Famous animator and cartoonist,who is recognized for being one of Disney's Nine Old Men. In 1960, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for It's Tough to be a Bird.
Prior to working in animation, he played in the seven-piece Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two.
For his work on the short film It's Tough to be a Bird, he won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
He was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He worked as a writer on the Disney film Babes in Toyland, which starred actor Ray Bolger.