Biography

Don was born on February 3, 1918 in Butte, Montana and moved with his mother and brother and sisters to Hollywood when he was a young boy after his father died. His mother ran a boarding house in Hollywood. When he was 19 he got a job at Disney Studios on Hyperion Street in Los Angeles as an inker. He worked his way up to layout, background and art director. When Disney Studios moved to its Burbank location Don met Katherine (Kay) Lane, a secretary at the studio, and they were married. Don worked at the studio for 52 years only taking a break to join the Merchant Marines when World War II broke out. He and the other Disney animators lived by the adage, "He who dies with the most toys wins!" Each animator's office was usually littered with multiple toys which were played with often during the day. When Walt Disney opened Cal Arts Don taught drawing classes there in the school's first few years. He retired from Disney Studio after 52 years and passed away only a few years after his retirement on February 9, 1987. He and Kay had one daughter, Dolores. Kay died on September 30, 2005. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Tammy Rogers

Don was born on February 3, 1918 in Butte, Montana and moved with his mother and brother and sisters to Hollywood when he was a young boy after his father died. His mother ran a boarding house in Hollywood. When he was 19 he got a job at Disney Studios on Hyperion Street in Los Angeles as an inker. He worked his way up to layout, background and art director. When Disney Studios moved to its Burbank location Don met Katherine (Kay) Lane, a secretary at the studio, and they were married. Don worked at the studio for 52 years only taking a break to join the Merchant Marines when World War II broke out. He and the other Disney animators lived by the adage, "He who dies with the most toys wins!" Each animator's office was usually littered with multiple toys which were played with often during the day. When Walt Disney opened Cal Arts Don taught drawing classes there in the school's first few years. He retired from Disney Studio after 52 years and passed away only a few years after his retirement on February 9, 1987. He and Kay had one daughter, Dolores. Kay died on September 30, 2005. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Tammy Rogers

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender -

Known Credits 12

Birthday 1918-02-03

Day of Death 2005-09-30

Place of Birth Butte - Montana - USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Layout
1967 The Jungle Book Layout
1961 Donald and the Wheel Layout
1950 Cinderella Layout
1948 The Trial of Donald Duck Layout
1948 Donald's Dream Voice Layout
1948 Drip Dippy Donald Layout
1947 Wide Open Spaces Layout
1947 Donald's Dilemma Layout

Writing

2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Adaptation
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Screenplay

Art

1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Art Direction
1981 The Fox and the Hound Art Direction

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