Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 1, 1907. After a brief career as a boxer, Waiss worked as an artist for the Rocky Mountain News
and Denver Post
until the 1930s. A self-taught artist, he then was an animator for Walter Lantz and later an animator on Walt Disney's 1940 classic, Fantasia
. He died in Thornton, CO on July 17, 1990.
The following correction was submitted in June of 2006 by Fred G. Waiss, Sr., son of the artist:
George, my father, was born in Chicago, Ill. His father, a medical
doctor, died of a burst appendix when George was age two. His mother later remarried
and moved to Colorado with George and his two older brothers. His mother (Nellie
Redfield Waiss) d
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