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Born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, Walter Elias Disney grew to be an innovative figure in American media.  Better known as Walt Disney, he co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the most famous and influential production companies in the world.

Walt Disney grew up in Marceline, Missouri for most of his childhood and found in early interest in art, drawing, and designing. He attended Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design and also picked up an interest in acting and performing.  He pursued a career in commercial art and after working several jobs, moved to Hollywood to start his own business and from there began to introduce his amazing productions to the world, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Pluto.

He died on December 15, 1996 due to lung cancer, however the legacy he has left behind has completely transformed the entertainment industry.

http://www.biography.com/people/walt-disney-9275533

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