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Walt Disney

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Disney in 1946

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

Relatives

See Disney family

Awards

  • 26 Academy Awards
  • 3 Golden Globe Awards
  • 1 Emmy Award

Signature

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Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, 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. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , Pinocchio, Fantasia , Dumbo , and Bambi , furthered the development of animated film. New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella and Mary Poppins , the latter of which received five Academy Awards.

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I never called my work an 'art'. It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment. - Walt Disney

I never called my work an 'art'. It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

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All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

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You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

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Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. - Walt Disney

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

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A man should never neglect his family for business. - Walt Disney

A man should never neglect his family for business.

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Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. - Walt Disney

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

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Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future. - Walt Disney

Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.

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Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. - Walt Disney

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.

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Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation. - Walt Disney

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

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You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. - Walt Disney

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.

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I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life... it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true. - Walt Disney

I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life... it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.

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I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. - Walt Disney

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

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We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together. - Walt Disney

We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.

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I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous. - Walt Disney

I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.

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I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known. - Walt Disney

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

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