Lead­ing light at Dis­ney dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

MARTY SK­LAR, who played a lead­ing role in the de­vel­op­ment of the Walt Dis­ney com­pany, died last Thurs­day aged 83.

The Jewish ex­ec­u­tive worked for the com­pany for 53 years.

He be­came Walt Dis­ney’s right-hand man, work­ing closely with him un­til the com­pany’s founder died in 1966.

Mr Sk­lar be­came head of Dis­ney’s “Imag­i­neer” divi­sion, re­spon­si­ble for the de­sign and cre­ation of Dis­ney theme parks and rides.

Robert Iger, Walt Dis­ney Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Ev­ery­thing about Marty was leg­endary — his achieve­ments, his spirit, his ca­reer. He em­bod­ied the very best of Dis­ney.”

Mr Sk­lar called al­le­ga­tions that Dis­ney was an­ti­semitic “a bunch of bull”.

He is sur­vived by Leah, his wife of 60 years, his two chil­dren and four grand­chil­dren.

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