Walt Disney is possibly one of the most well-known figures in American film history. However, the vast majority of people do not know a great deal about him or his life. This animation master died from a tumour discovered while preparing for a medical treatment.
Disney’s Early Years
The birth date of Walt Disney is December 5, 1901. His parents were Elias and Flora Disney Call. His family moved to a tiny farm in Missouri when he was young. Here, Disney began to draw and established his affinity for the art form.
One of the Disney family’s neighbours paid for some of Walt’s drawings and commissioned him to depict his horse. The Disney family relocated to Kansas City in 1911. Walt attended Benton Elementary School.
He developed a significant relationship with Walter Pfeiffer. He was introduced to movie pictures and vaudeville by Walter. As a young child, he began taking classes at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Walt Disney’s Death
Walt was scheduled to undergo neck surgery in 1966. This neck operation would remedy an old polo injury he had sustained. During pre-surgery X-rays, it was determined that Walt Disney had a massive lung tumour. In November 1966, physicians diagnosed longtime smoker Disney with lung cancer. The following month, on December 15 at age 65, he passed away at a hospital in Burbank.
Then, Disney acquired an interest in animation, and he opted to pursue this instead of cartooning. He chose to start his own animation studio with Fred Harman, a former colleague from the advertising agency. They dubbed their animations “Laugh-O-Grams” and obtained a theatre with Frank Newman to screen their animations.