Roy Williams

He was by some accounts a vulgar man. That was what Walt Disney himself thought. Jack Kinney called him a "big, fat, balding, hot-headed, unpredictable bastard." But he came to be an unexcelled gagman, and there was no bigger fan of Disney, and of Walt Disney himself, than Roy Williams.

Williams was born in 1907 in Colville, Washington. He was a football hero in high school, garnering the nickname "Moose Williams." After seeing the Silly Symphony "The Skeleton Dance" Roy took six drawings to the Disney studios to apply for a job. While waiting in the office to meet with Walt, Williams struck up a conversation with what he thought was an office boy who had come in. When the conversation was over, he discovered that the "office boy" was none other than Walt Disney himself. He was offered a job "the next time we get a desk in here" and began work at Disney as an animator later that year in 1930.

The talent that got Williams noticed was his ability to think up and draw gags at a lightning pace, each building on the previous one, one on top of another. Although officially employed in the story department, he was more adept at the quick gag. Some turned out to be quite risqué: he had a vulgar sense of humor and his vulgarity sometimes transferred over to his gags. But the sheer volume of his output gave the animators enough good ideas to play with while leaving out the more risqué stuff.

He was also known as an office joker. Him and Jack Kinney traded barbs almost continually, calling each other "Banana Nose" and "Fat Boy." But his boisterousness also belied a generous nature. He was beloved by virtually everyone at the studio, and took his talent for quick drawing gags as the "Big Moosketeer" on "The Mickey Mouse Club."

His whole life was Disney. He one said of Walt Disney that "after remembering Walt Disney, anyone I'll meet in my lifetime will be second. He was the greatest man that ever lived." When he was laid off in the late 40's, he went into a deep depression; some say he lost his sense of humor. But, happily, he was rehired to help with the publicity campaign for the re-release of "Snow White" in 1952. Eventually, he became a goodwill ambassador for the Disney studio, both on television, and in Disneyland. He died of a heart attack in 1976.

1932
The Klondike Kid
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
1933
Mickey's Mellerdrammer
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Father Noah's Ark
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
The Mail Pilot
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Mickey's Mechanical Man
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Old King Cole
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
Lullabye Land
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
The Night Before Christmas
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
1934
The China Shop
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
Shanghaied
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Hot Choc'lit Soldiers
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
Mickey Plays Papa
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Two-Gun Mickey
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
1935
The Band Concert
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )
Water Babies
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Animator )
Mickey's Fire Brigade
       (Disney - Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Animator )