One of The Walt Disney Company’s most prolific and trusted film and television producers was Bill Anderson, who also dedicated 24-years of service to its board of directors from 1960 to 1984.
During his 44-year association with the Studio, Bill brought immense skill and personal philosophy to Disney family entertainment, once saying, “Tell a good story in a light-hearted manner. Family entertainment should be fun; life is melodramatic enough.”
A native of Smithfield, Utah, born October 12, 1911, Bill followed his boyhood dream to become an actor, arriving in Los Angeles in 1929. During the Depression, he obtained minor roles on local radio stations and went to work for an auto financing subsidiary of Ford, where he rose to regional sales manager.
Casting calls weren’t steady, though, so he landed a job at Firestone Rubber Company and used his small salary to enroll in pre-law, at Compton Junior College and later the University of Southern California.
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