Marc Davis (animator)

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Marc Davis
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Born (1913-03-30)March 30, 1913
Died January 12, 2000(2000-01-12) (aged 86)
Nationality American
Alma mater Kansas City Art Institute
Occupation Animator, imagineer
Years active 1937–1978
Known for One of Disney's Nine Old Men
Alice Estes Davis
(m. 1956; died 2000)

Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913 – January 12, 2000) was a prominent American artist and animator for Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, the famed core animators of Disney animated films, and was revered for his knowledge and understanding of visual aesthetics. After his work on One Hundred and One Dalmatians he permanently retired from animation.[1]

Disney animator

Marc Davis was responsible for many Disney characters. The ones he mainly designed and animated are :

Walt Disney Imagineering

Davis, a brilliant draftsman, also designed the characters for many Disneyland rides and show animatronics:

After Disney

In 1989, he was named a Disney Legend.[2] He was also the recipient of the much-coveted Mousecar (the Disney equivalent of an Oscar).[3]

Davis died on January 12, 2000.[4] That same month, the Marc Fraser Davis Scholarship Fund formally was established at the California Institute of the Arts.


  1. ^ In His Own Words: Marc Davis
  2. ^ "Marc Davis". Disney Legends. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  3. ^ Willis, Christian (20 October 2001). "An Interview with Alice Davis". Song of the South.
  4. ^ Pace, Eric (16 January 2000). "Marc Davis, Master Animator For Walt Disney, Dies at 86". The New York Times.

External links

  • Marc Davis on IMDb
  • - Memories of Marc Davis
  • Disney Family Album video: Marc Davis on YouTube

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