Updated: Jul 24, 2020
What is the first visual that comes to your mind when you hear the name- Walt Disney? Mickey Mouse? Disneyland?
Well, Walt Disney's life has been nothing less than extra-ordinary!
The creative genius who laid the foundation of the animation industry was a super successful entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer.
Lets look at some key highlights of Walt's life in a 7 pointer approach. But before that, lets find a bit about Walt's beginnings.
Walt was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901 in a middle class family with Irish roots, His family’s original name was D’Isigny before being anglicized to Disney.
Walt dropped out of high school at 16 with the United States fighting World War I and joined the Red Cross Ambulance Corps. He spent his time driving Red Cross officials and doing other tasks before being discharged in 1919.
Following his Red Cross service, Disney moved to Kansas City, hoping to become a newspaper cartoonist. Instead, he found work creating advertisements for magazines and movie theaters, and that’s how he became interested in animation.