Ub Iwerks

Special Effects Technician, Film director

1901 – 1971

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Who was Ub Iwerks?

Ub Iwerks, A.S.C. was a two-time Academy Award winning American animator, cartoonist, character designer, inventor, and special effects technician, who co-created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri. His father, Eert Ubbe Iwerks, emigrated to the U.S. in 1869 from the village of Uttum in East Frisia. Ub's birth name can be seen on early “Alice” shorts that he signed. Several years later he simplified his name to “Ub Iwerks”, sometimes written as "U. B. Iwerks".

He is the father of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and David L. Iwerks and grandfather to documentary film producer Leslie Iwerks, Chris, Larry, John, and Kathie Iwerks.

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Born
Mar 24, 1901
Kansas City
Also known as
  • Ubbe Ert Iwwerks
  • Ubbe Iwerks
  • U.B. Iwerks
  • 'Ub' Iwerks
  • Ub. Iwerks
  • Greatest animator in the world
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Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Employment
  • Simex-Iwerks
Died
Jul 7, 1971
Burbank

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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