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Walt Disney is a famous American filmmaker and a businessman. He is known for making feature length animated cartoons.
Walt Disney was born on 15th December 1901 in Chicago. He was the 4th child of the five children born to his parents. His father worked as a building contractor and was strict in nature as he often abused his children physically.
During his childhood days, he used to sell candy and newspapers on the train that travelled between Kansas City and Chicago.
He dropped high school at the age of seventeen to serve in the World War I and then worked as an ambulance driver for a short span of time.
He started out as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18 and later moved to Hollywood to set up the Disney Brothers Studio, which was later named The Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney, along with Ub Iwerks developed the Mickey Mouse character and voiced the character. He introduced full colour three strips technicolour, feature-length cartoons and synchronised the sounds.
Walt Disney moved to Hollywood and started the amusement park industry in 1950’s and opened up Disneyland in 1957, which was the most successful amusement park with a footfall of 6.7 Million people by 1966.
He was involved in the planning of the 1959 Moscow Fair and the 1960 Winter Olympics.
In 1965, he started developing another theme park which is now titled as the Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney was a heavy smoker and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1966.
Walt Disney married Lillian Bounds and had a daughter Diane Disney who married Ronald William Miller.