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Overview (4)

Born in New Rochelle, New York, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameWalter Lanza
Nickname The Other Walt

Mini Bio (1)

As the head of his own animation studio, Lantz was responsible for the creation of the first Technicolor cartoon. He also introduced the cartoon characters Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, and Woody Woodpecker.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (2)

Grace Stafford (1940 - 17 March 1992) (her death)
Doris Hollister (? - 1940)

Trivia (9)

His house (located next to animator Joseph Barbera's) was burned to ashes in the 1960s by a huge brush fire. Surprisingly, his neighbor's house was not burned at all.
Since 1992, California Institute of the Arts Character Animation Program gives its highest rated student film the Walter Lantz Award; also nicknamed "The Woody".
Won a special Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1979. Via the use of combined live action and animation, the award was "presented" by Lantz's most famous creation, Woody Woodpecker.
Lantz's cartoon department was responsible for the bat-to-vampire transformation artwork in "Son of Dracula".
Created Woody from a pesky woodpecker that was on top of his home.
Loved Silver Lake in June Lake, California. Had a cabin there, family still owns. Married in Nevada, on his honeymoon with wife Gracie, he stopped by Silver Lake to show it to his new bride. She discovered fishing poles and a outboard motor in the trunk. June Lake's library was built by him, as was the baseball field in nearby Lee Vining.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Walter Lantz passed away on March 22, 1994, a month away from what would have been his 95th birthday on April 27.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 5, 1986.

Personal Quotes (2)

I never tried to make a cartoon for a certain age bracket. I just tried to make entertaining pictures. That's why they still play and why they play so well in foreign countries.
I'll bet you never realized that all animated cartoon characters have only three fingers and a thumb. Why? I don't know. But, it certainly doesn't bother Andy Panda.

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