The Cartoonist Walt Disney

Walt Disney Quick Facts:

  • Born: Walter Elias Disney
  • Born on: December 5, 1901 (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.)
  • Died: December 15, 1966 (aged 65)
  • Cause of death: Lung cancer
  • Resting place: Glendale, California, U.S.
  • Residence: Burbank, California, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: McKinley High School, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts
  • Occupation: Co-founder of The Walt Disney Company
  • Years active: 1920–1966
  • Home town: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Spouse: Lillian Bounds (m. 1925–1966; his death)
  • Children:
    • Diane Marie Disney,
    • Sharon Mae Disney
  • Parent(s):
    • Elias Disney,
    • Flora Call Disney
  • Relatives:
    • Roy Oliver Disney (brother),
    • Roy Edward Disney (nephew)
  • Awards:
    • 7 Emmy Awards,
    • 22 Academy Awards
Walt Disney
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The Early Years

Walter dubbed “Walt’’ Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. The American animator, cartoonist, film producer, voice actor, and entrepreneur relocated with his parents to Kansas City at age 7 where he spent the majority of his childhood.

While he was 16, he faked his age to join the American Red Cross during the World War I. He soon returned home where he met fellow animator Ub Iwerks at the Kansas City Art Institute. The two soon established their own company.

They produced a chain of animated shorts for the Newman theater series named Newman’s Laugh-O-Grams. Unfortunately, their corporation went bankrupt.

Animation Industry

Walt Disney rose to be amongst the prominent figures within the American animation industry and around the globe. He greatly contributed and influenced the entertainment industry during the 20th century by being regarded as the cultural icon.

The Walt Disney Company

He co-founded the Walt Disney Company with his brother Roy O. Disney.

In 1923, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks went to Hollywood where they began work on a new series which resonated around a live-action little girl who made trips to a world of animated characters.

It was dubbed “Alice Comedies’’. His older brother Roy O. Disney and Winkler backed him financially as their work continued to be distributed by M.J. Winkler (Margaret).

His brother remained to be his business partner all his entire life.


Walt Disney was considered to be a popular showman and filmmaker, an entrepreneur and animator in addition to his innovation skills in animation and theme park design.

With the support of his staff, he created many well-thought-out fictional characters which include Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse. Walt himself was originally the voice for Mickey.


More than any other individual in history, Disney received many awards which included 22 academy awards from a total of 59 nominations, four honorary Academy Awards, and seven Emmy Awards.

Furthermore, he gave his name to the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland theme parks in the U.S including international resorts like Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disney Resort.

Walt Disney has impacted the present-day world by aiding the tourism business, inspiring children of all ages, as well as bringing advancements in technology to the film industry. He gave a hand to the tourism business by opening his theme parks.

Due to this, people from all round the globe go to view them hence boosting the hotel business. Disney made an advance in technology by producing the foremost color movie.

By his movies, he inspires siblings of all ages as his movies send vital messages which inspire them to follow their dreams without giving up.

Later Life

Lastly, on December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died in hospital from lung cancer which he developed due to his life-long chain smoking. From then forth, his legacy continues to be carried on by his elder brother Roy.

The Walt Disney World in Florida was built in 1971. Nonetheless, his corporation still continues to produce live-action and animated films.

The California Institute of the Arts, company, and animation studio still bear his name for remembrance of his vast legacy. He was a very inspiring man.


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