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Roy Oliver Disney

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Death: December 20, 1971 (78)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Place of Burial: Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Elias Charles Disney and Flora Disney
Husband of Edna Disney (Francis)
Father of Roy Edward Disney
Brother of Herbert Arthur Disney; Raymond Disney; Walt Disney and Ruth Flora Beecher

Occupation: Film Producer/ CEO Walt Disney Studios
Managed by: Private User
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About Roy Oliver Disney

Roy Oliver Disney was, with his younger brother Walt Disney, the co-founder of what is now The Walt Disney Company. After Walt died, Roy became the chairman of the company. Roy served as the company's chief executive officer (CEO) (1929–1971) – though title name was not given until 1968 – president (1945–1971), and chairman (1966–1971).

Roy was born to Irish-Canadian Elias Disney and German-American Flora Call Disney in Chicago, Illinois. He was married to Edna Francis (1890–1984) from April 1925 until his death; their only child was Roy Edward Disney, who was born on January 10, 1930. Roy and his brother Walt ordered and built kit homes from Pacific Ready Cut Homes (a Los Angeles company) and in 1928, they built their homes side-by-side on Lyric Avenue. Their homes were slightly customized and enlarged, and do not exactly match the original homes featured in the Pacific Ready Cut Homes catalogs.

While Walt was the creative man, Roy was the one who made sure the company was financially stable; Roy and Walt both founded Disney Studios as brothers, but Walt would buy out most of Roy's share in 1929 and, unlike Max and Dave Fleischer of rival Fleischer Studios, was not a producer.

After Walter Disney's death in 1966, Roy postponed his retirement to oversee construction of what was then known as Disney World, and later renamed it Walt Disney World as a tribute to his brother.

After Walt Disney World opened in October 1971, Roy Disney finally retired. In early December of that year, he complained of a "spot" over one of his eyes and was scheduled to visit his optometrist for a new eyeglass prescription. He was discovered in a dazed condition, collapsed, next to his bed by family members; he had died from a stroke. He was supposed to visit Disneyland with his grandchildren that day. His interment was located in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

A statue of Roy O. Disney seated on a park bench beside Minnie Mouse is located in the Town Square section of Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida. A duplicate is located outside the Team Disney building at Disney's corporate headquarters in Burbank, California. There is a third statue at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Roy O. Disney was the father of Roy E. Disney, who died in December 16, 2009.

Roy O. Disney received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture industry.

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Roy Oliver Disney's Timeline

June 24, 1893
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Age 16
Marceline, Linn, Missouri
January 10, 1930
Age 36
Los Angeles, California, United States
December 20, 1971
Age 78
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, California, United States