Les Clark

American animator

Leslie James Clark (November 17, 1907 - September 12, 1979) is an American animator and the first Disney's Nine Old Men. He was born in Ogden, Utah to James Clark and Lute Wadsworth.[1][2]

Les Clark
Leslie James Clark

(1907-11-17)November 17, 1907
DiedSeptember 12, 1979(1979-09-12) (aged 71)
Known forOne of Disney's Nine Old Men
Spouse(s)Miriam Lauritzen (m. ?; div. 1952)
Georgia Vester (m. 1967)

Clark started work at the studio first as a camera operator and doing ink and paint on the animations. Clark was known for his skill in timing his animation to musical scores, as well as his ability to convey emotion in his work.[3]

Clark died of cancer in Santa Barbara, California on September 12, 1979.


  1. 1910 United States Federal Census
  2. Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1911
  3. "Les Clark | the Walt Disney Family Museum". Archived from the original on 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-04-08.

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