Sammy McKim
Sammy McKim - Laddie (1940).jpg
McKim in Laddie (1940)
Born(1924-12-20)December 20, 1924
DiedJuly 9, 2004(2004-07-09) (aged 79)
EducationLos Angeles Art Center, Pasadena
  • Actor
  • Artist
Years active1935–1987
EmployerWED Enterprises (Walt Disney Imagineering)
ChildrenMatt McKim, Brian McKim
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross medal, Disney Legend, 1996

Sammy McKim (December 20, 1924 – July 9, 2004) was a Canadian film actor and artist. He graduated from Los Angeles Art Center with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He died in Burbank, California from heart failure in 2004. McKim Served in the U.S. Army in 1943 with his brother David McKim where he fought in the Korean War. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross medal for being shot down in combat during the Korean War. After the war McKim stopped acting and became an artist, starting his career at the art department of Fox Studios before moving to the Walt Disney Company where he'd stay for the next 32 years until his retirement in 1987, 12 of which he would work closely with Walt Disney.[1]

WED Enterprises/Walt Disney Imagineering career

McKim began his career at WED Enterprises in 1954 as an illustrator six months prior to the opening of Disneyland. One of his earliest illustrations being of The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland as well as storyboards for various films and television shows such as, Nikki, Wild Dog of the North, Big Red, and Zorro. Later on he would contribute some illustrations for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. He was also responsible for the concept art of all four Disney attractions seen at the New York World's Fair 1964–1965.

By 1958 McKim became known as "master map maker" for creating the Disneyland Park souvenir maps that were sold at the park from 1958 to 1964. After retiring from Walt Disney Imagineering in 1987, McKim was brought back in 1992 to help his son Matt McKim on the Disneyland Paris project (also known as Euro Disneyland) to help create the map for the park. During the process of making the map for Euro Disneyland McKim suffered a heart attack which led him to asking Tony Baxter for a replacement on the map project which was refused by Baxter because he would have rather waited until McKim was done with the map. McKim would eventually go on to finishing the map for the park three weeks after the opening of Euro Disneyland.[2]

Awards and honors

In 1996, McKim was inducted as a Disney Legend. Two years after his death, in 2006, McKim received the honor of having his name appear on Main Street, U.S.A. windows at Disneyland. The window, which can be found above the Main Street Photo Supply Co. reads: Cartography Masterworks – Sam McKim – Map Maker of the Kingdom – There's Magic in the Details.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1935 Annie Oakley Boy at Shooting Gallery Uncredited
1936 San Francisco Choirboy Uncredited
1937 Hit the Saddle Tim Miller (Sheriff's Son)
Gunsmoke Ranch Jimmy Warren
The Painted Stallion Christopher Kit Carson Serial
Heart of the Rockies Davey Dawson
It Happened in Hollywood Boy Uncredited
The Trigger Trio Mickey Evans
1938 The Lone Ranger Sammy Serial
Call the Mesquiteers Timothy Irving
The Crowd Roars One Punch O'Malley Uncredited
Sons of the Legion Spec
Red River Range Tommy Jones
1939 Western Caravans Matt Winters
The Night Riders Tim Randall
New Frontier Stevie Braddock
Dick Tracy's G-Men Sammy Williams Serial, Uncredited
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Boy Ranger Uncredited
1940 Laddie Leon Stanton
Rocky Mountain Rangers Danny Burke
Little Men Tommy
1941 Nice Girl? Boy Uncredited
Men of Boys Town Boys Town Sentry Uncredited
Sergeant York Boy Uncredited
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides Boy Uncredited
1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain Cub Pilot Uncredited
1947 Undercover Maisie Trainee Uncredited
Dark Delusion Young Townsboy Uncredited
The Hucksters Western Union Messenger Uncredited
1949 Flamingo Road Hotel Bellboy Uncredited
1952 The Story of Will Rogers Scotty - Flier Uncredited
1953 Battle Circus Soldier Uncredited



  1. ^ "Sammy McKim". IMDb. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Euro Disneyland Map". Disneyland Paris Treasures.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Sam McKim". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved November 24, 2019.