Walt Disney, 1901-1966. An American animator and businessman.
Walt Disney was born in 1901 in Illinois, U.S. He is one of the co-founders of the Walt Disney Productions (the other being his brother, Roy).
Disney began to draw cartoons when he was still in school, completing some of his early work for the newspaper. When he was 16, he joined the Red Cross and drove ambulances in France during World War I. Upon his return, Disney worked for a newspaper as well as a film ad company. He also began to experiment with his camera, drawing various animations, and decided to start his won business.
The company was called Laugh-O-Grams, which produced very popular animations. However, by 1923, Disney was forced to declare bankruptcy and he moved to Hollywood with his brother and another cartoon artist Iwerks, where they started the Disney Brothers’ Studio.
In 1927, Disney found out that their distributor, Margaret Winkler stole all of their animations and ideas, and so he went on to create new characters, including that of Mickey Mouse. It became a great success. In 1937, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” – a first full-length animated film premiered, making over a million U.S. dollars, which was a huge sum at that time.
*The success was reinforced with other productions that followed, and in 1955 Disney opened the first $17 million Disneyland theme park. After his death, his brother would finish another Florida theme park.