Whitaker, Wetzel

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Whitaker, Wetzel Gender: M
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)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°39' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 12°44 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 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.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) boss relationship with Disney, Walt (born 5 December 1901)


Source Notes

Birth certificate submitted by Sy Scholfield.


  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Mormon/ LDS Church)
  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist (Animator)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Filmmaker)