) was an
, writer, and layout artist for many
animated shorts. Gracey created many of the special effects for
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Haunted Mansion
attractions. He retired on
Gracey was murdered while sleeping, on September 5, 1983, in
Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, California, by being shot to death by a transient. Gracey's wife, Beverly, was injured in the attack as well. 
Gracey was posthumously inducted as a
Disney Legend in 1999.
Master Gracey in the Haunted Mansion ride is based on him. Every morning, Cast Members place a red rose on Master Gracey's grave. This is believed to have started in the 1980s after Gracey's murder and is a tribute to the Imagineer.