Sammy McKim was a Canadian film actor and inspirational sketch artist. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and died in Burbank, California from heart failure. He became an inspirational sketch artist for Disney and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996. He leaves behind a legacy of artistic contributions that influenced the design of Disneyland. After a lay-off at Fox, in 1954, Sam joined Disney creating inspirational sketches for Walt's new theme park - "Disneyland". Among his first sketches were Slue-Foot Sue's Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. He later contributed to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Carousel of Progress, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion. Eventually, every land at the Park benefited from Sam's magic touch. He also contributed to Florida theme park, such attractions as The Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom and Universe of Energy in EPCOT. In addition, he developed inspirational sketches for the Disney-MGM Studios. From time to time, Walt asked Sam to storyboard Disney films, as well. Among them are Nikki, Wild Dog of the North, Big Red, Bon Voyage!, and The Gnome-Mobile. He even developed storyboards for episodes of Disney's television series, Zorro.
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