On this day, December 5, 1901, American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.
Noted as a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design, Disney and his staff created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, for whom Walt himself provided the original voice.
During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history.
Walt Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the U.S., as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
The year after his December 15, 1966 death from lung cancer in Burbank, California, construction began on Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. His brother Roy Disney inaugurated the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.
1905 – Otto (Ludwig) Preminger (director: In Harm’s Way, Advise and Consent, Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, Saint Joan, Bonjour Tristesse, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Moon is Blue, Forever Amber, Laura; died Apr 23, 1986)
1916 – Margaret (Maggie) Hayes (Florette Ottenheimer) (actress: Omar Khayyam, Blackboard Jungle, Sullivan’s Travels, In Old Colorado, Robert Montgomery Presents; died Jan 26, 1977)
1930 – Larry Kert (actor, singer, dancer: West Side Story original cast ; died June 5, 1991)
1944 – Jeroen Krabbé (actor: Immortal Beloved, King of the Hill, The Fugitive, Stalin, Robin Hood, The Prince of Tides, Crossing Delancey, Dynasty)
1951 – Morgan Brittany (Suzanne Cupito) (actress: Dallas, Glitter, Moviola, Sundown, LBJ: The Early Years, The Prodigal, The Initiation of Sarah)
1963 – Carrie Hamilton (actress: Fame, Cool World, Shag: The Movie, Tokyo Pop, Hostage, daughter of comedienne, Carol Burnett; died Jan 20, 2002)
1968 – Margaret Cho (actress: All-American Girl, TV guest host: Girls’ Night Out)
1985 – Frankie Muniz (actor: Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip, The Andy Dick Show, Dr. Dolittle 2)