Dis­ney’s right-hand man Martin Sk­lar, 83

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Martin A “Marty” Sk­lar, a right-hand man of Walt Dis­ney and a cen­tral fig­ure in the de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of his com­pany’s theme parks around the world, has died.

Dis­ney­land spokes­woman Suzi Brown con­firmed Mr Sk­lar’s death to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

A com­pany state­ment said he died at his Hol­ly­wood Hills home aged 83.

Mr Sk­lar had roles in the de­vel­op­ment of every Dis­ney park, from the orig­i­nal Dis­ney­land in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in 1955 to the Shanghai Dis­ney Re­sort last year, and was revered by em­ploy­ees as a liv­ing link to the founder.

“Ev­ery­thing about Marty was le­gendary – his achieve­ments, his spirit, his ca­reer,” Walt Dis­ney Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Iger said in a state­ment.

“He em­bod­ied the very best of Dis­ney, from his bold orig­i­nal­ity to his joy­ful op­ti­mism and re­lent­less drive for ex­cel­lence.”

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