|Birthname||Wetzel Orson Whitaker|
|born on||30 September 1908 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )|
|Place||Heber City, Utah, 40n30, 111w25|
|Timezone||MST h7w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°39' 12°44 Asc. 08°48'|
American Mormon filmmaker, most of whose films, such as The Windows of Heaven, Johnny Lingo and Pioneers in Petticoats, were made in cooperation with his brother Scott Whitaker. The two of them ran the BYU Motion Picture Studio during this time, receiving commission from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make films.
Whitaker grew up primarily in Utah and Colorado. His nickname came from his brother calling him "Judge", comparing him to the local justice of the peace. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and became the Art Director for the St. Louis Times. In the 1930s he moved to California, where he worked many years for Walt Disney as an animator.
From 1953 on, Whitaker directed the BYU Motion Picture Studio. In 1971 he was given an honorary doctorate by BYU and he retired from his work at the motion picture studio in 1974. He died on 1 November 1985, aged 77, in Murray, Utah.
- sibling relationship with Whitaker, Scott (born 16 April 1915)
- (has as) boss relationship with Disney, Walt (born 5 December 1901)
Birth certificate submitted by Sy Scholfield.
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Mormon/ LDS Church)
- Vocation : Art : Cartoonist (Animator)
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Filmmaker)