Iwerks, Ub

Iwerks, (Ubbe) Ub

(1901–71) animator; born in Kansas City, Mo. After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, he remained in Kansas City doing film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland (1923–26). He developed many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.