Woolie reitherman
Wolfgang Reitherman
Background information
Born: June 26, 1909
Died: May 22, 1985
Nationality: American
Occupation(s): animator and director
Years active:
Spouse(s): Janie Marie McMillan Reitherman (1946-1985; his death)
Children: Bruce, Richard and Robert

Wolfgang or Woolie Reitherman was a famed Disney animator and director, and one of Disney's Nine Old Men.


He was born on June 26, 1909, in Munich, Germany. Reitherman's family moved to America when he was a child. After attending Pasadena Junior College and briefly working as a draftsman for Douglas Aircraft, Reitherman returned to school at the Chouinard Art Institute, graduating in 1933.

Reitherman began working for Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts. Then, Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937, until his retirement in 1981, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Fox and the Hound.

Reitherman was killed in a car accident near his home in Burbank in 1985, at the age of 75. In 1989, he was posthumously named a Disney Legend.

Mickey and Friends credits

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