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 Robert Samuel Disney, Sr

Robert Samuel Disney, Sr

Death 28 Jul 1953 (aged 91–92)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Vale of Memories Section Lot 55, Space 4
Memorial ID 64690398 · View Source
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ROBERT SAMUEL DISNEY, SR. was an uncle to Walter Elias Disney, Roy Oliver Disney, Herbert Arthur Disney, Raymond Arnold Disney and Ruth Flora Disney. Robert was in the real estate business and he helped Walt and his brother Roy finance their original legal partnership to make animated movies.

Robert rented a small garage to Walt and Roy when they began to operate in California, and provided some much needed cash to help them pursue their dream of making cartoons!

Walt had invited Virginia Davis, an American child actor, who was already a live-action star of Alice’s Wonderland and Alice and her parents moved from Kansas City to continue to work for Walt Disney. Walt and Roy also hired two new employees who ink and painted the celluloid. Walt rented a shabby shooting camera and installed it in the garage. Roy operated the camera, and Walt was responsible for animation. On October 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his older brother Roy O. Disney founded “Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.”

Walt and Roy always said: "If Uncle Robert had not rented us his garage and loaned us some cash, it is likely our dream of making cartoons would have been far more difficult!"

(Bio by Charles Elias Disney & Daniel Harwood Disney. Additional information is forthcoming.)


In Loving Memory

  • Maintained by: Charles Elias Disney
  • Originally Created by: Carol
  • Added: 25 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64690398
  • Daniel H. Disney
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Samuel Disney, Sr (1861–28 Jul 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64690398, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Charles Elias Disney (contributor 48074688) .