He was born to Irish-Canadian father and German-American mother.
Walter Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Illinois, Chicago, United States, in the family of Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. His early childhood was passed on a farm near Marceline, Missouri, where his uncle Robert had just purchased land. In Marceline, Disney developed his interest in drawing when he was paid to draw the horse of a retired neighborhood doctor. He lived near the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line and became enamored with trains.