Walter Peregoy was born in Los Angeles in 1925. At age nine Peregoy began his formal art training at the California College of Arts and Crafts; at age 12 he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in Chouinard Art Institute; at 17 he dropped out of high school and went to work for Disney Studios as an in-betweener. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, he further studied in Mexico at University de Belles Artes and in Paris with Fernand Leger. In 1951 he returned to the U.S. and continued working for Disney.
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