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Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (/ˈdɪzni/; December 5, 1901, Chicago, Illinois, USA – December 15, 1966, Burbank, California, USA) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He was a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, and is regarded as a cultural icon,known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company.

As an animator and entrepreneur, Disney was particularly noted as a filmmaker and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created numerous famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Disney himself was the original voice for Mickey. During his lifetime, he won 22 Academy Awards and received four honorary Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record of four in one year, giving him more Oscar awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the U.S., as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney Resort.

Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, in Burbank, California. He left behind a vast legacy, including numerous animated shorts and feature films produced during his lifetime; the company, parks, and animation studio that bear his name; and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Year Image Character  Title
2002 Mickey Mouse Lonesome Ghosts Mickey Mouse Mickey's House of Villains
1947 Mickey Mouse Fun and Fancy Free Mickey Mouse Fun and Fancy Free
1928-1947 Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse & Friends
1940 Mickey Mouse Fantasia Mickey Mouse Fantasia
1928 Minnie Mouse Minnie Mouse Mickey Mouse & Friends