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Walter Lantz

 (1899 - 1994)
Walter Lantz was active/lived in California.  Walter Lantz is known for Animation - Woody Woodpecker.

"Woody's Triple Self Portrait" Lithograph (1979).

Biography   Walter Lantz


Born in New Rochelle, NY on April 27, 1899. Lantz studied at the ASL of NYC. In 1927 he moved to Los Angeles and made animation history in 1930 by producing the first Technicolor cartoon: the five minute opening sequence of "The King of Jazz." In 1940 he created what was to become his most famous character, Woody Woodpecker. Lantz was honored with an Academy Award in 1978. He died in Los Angeles on March 22, 1994.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
WW in Los Angeles County, 1952; Death record; SF Chronicle, 3-23-1994 (obituary).

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Woody Woodpecker Presents the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross Art Exhibition, illustration, 1981
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