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Winston Hibler
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Winston Murray Hunt Hibler[1]

(1910-10-08)October 8, 1910
DiedAugust 8, 1976(1976-08-08) (aged 65)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, film producer, film director
Years active1942–1976
Dottie Johnson
(m. 1930⁠–⁠1976)

Winston Murray Hunt Hibler[1] (October 8, 1910 – August 8, 1976) was an American screenwriter, film producer, director and narrator associated with Walt Disney Studios.

Biography and career

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Hibler was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1910. He was the youngest child of Christopher Hibler and Louise Eisenbeis.[1]

He wanted to be an actor in New York at the age of 12.[citation needed] In 1930, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and performed on Broadway, In the Best of Families. Later in the same year, he married Dottie Johnson, with whom he had three children.

A year later, he moved to Hollywood to pursue his career on Broadway, he appeared in a small role in The Last Days of Pompeii. Later, he took up freelance writing for magazines and radio to help supplement his income.[2]

In 1942, Hibler joined Walt Disney Productions as a camera operator. Then later on, he worked as a technical director for the U.S. Army training films. As a songwriter, Hibler contributed lyrics with Ted Sears, who wrote songs for some musical films, like Following the Leader from Peter Pan, and I Wonder from Sleeping Beauty.[3] Hibler also voice-over roles in documentary films, and some series in True-Life Adventures and People and Places.

In 1961, Hibler produced his feature film, Nikki, Wild Dog of the North. Later in 1963, Hibler and his wife moved to Glendale, California.[4]

He died on August 8, 1976, in Burbank, just three years before his last release, The Black Hole.[4]

He posthumously awarded as Disney Legend in 1992.[5]

Select filmography






Awards and nominations


  1. ^ a b c "Family tree of "Winston" Murray Hunt HIBLER". Geneanet. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Winston Hibler a Disney Writer". The New York Times. August 13, 1976. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Lucas, Christopher (2019). Top Disney: 100 Top Ten Lists of the Best of Disney, from the Man to the Mouse and Beyond. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781493037728. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Dorothy Hibler Obituary". Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Winston Hibler". D23. Disney. Retrieved January 26, 2017.