Walt Disney

By:Kristi Ulrich

Early Life

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois.Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he was into drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. Disney attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the army but was rejected for being underage

Education and work

When Disney was 16 he dropped out of school to join the army, but got kicked out because he was underage. After that he joined Red Cross and went to France for a year to drive an ambulance. In 1919 he moved back to Kansas City to be a newspaper artist. His brother Roy got him a job where he was a cartoon artist.
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Company History

Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company and then decided to open up his own animation business and recruited Fred Harman, his first employee. Disney and Harman talked to Kansas City theater to screen their cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. Disney later ended up opening up his own company called Laugh-O-Grams and hired Harmans brothers Hugh and Iwerks. In 1923 the studio had to declare bankruptcy.

Later Disney, Iwerks and his brother Roy got money together and moved to Hollywood open up Disney Brothers' Studio. Their first deal was with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons. They also invented a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and contracted the shorts at $1,500 each.

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Walt Disney and what He is best known for..

Disney is best known for his creation of Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies which include Mickey and his friends! Later Disney also created Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney finally ended up opening Disneyland that cost $17 million in 1955!

Some Other Important Information

Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Disney was cremated, and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California

Disney was also given an Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse in 1932.


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Walt Disney was a very successful man throughout his life. Not everyone that doesn't go to college has a bad life. I personally love Disney and I probably wouldn't have had a childhood if it wasn't for his creation. I grew up watching Disney channel and going to Disneyland. He made a big impact on my life and millions of people throughout the whole world. He worked hard to do what he loved and he made it happen and to this day Disney is still around and I hope it is until the end of my life.
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