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Walt Disney

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Walt Disney

Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company


Who was Walt Disney?

Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, to Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. Less than a decade earlier Walt's father Elias Disney had come to Chicago and found work on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It has been suggested that the exposition was a source of inspiration for Walt Disney's amusement park that would become Disneyland.

Walt, along with his brother Roy Disney, founded on Octover 16, 1923, the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio which would eventually become The Walt Disney Company. It was from these studios that the immortal characters of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and countless others originated.

It is through his mother Flora (Call) Disney that Walt Disney is related to so many famous kin. One of the closest relationships is to Samuel Morse, the co-inventor of Morse Code, who is a 3rd cousin 3 times removed.

In addition he is related to a number of Presidents, the closest of which are Franklin Pierce, James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge, not to mention former Vice-President Dick Cheney.

More distantly, Presidents George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, both George Bushs and Barack Obama are all cousins.

As a decendant of Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, Walt Disney also boasts a Royal kinship to both Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton.

There are many more family relationships for Walt Disney that are too numerous to mention here. A small sampling includes Robert E. Lee, Helen Keller, Meriwether Lewis, and the Roosevelts (Eleanor, Franklin, and Theodore).


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Walt Disney

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Kevin Spacey

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Joseph Chaffe

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Philip le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

15th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Roger Wentworth

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Michael de la Pole

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eudo la Zouche

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Princess Diana

Princess of Wales

8th cousin 2 times removed
via William Caulfield

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Prince William

Duke of Cambridge

8th cousin 3 times removed
via William Caulfield

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Prince Harry

Duke of Sussex

8th cousin 3 times removed
via William Caulfield

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Sir Winston Churchill

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

8th cousin
via William Caulfield

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Sarah Ferguson

Duchess of York

8th cousin 2 times removed
via William Caulfield

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Sprague

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

8th cousin 13 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

8th cousin 12 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Sprague

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin
via Sir John Howard

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

12th cousin 9 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

12th cousin 8 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

14th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Roger Wentworth

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