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John Hench was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, on June 29, 1908.
He was an American storyboard artist, designer, animator, and art director. Hench studied at the Art Students League of New York City and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
He later became the Director at the Walt Disney Company. He backed Walt Disney's most significant achievements, like 'Fantasia' and 'Space Mountain'. Hench began his career in the animation department in 1939 as a story artist. He worked on projects involving backdrops, set design, animation effects, and visual effects. Hench was an American Imagineer and a Disney Legend. He died on February 5, 2004, due to heart failure.
His estimated net worth was $3 million.
Information about his yearly income is unavailable.
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John Hench died in Burbank, California, at age 90 on February 5, 2004.
John Hench was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, on June 29, 1908. Later, his family moved to Southern California, where John Hench was raised. He obtained a scholarship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. He studied at the Art Students League of New York City, New York.
He joined the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Hench began working for Disney in 1939 as a story department sketch artist on the film 'Fantasia'.
Hench served as the chief creator of the giant hydraulic squid in '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' in 1954. He was also a part of the Disney studio's live-action department. In 1954, the movie took home the Academy Award for Best Special Effects.
Lowry Hench was the wife of John Hench.
John Hench is most remembered for his work on the films 'Cinderella', 'Dumbo', and '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'.
His most popular animation effects contribution was in 'Peter Pan' and 'Alice In Wonderland'. He worked as an art director in these movies. He was an architect and designer in 'Disney Tomorrowland' and 'Walt Disney World'. Later, he worked on the design of 'Tokyo Disneyland', 'Walt Disney World', and other Disney theme parks, including 'Tokyo DisneySea', 'Animal Kingdom', and 'California Adventure'.
John Hench won the Themed Entertainment Association- Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. He also won the Academy Award for Special Effects for the movie '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.' Hench was the lead developer of the giant hydraulic squid in this movie.
In 1990, John Hench received the Disney Legend Award for his work in Animation and Imagineering.
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