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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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Stephen Harper

22nd Prime Minister of Canada

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Call

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Christian Penn

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 6 times removed
via William Deane

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward Sprague

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Fox

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Charles M. Dale

66th Governor of New Hampshire

8th cousin
via Joseph Hills

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Ray Stanton Avery

Founder, Avery Dennison Corp.

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Francis Billington

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Nat Faxon

Actor, Comedian, Director and Screenwriter

8th cousin 3 times removed
via William Sabin

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George Herbert

8th Earl of Carnarvon
Owner, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey)

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas French

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George Herbert

8th Earl of Carnarvon
Owner, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey)

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

18th cousin 2 times removed
via William de Ros

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas French

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Beatrice de Beauchamp

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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Ali Wentworth

TV Actress and Comedienne

21st cousin
via Edward I, King of England

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Ali Wentworth

TV Actress and Comedienne

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Styles Bridges

63rd Governor of New Hampshire

9th cousin
via Edward Sprague

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Penn Jillette

Magician

21st cousin
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Penn Jillette

Magician

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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Tamera Mowry

TV Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Tia Mowry

TV Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via John Johnson

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Jackson Browne

Singer and Songwriter

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Chapin

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Warren Buffett

Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Samuel Prescott

Completed Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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