In 1930, Roy Williams started his career at The Walt Disney Studios as an artist and later a storyman, until the advent of television. Then, one day, Walt Disney personally cast the “300 pounds of walking pixie” in a new role. As Roy later recalled, “Walt was in my office when suddenly, he looked up at me and said, ‘Say, you’re fat and funny looking. I’m going to put you on the Mickey Mouse Club and call you the Big Mooseketeer!” Roy, with his impish grin, became an instant favorite with children around the world.
Born in Colville, Washington, Roy grew up in Los Angeles. While attending Fremont High School, he developed a unique ability to make people laugh with the outrageous cartoons he sketched. After high school, he was offered a sports scholarship to the University of Southern California, but instead, applied for a job at the up-and-coming Walt Disney Studios, where he was personally hired by Walt.
During those early years, Roy worked on most all of the animated shorts… read more