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Walter Elias Disney (1901 - 1966)

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Walter Elias (Walt) Disney
Born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Nez Perce, Idaho, USAmap
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Died in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jan 2009
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Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois in Cook County to Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. Elias was Irish-Canadian and Flora was of German and English descent. Walt's great-grandfather, Arundel Elias Disney, emigrated from Ireland where he was born in 1801. Arundel was a descendant of Robert d'Isigny, a Frenchman who had traveled to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The family changed the d'Isigny name to "Disney" and settled in the English village now known as Norton Disney, south of the city of Lincoln, in the county of Lincolnshire.

Walt Disney is a cultural icon. He was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer and known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. In 1923 he and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company.

Walt and his staff created numerous famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. He 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.

Walt died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California, leaving behind a vast legacy.


  • US Federal Census; Year: 1910; Census Place: Marceline, Linn, Missouri; Roll: T624_795; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0084; FHL microfilm: 1374808 (Ancestry.com link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1920; Census Place: Kansas City Ward 10, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: T625_926; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 166; Image: 1146 (Ancestry.com link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 132; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0004; Image: 172.0; FHL microfilm: 2339867 (Ancestry.com link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_393; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 60-78A (Ancestry.com link)
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Roll #: 628; Volume #: Roll 0628 - Certificates: 45250-45499, 14 Nov 1918-15 Nov 1918
  • State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics. (Ancestry.com link)

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On 2 Mar 2018 at 21:42 GMT Amber (Pike) Boicourt wrote:

My 17th cousin 3x removed, thanks for your work!

On 24 Jan 2015 at 19:47 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Could you add a picture and marriage info please, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney. Perhaps a very short biography with genealogically important information. Thanks so much, Bob Fields, GFT Notables project leader. And add template {{Notables}

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