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Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901–December 15, 1966) was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy Oliver. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design.

He and his staff created a number of the world's most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse. He won twenty-six Academy Awards, including a record four in one year, and received a further fifty-nine nominations, and holds the individual record for the most awards and the most nominations. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, Japan, France, and China.

Disney died of lung cancer on December 15, 1966, a few years prior to the opening of his Walt Disney World Resort dream project in Florida.

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