Knowledge Identifier: +Walt_Disney
American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1901.
Countries: United States (66%), United Kingdom (9%), (7%)
Linked to: The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Pixar, Chicago Art Institute
Lillie Hayward - She appeared in 106 films between 1911 and 1918 and wrote for over 70 films and TV shows including the Disney hit movie "The Shaggy Dog" and television series The Mickey Mouse Club and " Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"
Soon after joining he was sent to France for a year, where he drove an ambulance, but only after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918
Norman Tokar - "'Norman Tokar"' was a prolific director of serial television and feature films, who directed many of the early episodes of "Leave it to Beaver", and found his greatest success directing over a dozen films for Walt Disney Productions, spanning the 1950s to the 1970s
Gustaf Tenggren - From 1923 to 1939, Tenggren worked for the game company Milton Bradley; in 1936, he was hired by The Walt Disney Company, to work as a chief illustrator with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the popular feature-length movie originated in 1934 when Walt Disney decided to re-create the romantic fairy tale
Virginia Davis - Davis began working for Walt Disney's Kansas City company, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, in the summer of 1924
In 1925, Disney hired a young woman named Lillian Bounds to ink and paint celluloid
By 1927, Charles Mintz had married Margaret Winkler and assumed control of her business
The Walt Disney Family Museum acknowledges that Disney did have "difficult relationships" with some Jewish individuals, and that ethnic stereotypes common to films of the 1930s were included in some early cartoons, such as "Three Little Pigs" and "The Opry House"
Pat Powers (businessman) - After two years of successful "Mickey Mouse" and "Silly Symphonies" cartoons, Walt Disney confronted Powers in 1930 about money due to Disney from the distribution deal
Leigh Harline - He was hired by Walt Disney where he scored more than 50 tunes, including for the"Silly Symphonies" cartoon series in the 1930s
Evelyn Venable - In addition to starring in several films in the 1930s and 1940s, she is notable as the voice and model for the Blue Fairy in Walt Disney's "Pinocchio"
Gustaf Tenggren - Tenggren was a chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1930s, in what has been called the Golden Age of American animation, when animated feature films such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Fantasia", "Bambi" and "Pinocchio" were produced
In 1935, Walt received a special medal from the League of Nations for creation of Mickey Mouse, held to be Mickey Mouse award
Adriana Caselotti - In 1935 , Walt Disney hired Caselotti in 1936 as the voice of his heroine Snow White
Carl Barks - In November 1935, when he learned that Walt Disney was seeking more artists for his Studio, Barks decided to apply
Billy Gilbert - He used this bit so frequently that Walt Disney thought of him immediately when casting the voice of Sneezy in 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
George Baker (cartoonist) - Instead, he was hired by Walt Disney in 1937, and assisted in the production of the studio's full-length animated features, including "Pinocchio", "Fantasia", "Dumbo" and "Bambi"
Kay Nielsen - Nielsen worked for The Walt Disney Company for 4 years, from 1937 to 1941 before being let go
Dick Jones (actor) - In 1940, he had one of his most prominent roles, as the voice of Pinocchio in Walt Disney's animated film of the same name
Florencio Molina Campos - In the late 1940s until mid-1950s he was engaged as a creative artist consulting for the studio of his long-time friend Walt Disney
Disney accused the Screen Cartoonists Guild of being a Communist front, and charged that the 1941 strike was part of an organized Communist effort to gain influence in Hollywood
Will Wright (actor) - In 1942, he provided the voice of Friend Owl in Walt Disney's animated film "Bambi"
Mary Norton (author) - Her first book was "The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons" published in 1943, which, together with the sequel "Bonfires and Broomsticks", was re-issued as "Bed-Knob and Broomstick" illustrated by Erik Blegvad, in 1957, and later became the basis for the Disney film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
