A cartoonist, entrepreneur and film producer from America Walt Disney or Walter Elias Disney is still a legend in the world of animation and entertainment. Over the years he won the maximum number of Academy awards and with that several other international recognition. Walt and his brother is also the founder of Walt Disney Motion pictures which is one of the largest production houses in the world.
Walt Disney was not only a creative artist but a pioneer who still rules the world of cartoon and animation with his unputdownable work. Now, let us go through the early and personal life, career, awards, achievements and the net worth of Walt Disney till the time he was alive (1966).
Early Life and Biography
The birth date of Walt Disney is 5th of December 1901 at Hermosa a neighbourhood of Chicago, Illinois. He was born to Elias Disney a businessman and Flora Call Disney. Walt had four siblings Roy, Raymond, Herbert, and Ruth Walt. In the beginning, he attended Benton Grammar School, and later McKinley High School. He also did courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts at night.
Walt Disney employed an ink artist for his business whose name was Lillian Disney (Bounds). They eventually got married in the year 1925. The couple had two daughters Sharon and Diane, and the Disney family kept them both behind the curtains from the limelight.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Walt Disney started a business with Fred Harman who was a co-worker at the Film Ad Company. The local Newman Theatre was their client who used to produce short cartoons named Newman’s Laugh-O-Grams. In the year 1921, Laugh-O-Grams was a great success which gave birth to the Laugh-O-Gram studio. After that, Walt initiated to produce Alice’s Wonderland which was a combination of animation with live action. Walt Shifted to Hollywood in 1923 after the bankruptcy of Laugh-O-Gram studio and there signed a contract with Margaret J. Winkler to make six Alice comedies. Walt in collaboration with his brother Roy developed the Disney Brother’s Studio, the name of which later became the Walt Disney Company. The company was made to produce successful motion pictures, and Walt convinced Davis and Iwerks to shift in Hollywood. In the year 1927, Walt and Iwerks developed a new character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. But unfortunately, due to some circumstances, it had to be replaced with Mickey Mouse. In 1934, Walt started the production of a cartoon named Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. After that, in the year 1950, Walt produced Cinderella which gained popularity amongst the theatre audiences.
Walt Disney had a record of winning 22 Academy Awards amongst 59 nominations. He was the recipient of two Special Achievement Awards for Bambi and The Living Desert in the years 1942 and 1953 respectively. Walt was nominated four times for the Emmy Awards amongst which he had won once.
Net Worth & Earnings
The estimated net worth of Walt Disney was $1 billion at the time of his death in 1966. During that time the valuation of his other assets was between $100 to 150 million. The Walt Disney production company which was formed by him and his brother now count revenue of $137 billion. After Disney’s death in the year 1966, 45% of his estate went to his wife and children, 10% to his other relatives and the rest to an art school.
Walt Disney is a stalwart in the field of animation and cartoon. Even though Walt left for a heavenly adobe long time back, yet his works are like a treasure to artists and even the viewers. Even today children talk about Mickey Mouse, Alice in Wonderland and some major work of this legendary persona. Walt will remain in our heart forever.