Ted Osborne

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Osborne at Disney Studio, c. 1930s.

Ted Osborne (February 6, 1900[1] or 1901[2] – March 12, 1968) was an American writer of comics, radio shows and animated films, remembered for his contributions to the creation and refinement, during the 1930s, of Walt Disney cartoon characters.


Osborne was born in Oklahoma. He spent a decade (1931–40) at the Walt Disney Studio as a story writer and, between 1932 and 1937, wrote the Mickey Mouse newspaper dailies and Silly Symphonies Sunday comics. These were illustrated by Floyd Gottfredson and Al Taliaferro respectively. With Taliaferro, Osborne has been credited as the co-creator of Huey, Dewey and Louie. Osborne wrote many of the celebrated Mickey Mouse daily strip adventures which were later adapted into the popular Big Little Books of the '30s and '40s ("Pirate Submarine", "The Seven Ghosts", "Oscar the Ostrich", "Race For Riches", "Mickey Mouse Runs His Own Newspaper", and several others). He was succeeded by Merrill de Maris and Bill Wright.

He died in San Mateo County, California.


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JBQS-CJ8 – accessed 19 Mar 2013), Ted Osborne, March 1968.
  2. ^ California Death Index for Theodore H. Osborne.

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