of "Dumbo", the "Pink Elephants on Parade" surrealistic sequence, depicting Dumbo's psychedelic visions after swallowing a basinful of champagne

1940

On May 28, 1941, approximately 500 employees picketed the studio; the Disney strike seriously changed the atmosphere of the studio and affected the work produced there in years to come

1940

"Pinocchio" won two Oscars, one for score and one for song ("When You Wish Upon a Star")

1940

Ub Iwerks returned to Disney

1940

An outgrowth of the "Silly Symphony" series. the feature-length "Fantasia" combined classical melodies with top-of-the-line animation and received a special certificate at the 1941 Academy Awards for its revolutionary Fantasound (early stereo)

1940

Iwerks returns to work for Disney

1938

Walt Disney Prods. absorbed the three other Disney corporations created in 1929

1938

Purchased 51 acres of land for what eventually became Buena Vista Studios

1937

"The Old Mill" short introduced the use of Disney's $70,000 multiplane camera, facilitating panning shots, creating greater depth of image and enabling more elaborate effects to be incorporated

1937

Release of first US full-length animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; production costs exceeded $1.5 million

1934

Production begun on first full-length animated feature, "Snow White"

1934

Donald Duck made initial appearance in "The Wise Little Hen" (from "Silly Symphony" series)

1933

First globally successful story, "The Three Little Pigs" (from "Silly Symphony" series)

1933

First Mickey Mouse watch sold by Ingersoll

1932

Made first full-Technicolor film, "Flowers and Trees", from the "Silly Symphony" series; first cartoon to win an Oscar

1932

Goofy introduced in the cartoon short "Mickey's Revue"

1932

Hired Don Graham from Los Angeles' Chouinard Art School to conduct night classes for his animators; eventually hired him full-time

1932

Received honorary Oscar for the creation of Mickey Mouse

1930

Brother Roy signed first contract for licensing, granting the George Borgfeldt Company of New York the right to manufacture and sell "figures and toys of various materials, embodying design of comic mice known as Mickey and Minnie Mouse . . .; Disney rece

1930

Ub Iwerks suddenly departed the company

1930

Pluto made his cartoon debut in "The Chain Gang"

1929

The Disney Brothers partnership replaced by four companies: Walt Disney Prods. Ltd.; Walt Disney Enterprises; Liled Realty and Investment Company; and the Disney Film Recording Company

1928

Introduced animated mouse in short "Plane Crazy"

1928

Made first synchronized sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie"; introduced Minnie and Mickey Mouse; provided the voice for Mickey until his death

1927

Introduced a new series, "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit"; distributor Charles Mintz assume control of the character

1924

Invited Ub Iwerks to join him in California

1923

Moved to Hollywood; the Disney Brothers Studio founded when Walt contracted with M J Winkler to deliver a series of six shorts titled "The Alice Comedies", combining live-action with animation; had made first "Alice" short while still in Kansas City; cred

1922

Incorporated first studio, Laugh-O-Gram Films; subsequently went bankrupt

1920

Joined Kansas City Film Ad Company, making cartoon commericals for local businesses

1919

Hired as commercial artist in Kansas; met Ub Iwerks

1918

With Red Cross Ambulance Corps in France just after Armistice

Hosted the various incarnations of the TV series "Walt Disney" (e.g., "Disneyland", "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"), appearing first on ABC and moving to NBC in 1961; the (to date) longest-running primetime series would ultimately air under six

Bonus Trivia

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Disney was nominated for over 60 Academy Awards and picked up 23 statues. In 1953 alone, he swept the categories of Best Documentary (Short), Best Documentary (Feature), Best Short Subjects (Two-reel) and Best Short Subjects (Cartoons), to date, the only person to receive four statues in a single evening.

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Received the French Legion of Honor in 1936

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His honorary degrees included an MS from USC in 1938, an MA from Yale in 1938 and an MS from Harvard in 1939.

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Inducted into the Televsion Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1986

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"The span of twelve years between 'Steamboat Willie', the first Mickey with sound, and 'Fantasia' is the bridge between primitive and modern animated pictures. No genius built this bridge. It was built by hard work and enthusiasm, integrity of purpose, a devotion to our medium, confidence in its future, and, above all, by steady day-by-day growth in which we all simply studied our trade." --Walt Disney, quoted in "Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons" by Leonard Maltin (Plume: 1987; revised edition)

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When asked what he considered his most important accomplishment, Disney replied: "The whole damn thing. The fact that I was able to build an organization, and point it at certain goals and hold it together." --From June 26, 1998 Variety commemorating Disney's 75th anniversary

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"Every practising professional working in animation is deeply in the debt of the Disney Studio whether he knows it or not, or will admit it or not. Even those who rebel against the Disney style and content and approach owe Disney an enormous amount. While Walt Disney did not invent the medium he may as well have because from 1925 to 1940 his studio turned a crude bunch of squiggles without sound, of short length, into a highly sophisticated, illustrative, beautifully timed and developed, feature-length, highly successful and unique medium. This fifteen year period in which Disney added colour and sound, developed the feeling of weight and injected real personality into a flurry of drawings, was for all of us what is now known as 'The Golden Age of Animation'." --Richard Williams, quoted in Film Dope, Number 12

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