While in high school, Les Clark worked a summer job at a lunch counter near the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, where Walt and Roy Disney used to eat. One day, Les got up the courage to ask Walt for a job.
He recalled Walt’s reply, “Bring some of your drawings in and let’s see what they look like.” So I copied some cartoons and showed them to Walt. He said I had a good line and why don’t I come to work on Monday. I graduated [from high school] on a Thursday and went to work [the following] Monday."
Les, who was the first of Walt Disney’s legendary “Nine Old Men” (an affectionate term Franklin D. Roosevelt coined for his Supreme Court Justices, which Disney adopted when referring to his key animators), spent the next 48 years of his life animating and directing for Disney.
Born in Ogden, Utah, in 1907, Les attended elementary school in Twin Falls, Idaho, until his family moved to Los Angeles, where he graduated from Venice High School. In 1927, he joined… read more