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American pioneer in motion picture animation and last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. was born in 1912 in Palo Alto, California and attended grammar school on the campus of Stanford University where his father was a professor of romance languages. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and entered Stanford University as an art student. While at Stanford he drew monthly caricatures for Chaparral, the campus humor magazine, and sketched pictures of his favorite athletes which were printed in the San Francisco Chronicle. Johnston spent his last year of study at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles studying with famed illustrator Pruett Carter before joining The Walt Disney Studios as an apprentice animator in January, 1935. He went on to a 43-year career as an animator and directing animator on more than 24 feature films including almost all of the Disney classics. Johnston retired in 1978 and began writing books with Frank Thomas, a friend since his Stanford days and a fellow Disney Nine Old Man, about animation and the pictures they had created. Their first book, Disney Animation; the Illusion of Life, was published in 1981 followed by Too Funny for Words: Disney's Greatest Sight Gags (1990), Walt Disney's Bambi, The Story and The Film (1990), and The Disney Villain (1993). With co-author Philip Longfellow Anderson, they also wrote The Gospel According to Disney: Christian Values in the Early Animated Classics in 1999. Frank Thomas' son, Theodore Thomas, created a documentary film, Frank and Ollie, about their partnership released in 1995. Johnston's work was recognized with the National Medal of Arts in 2005.

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