Herbert Ryman

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Herbert Dickens Ryman
Born (1910-06-28)June 28, 1910
Vernon, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died February 10, 1989(1989-02-10)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Occupation Artist

Herbert Dickens Ryman (June 28, 1910 – February 10, 1989) was an artist and Disney Imagineer who worked in watercolor, oils, and pen & ink sketches. He was a personal friend of Walt Disney and was called upon to help the Walt Disney Studios (Burbank) on many special projects over a five decade span. Ryman went to work for Disney in 1938 when such full-length animated films as Pinocchio (1940 film), Dumbo, Fantasia (1940 film) and others were in the planning stages. On September 23, 1953, upon the personal request of Walt Disney, Mr. Ryman completed several drawings which Roy O. Disney took to New York City to show the bankers in order to secure the loan for the original $17 million used to build Disneyland.[1] He was the chief designer of the Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort.[2] He also help design many major pictures for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and 20th Century Fox during Hollywood's "golden age." He was a major contributor to the screen styling of David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Anna Karenina and Mutiny on the Bounty. He graduated cum laude in 1932 from the Chicago Art Institute. In 1990, Herb Ryman was inducted [posthumously] into the Disney Legends program. [3] His sister, Lucille Carroll, [4] helped found the Ryman-Carroll Foundation.


  1. ^ "Animating the Disney Parks: Herb Ryman". 
  2. ^ http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/attractions/cinderella-castle/
  3. ^ "Disney Legends: Disney D23". 
  4. ^ "Lucille Ryman Carroll / Ryman Arts". Retrieved April 11, 2013. 

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