Walt Disney

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Walter Elias Disney
United States
Birth place
Chicago, IL

Professional life

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of animation and is credited with making some of the most iconic cartoons of all time. He founded the Walt Disney Company and is known for his countless contributions to the world of entertainment.

Disney was born in Chicago and moved with his family at a young age to Marceline, Missouri. He began drawing and showing an interest in animation from a young age, creating short animated films with his family's camera. After serving in the Red Cross Ambulance Corps during World War I, Disney moved to Hollywood and began his career as an animator working for the Kansas City Film Ad Company.

In 1923, Disney and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood. The studio began producing a series of short animated films, and in 1928, Disney released his first major success, the cartoon “Steamboat Willie” featuring the character Mickey Mouse. This was Disney’s first venture into the world of feature-length animation, and it was a huge success.

Disney went on to create many iconic animated films in the decades that followed, such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), “Fantasia” (1940), “Cinderella” (1950) and “Mary Poppins” (1964). He also created Disneyland, a theme park in Anaheim, California, in 1955, and Walt Disney World in Florida in 1971.

In addition to his animation and filmmaking career, Disney was also a successful businessman. He created the Walt Disney Company and took it public in 1940, and it is now one of the largest media conglomerates in the world. He was also a pioneering innovator in the field of theme parks, developing a number of amusement parks around the world, including Tokyo Disney Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort.

Disney was a passionate and creative individual who had a profound impact on the entertainment industry. His legacy continues to live on through his numerous films, theme parks, and other creations. He was awarded 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, more than any other individual. He was also the recipient of four honorary Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

Disney was a man of many talents, and his influence lives on. His animated films are still beloved by people of all ages, and his theme parks continue to draw millions of visitors each year. He was a pioneer in the world of animation and entertainment, and his work will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Birthday parties and gifts

Walt Disney was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for himself, often inviting notables from the entertainment industry. For his 50th birthday in 1951, Disney held a grandiose celebration which included a huge parade, special floats, and a show. He also invited guests for a private screening of his then-upcoming animated film, Alice in Wonderland.

One of Disney’s favorite birthday presents was a miniature model of the Disneyland theme park that was presented to him in 1955. The model was three feet by five feet and included all of the iconic landmarks of the park. He kept the model in his office, and it was displayed at Disneyland after his death.

Disney also had a tradition of giving himself “Lucky Coins” on his birthday. The coins were meant to bring him good luck, and he would carry them with him wherever he went. He gave the coins to his family and friends as gifts and even wrote about them in his book, “Walt Disney: An American Original.”

Interesting facts related to Walt Disney’s age

In 1923, when Walt and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, Walt was just 22 years old.

Five years after, in 1928, when they released their first major success, the cartoon “Steamboat Willie” featuring the character Mickey Mouse, he was 27.

Disney was only 65 years and 10 days old when he passed away in 1966. He achieved a great deal during his lifetime and is considered one of the most influential figures in animation history.


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Generation: The Greatest Generation (1901-1927), 1 year from The Lost Generation (1883-1900)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius ♐ (November 22 - December 21)
Chinese zodiac sign:
Nr. of Heartbeats: 5,160,038,400
Nr. of Breaths: 1,048,132,800
Nr. of blinks (with 8 hours of sleep every day): 725,630,400
Hair length (if it was never cut): 1,866 cm or 18.66 meters (61 feet 2.8 inches)
Nail length (if it was never cut): 5,226 mm or 5.23 meters (17 feet 1.7 inches)

Animal Age

How old Walt Disney would be if they were an animal.
20.73 years
25.91 years
305.73 years
46.64 years
34.55 years
82.91 years

Planet Age

How old Walt Disney would be if they were born on a different planet
509.18 years
199.34 years
65.2 years
10.33 years
4.16 years

What happened on Walt Disney birthday

Birthdays: Little Richard, Lauren London, Nivek Ogre, Jeroen Krabbe, Paula Patton
Deaths: Alexandre Dumas, Jack Rose, David K. E. Bruce, Otto Lambsdorff


What happened on Walt Disney day of death

Birthdays: Gustave Eiffel, Rodney Harrison, Adam Brody, Freeman Dyson, Henri Becquerel
Deaths: Bob Feller, Anatole Litvak


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