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William Crozier "Bill" Walsh was a comic author, film producer, and screenwriter, who primarily worked on live-action films for Walt Disney Productions, most notably Mary Poppins, The Love Bug, The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Blackbeard's Ghost, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Walsh began his work at Disney as a press agent while writing comic strips for characters, like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and gag-of-the-day strips before moving to television operations which led to successes like The Mickey Mouse Club and Davy Crockett. His greater success came when he moved to live-action feature films.

He co-wrote with Don DaGradi and produced an adaptation of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins books which achieved commercial and critical acclaim as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. He and DaGradi would become a frequent collaborators in later productions.

After Walt Disney's death in 1966, Walsh was part of the seven man committee who ran the company. In 1970, an article in Variety magazine listed him as the second most successful film producer of all time in terms of money-earning movies even though he was "a guy no one's ever heard of."

Walsh died of a heart attack in 1975 and became a Disney Legend in 1991.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
Fun and Fancy Free 1947 songwriter: "My, What a Happy Day"
"My Favorite Dream"
One Hour in Wonderland 1950 writer, producer
The Walt Disney Christmas Show 1951 producer
The Disneyland Story 1954 writer, producer
The Magical World of Disney 1954-1957 writer, producer
Davy Crockett 1954–55 producer
The Littlest Outlaw 1955 writer
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 producer
The Mickey Mouse Club 1955–56 producer
Corky and White Shadow 1956 producer
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure 1956 producer
Adventure in Dairyland 1956 producer
Further Adventures of Spin and Marty 1956 producer
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1956 producer
Westward Ho, the Wagons! 1956 associate producer
The Fourth Anniversary Show 1957 producer
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Ghost Farm 1957 producer
The Adventures of Clint and Mac 1957 producer
Walt Disney Presents: Annette 1958 producer, composer: additional music
Disneyland '59 1959 producer
The Shaggy Dog 1959 writer, associate producer
Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus 1960 writer, producer
The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 writer, associate producer
Bon Voyage! 1962 writer, associate producer
Son of Flubber 1963 writer, co producer
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1964 story
Mary Poppins 1964 writer, co-producer
That Darn Cat! 1965 writer, co-producer
Lt. Robin Crusoe USN 1966 writer, co-producer
Blackbeard's Ghost 1968 writer, co producer
The Love Bug 1969 writer, producer
Scandalous John 1971 writer, producer
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 writer, producer
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World 1971 writer, executive producer
The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 producer
Herbie Rides Again 1974 writer, producer
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing 1975 writer, producer