Don DaGradi

Screenwriter, Film story contributor

1911 – 1991


Who was Don DaGradi?

Don DaGradi was a Disney writer who started out as a layout artist on 1940s cartoons including "Der Fuehrer's Face" in 1943. He eventually moved into animated features with the film Lady and the Tramp in 1955. He also worked as a color and styling or sequence consultant on many other motion pictures for Disney. His greatest achievement was for his visual screenplay for Mary Poppins in 1964 for which he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with Bill Walsh. Don DaGradi died August 4, 1991, in Friday Harbor, Washington. He was named a Disney Legend posthumously, only months after his death.

In the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, DaGradi is portrayed by actor Bradley Whitford.


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New York City
Also known as
  • Don Da Gradi
  • Donald Da Gradi
  • United States of America
Aug 4, 1991
Friday Harbor

on July 23, 2013