William L. Snyder
|William L. Snyder|
|Born||William Lawrence Snyder
February 14, 1918
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||June 3, 1998
Livingston, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Alzheimer's disease|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Giniger Snyder|
William Lawrence Snyder (February 14, 1918 – June 3, 1998) was an American film producer. He won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1960 for the animation Munro. William Snyder created the company Rembrandt Films, where animator Gene Deitch directed both his own films and cartoons outsourced from American studios such as MGM (Tom and Jerry), Columbia Pictures (UPA), 20th Century Fox (Terrytoons), and Paramount/King Features (Popeye).
Four of Rembrandt's short cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film between 1960 and 1964. One short, a short entitled Munro, told the story of a four-year-old boy drafted into the army, and won the 1960 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. He produced the 1966 feature film Alice of Wonderland in Paris.
Snyder died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 80 in 1998.
Rembrandt Films is run today by his son, Adam Snyder, and his wife, Patricia Giniger Snyder, and is an umbrella company for Rembrandt Communications, Rembrandt Animation and Rembrandt Video Productions.