Spike Jones - The song was originally written for Walt Disney's 1943 Oscar-winning propaganda cartoon, first titled "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land" according to the Disney Archives
Bobby Driscoll - Driscoll was the first actor Walt Disney put under contract, to play the lead character in 1946's "Song of the South", which introduced live action into the producer's films, in addition to extensive animated footage
Nelson Eddy - It was his fascination with technology that inspired him to record three-part harmonies for his role as a multiple-voiced singing whale in the animated Walt Disney feature, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met", the concluding sequence in the 1946 feature film "Make Mine Music"
Jimmy MacDonald (sound effects artist) - By 1947, Walt Disney was getting too busy and too hoarse from smoking to continue voicing Mickey Mouse, so he was replaced by MacDonald, after the film "Fun and Fancy Free"
Disney had already formed his own music publishing division in 1949 and in 1956, partly inspired by the huge success of the television theme song The Ballad of Davy Crockett, he created a company-owned record production and distribution entity called Disneyland Records
Mike Douglas - In 1950, he provided the singing voice of Prince Charming in Walt Disney's "Cinderella"
Bobby Driscoll - In addition to his brief guest appearance in Walt Disney's first television Christmas show in 1950, "One Hour in Wonderland", Driscoll lent his voice to Goofy, Jr. in the Disney cartoon shorts, "Fathers are People" and "Father's Lion," which were released in 1951 and 1952, respectively
Heinz Haber - In the 1950s, Haber eventually became the chief scientific consultant to Walt Disney productions
Tom Tryon - Tryon's other television roles included that of "Texas John Slaughter", a part of ABC's " Walt Disney Presents" in the late 1950s
Dennis Day - Between 1952 and 1978, he made numerous TV appearances as a singer and actor and voice for animation, such as the Walt Disney feature "Johnny Appleseed", handling multiple characters
George Bruns - In 1953 he was hired by Walt Disney as an arranger, eventually becoming Disney's musical director, a position he held until his retirement in 1976
Harry Carey, Jr. - Between 1955 and 1957, Carey appeared as ranch counselor Bill Burnett in the serial "Spin and Marty", seen on Walt Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club"
Johnny Crawford - One of Walt Disney's original Mouseketeers in 1955, Crawford has acted on stage, in films, and on television
Goodwin Knight - Knight was present at the July 17, 1955, opening of Disneyland, and gave a speech following Walt Disney's famous dedication
James J. Andrews - Walt Disney made a movie of Andrews' exploits in 1956 called "The Great Locomotive Chase" starring Fess "Davy Crockett" Parker as Andrews
Sylvia Field - In 1958 she played Aunt Lila in the Walt Disney serial, "Annette", starring Annette Funicello
Johnston McCulley - The final Zorro story appeared in "Short Story Magazine" April 1959, after McCulley's death and after Walt Disney's Zorro television program starring Guy Williams had become nationally popular
During the early-to-mid 1960s, Walt Disney developed plans for a ski resort in Mineral King, a glacial valley in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range
Olin Sewall Pettingill Jr - Appointed a delegate to the 12th and 14th International Ornithological Congresses, Pettingill was appointed Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in 1960, a position he held until his retirement in 1973, and provided footage for four Walt Disney nature films, including the Academy Award-winning "The Vanishing Prairie", in addition to making several ornithological films of his own, including works on albatrosses, penguins, and the wildlife of island nations, which often aired as part of Audubon Screen Tours
Formed in 1961 through a merger of the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute, which had helped in the training of the animation staff during the 1930s, when Disney died, one-fourth of his estate went to CalArts, which helped in building its campus
Ray Bolger - He continued to star in several films, including Walt Disney's 1961 remake of "Babes in Toyland"
Betty Lou Gerson - Several years later she provided the voice of the villainous, selfish socialite Cruella De Vil in the 1961 Walt Disney animated feature "One Hundred and One Dalmatians"
