Walt Disney

Producer + Director and Animator
Born Dec 5, 1901

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an 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. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.… Read More

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1901 Birth Disney was born on December 5, 1901, at 2156 North Tripp Avenue in Chicago's Hermosa community area, to Elias Charles Disney, who was Irish-Canadian, and Flora Call Disney, who was of German and English descent. … Read More
1906 5 Years Old In 1906, when Walt was four, Elias and his family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where his elder brother Roy had recently purchased farmland. … Read More
1910 9 Years Old The Disneys remained in Marceline for four years, until having to sell their farm on November 28, 1910. … Read More
1911 10 Years Old Afterwards the family moved to Kansas City in 1911, where Walt and Ruth attended the Benton Grammar School at 3004 Benton Boulevard, close to his new home. … Read More


1917 16 Years Old In 1917 Elias acquired shares in the O-Zell jelly factory in Chicago and moved his family back to the city. … Read More
1918 17 Years Old He was soon sent to France for a year, where he drove an ambulance, but only after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.
1919 18 Years Old Hoping to find work outside the Chicago O-Zell factory, Walt moved back to Kansas City in 1919 to begin his artistic career. … Read More
1920 19 Years Old In January 1920, Disney and Iwerks formed a short-lived company called "Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists". … Read More


1923 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Two months after their arrival in October 1923, Disney and his brother Roy pooled their money and set up a cartoon studio in Hollywood. … Read More
1925 24 Years Old After a brief courtship, the pair married that same year, on July 25, 1925.
1928 27 Years Old In February 1928 Disney went to New York to negotiate a higher fee for producing the Oswald series. … Read More
1930 29 Years Old …  In 1930 Disney signed a new distribution deal with Columbia Pictures. … Read More


1931 30 Years Old Meanwhile, on April 13, 1931, Columbia Pictures dropped the distribution of Disney cartoons to be replaced by United Artists. … Read More
1932 31 Years Old On November 18, 1932, Disney received a special Academy Award for the creation of "Mickey Mouse". … Read More
1933 32 Years Old The Disneys' first attempt at pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Lillian became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter, Diane Marie Disney, on December 18, 1933. … Read More
1934 33 Years Old Following the creation of two cartoon series, in 1934 Disney began planning a full-length feature. … Read More
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Sharon Mae Disney was born December 31, 1936, in Los Angeles, California and was later adopted by the Disneys due to Lillian's several birth complications. Sharon married Robert Brown on May 10, 1959, with whom she had one child. … Read More
1938 37 Years Old …  Accusations of antisemitism dated principally from 1938, when he welcomed German filmmaker and Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl to Hollywood to promote her film Olympia. … Read More
1939 38 Years Old Following the success of Snow White, for which Disney received one full-size and seven miniature Oscar statuettes, he was able to build a new campus for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, which opened for business on December 24, 1939. … Read More


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Disney successfully re-issued Snow White in 1944, establishing a seven-year re-release tradition for his features. … Read More
1947 46 Years Old Disney was a founding member of the anti-communist group Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. In 1947, during the Second Red Scare, Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), where he branded Herbert Sorrell, David Hilberman and William Pomerance, former animators and labor union organizers as Communist agitators. All three men denied the allegations. (Sorrell also testified before the HUAC in 1946, when insufficient evidence was found to link him to the Communist Party.) Disney also 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. … Read More
1949 48 Years Old During 1949, Disney and his family moved to a new home on a large piece of land in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles, California. … Read More


1951 50 Years Old It also said that Disney may have been inspired to create Disneyland in the park Republic of the Children located in Manuel B. Gonnet, La Plata, Argentina, and opened in 1951. … Read More
On Sunday, July 17, 1955, Disneyland hosted a live TV preview, among the thousands of people in attendance were Ronald Reagan, Bob Cummings and Art Linkletter, who shared cohosting duties, as well as the mayor of Anaheim. … Read More
1960 59 Years Old …  Walt Disney was the Head of Pageantry for the 1960 Winter Olympics. … Read More


Mary Poppins, released in 1964, was the most successful Disney film of the 1960s and featured a song score written by Disney favorites, the Sherman Brothers.
1965 64 Years Old In late 1965, Disney announced plans to develop another theme park to be called Disney World a few miles southwest of Orlando. … Read More
Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, in Burbank, California. … Read More
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