Walt Disney

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Walt Disney
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This article is about Walt Disney, the person. For the company he founded, see The Walt Disney Company. For other uses, see Walt Disney (disambiguation). Walt Disney|
Born| Walter Elias Disney
December 5, 1901(1901-12-05)[1]
Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
Died| December 15, 1966(1966-12-15) (aged 65)
Burbank, California, U.S.Interred: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California| Occupation| Film producer,
Co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, formerly known as Walt Disney Productions| Years active| 1920–1966|
Religion| Christian|
Spouse| Lillian Bounds (1925–1966)|
Children| Diane Marie Disney
Sharon Mae Disney|
Parents| Elias Disney
Flora Call Disney|
Relatives| Herbert Arthur Disney (brother)
Raymond Arnold Disney (brother)
Roy Oliver Disney (brother)
Ruth Flora Disney (sister)
Ronald William Miller (son-in-law)
Robert Borgfeldt Brown (son-in-law)
Roy Edward Disney (nephew)|
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon,[2] and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th 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 some of the world's most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, a character for which Disney himself was the original voice. He has been awarded four honorary Academy Awards and has won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards out of fifty-nine nominations, including a record four in one year,[3] giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland Hong Kong. Disney died of lung cancer in Burbank, California, on December 15, 1966. The following year, construction began on Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. His brother Roy Disney inaugurated the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Contents[hide] * 1 1901–1937: The beginnings * 1.1 Childhood * 1.2 Teenage years * 1.3 Laugh-O-Gram Studio * 1.4 Hollywood * 1.4.1 Alice Comedies * 1.4.2 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit * 1.4.3 Mickey Mouse * 1.4.4 Silly Symphonies * 1.5 First Academy Award * 1.6 Children * 2 1937–1941: The Golden Age of Animation * 2.1 "Disney's Folly": Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs * 2.2 The Golden Age of Animation * 3 1941–1945: During World War II * 4 1945–1955: Disney in the post-war period * 4.1 Testimony before Congress * 5 1955–1966: Theme parks and beyond * 5.1 Planning Disneyland * 5.2 Disneyland grand opening * 5.3 Carolwood Pacific Railroad * 5.4 Expanding into new areas * 5.5 Early 1960s successes * 5.6 Plans for Disney World and EPCOT * 5.7 Mineral King Ski Resort * 5.8 Death * 6 Legacy: 1967 to the present * 6.1 Continuing Disney Productions * 6.2 The Disney entertainment empire * 6.3 Disney Animation today * 6.4 CalArts * 6.5 The Walt Disney Family Museum * 6.6 Christian ethics questions raised * 6.7 Anti-Semitism accusations * 7 Academy Awards * 8 Other honors * 9 See also * 10 Notes * 11 References * 12 Further reading * 13 External links| 1901–1937: The...
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