Karlheinz Bohm - He played Jakob Grimm in the 1962 MGM-Cinerama spectacular "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" and Ludwig van Beethoven in the Walt Disney film "The Magnificent Rebel"
Royal Dano - Dano was the voice of Abraham Lincoln for Walt Disney's "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" program, first presented at the 1964 World's Fair
Morley Nelson - He worked on numerous films with Walt Disney, including "Ida, the Offbeat Eagle" in 1964
Jack Benny - In 1964, Walt Disney was a guest, primarily to promote his production of "Mary Poppins"
Warren Berlinger - In 1965, Berlinger was the star of "Kilroy", a segment of Walt Disney's "Wonderful World of Color"
Carl Barks - Carl Barks retired in 1966, ironically the same year Walt Disney died, but was persuaded by editor Chase Craig to script stories for Western
Roger Allers - However, in 1966, when he heard of Walt Disney's death, Allers, by a high school student, grew discouraged about attaining his dream
Michael Eisner - Since Walt Disney's death in 1966, The Walt Disney Company had narrowly survived takeover attempts by corporate raiders
Verna Felton - Felton died of a stroke on the evening of December 14, 1966, one day before Walt Disney himself, who died early the following morning
Louis Prima - In 1967 Prima's distinctive voice and jazzy delivery landed him a role in Walt Disney's animated feature The Jungle Book, as the raucous orangutan King Louie.
Anne Shelton (singer) - In 1967 she covered the song, "It Won't Be Long 'Til Christmas" which was originally to be featured in the Walt Disney feature motion picture musical, "The Happiest Millionaire" but was deleted from the final cut of the film
George Sanders - In 1967, Sanders voiced the malevolent Shere Khan in the Walt Disney production of "The Jungle Book"
CalArts moved onto the Valencia campus in 1972
Jerome Courtland - In 1975, he produced the Walt Disney film, "Ride a Wild Pony"
Lillian Disney - Walt Disney Imagineering created "The Empress Lilly", a paddle steamer replica, at Walt Disney World in Downtown Disney and Lillian christened it on May 1, 1977
Tim Burton - Burton is remaking his 1984 short film Frankenweenie as a feature length stop motion film, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
Michael Sundin - In 1984, he began rehearsing the character Tik-Tok for the Walt Disney film "Return to Oz", and this was covered by the long-running BBC children's magazine programme "Blue Peter"
In 1992, Walt Disney Imagineering took the step closer to Disney's original ideas and dedicated Celebration, Florida, a town built by the Walt Disney Company adjacent to Walt Disney World, that hearkens back to the spirit of EPCOT. EPCOT was originally intended to be devoid of Disney characters which initially limited the appeal of the park to young children
In 1993 at the age of 57, Sharon died from cancer at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California
Michael Bolton - Bolton's last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit "Go the Distance", which peaked at No. 1 on the US adult contemporary chart.
Sidney Poitier - From 1998 to 2003 he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
Hayley Mills - In recognition for her work with The Walt Disney Company, Mills was *awarded the prestigious Disney Legends *award in 1998
W. Daniel Hillis - Hillis left Disney in 2000, taking with him Bran Ferren, President of the Walt Disney Imagineering, R&D Creative Technologies division
Michael Eisner - His reasons for resigning were micromanagement flops with the ABC television network, timidity in the theme park business, the Walt Disney Company turning into a "rapacious, soul-less" company, refusal to establish a clear succession plan, as well as a string of box-office movie flops starting in the year 2000
Lillian Disney - After many delays, the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in 2003, six years after her death
Michael Eisner - In 2003, Roy E. Disney, the son of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney, resigned from his positions as Disney vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Features
Robert Zemeckis - In February 2007, Zemeckis and Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook announced plans for a new performance capture film company devoted to CG-created, 3-D movies.
Robin Williams - Robin Williams has recently made peace with the Walt Disney Company and in 2009 agreed to be inducted into the Disney Hall of Fame, designated as a Disney Legend.