Walt Disney "If you can dream it, you can do it."

Walt Disney was an inspiring renaissance man that changed the world of entertainment and film to this day. His childhood lead him to be a successful producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, and a philanthropist. To begin, Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Illinois. Walt began his career by selling drawings to his neighbors and family friends at a young age. He also lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he was a cartoonist for his school newspaper. In his teenage years, 16 year old Walt Disney dropped out of high school to join the army in the time of World War I. At that time, he found out he was too young to join the army so he joined the Red Cross. The Red Cross gave him the experience of visiting Paris for a one year job driving an ambulance. To Conclude, Walt Disney’s early life lead him to be one of the most successful renaissance men in history.

This is a picture Walt as a young boy (left) and a picture of Walt as an adult. (right)

Walt Disney accomplished a lot more then an other Renaissance man his short life. Disney grew up to win 26 Academy Awards and be nominated 59 times for an Academy Award. He also holds the world record for the most Academy Awards won and nominated in history. His first big movie was Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which made him 8 million dollars at the time. That is equivalent to 134,033,100 dollars today. He is also considered to be one of the most successful film producers in history. His estimated net worth of 8 billion dollars can explain his extraordinary successful life. To conclude, Walt Disney was an extremely accomplished Renaissance man.

A graph comparing Walt Disney's awards to other famous award winners at the time.

You may recognize the name Walt Disney after his huge accomplishment of the “Disney Channel.” When you think of Disney, the first character that pops to your mind may be the one and only Mickey Mouse. In 1925, a man named Hugh Harman drew a sketch of multiple mice surrounding a picture of Walt Disney. The picture then inspired some of Walt Disney’s creators (UB IWerks) to create a new character for Walt’s company. Mickey Mouse was originally named Mortimer Mouse before Walt Disney’s wife convinced him to change it. Walt originally voiced the character until 1946, when Jimmy MacDonald took over the role. To conclude, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse is one of the most recognizable characters in history.

A photo of Walt Disney with stuffed animals of the original Mickey Mouse.
One of Hugh Harman's original Mickey Mouse drawings.

Tour of Walt Disney World

An amusement park inspired by Walt Disney, located in Orlando, Florida.

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