Hamilton Luske
Hamilton Somers Luske

(1903-10-16)October 16, 1903
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedFebruary 19, 1968(1968-02-19) (aged 64)
Bel Air, California, United States
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1931–1968)
ChildrenTommy Luske, Carol Luske, Peggy Luske, James Luske

Hamilton Somers Luske (October 16, 1903 – February 19, 1968) was an American animator and film director.


Luske joined the Walt Disney Productions animation studio in 1931 and he was soon trusted enough by Walt Disney to be made supervising animator of the first Disney Princess character, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

He was also an animator on the 1938 short film Ferdinand the Bull.[1]

He directed many Disney films and animated shorts from 1936 until his death in 1968. In 1965, he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for directing the animated sequence in the Julie Andrews musical, Mary Poppins (1964).[2]

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16, 1903, and died in Bel Air, California, on February 19, 1968, at age 64.

Luske was the father of director and actor Tommy Luske, who provided the voice of Michael Darling in Peter Pan.

Filmography as director

Periodical illustration


  1. ^ "Disney Legends - D23".
  2. ^ "Hamilton Luske". IMDb.