Born: 1905 May 5 in Kaysville, Utah, United States

Died: 1986 July 22 in La Crescenta-Montrose, California, United States

Biography: Arthur Floyd Gottfredson (May 5, 1905 — July 22, 1986) was an American cartoonist best known for his defining work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip. He learned cartooning via a correspondence course and was working as a cartoonist for trade magazines and a local Salt Lake City paper by the late '20s. In 1928 he moved to southern California, and in 1929 he was hired as an in-betweener by the Disney Studio.

In early 1930, a few months after the launch of the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, Ub Iwerks and Win Smith, the original artists, left Disney, and Gottfredson was asked by Walt Disney to take over on a temporary basis. Shortly after, Disney, who had been writing the stip, asked Gottfedson to take over that aspect as well. Gottfredson was later asked to take on the Sunday strip as well, and was eventually promoted to head of the Disney comics department, overseeing the Mickey daily and Sunday strips, the Donald Duck daily and Sunday, and the Silly Symphonies Sunday. He usually plotted and pencilled the Mickey strips, but relied on assistants to handle the writing and inking. He pencilled the strip until his retirement in 1975.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.


    Floyd Gottfredson Type: Common Alternative Name

Other Names:

  1. Arthur Floyd Gottfredson Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Arthur Floyd Family name: Gottfredson


  1. Landon School of Illustrating and Cartooning [Cleveland] ? to ?

  2. Federal School of Illustrating [Minneapolis] ? to ?


  1. 1983: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  2. 2003: Disney Legend - [no name]
  3. 2006: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Judge's Choices

Awards for Issues:

  1. 2012: Eisner Award - Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips
    Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (2011 series) #1 - Race to Death Valley

Art Influences:

Influences by Floyd Gottfredson (b. 1905) were stated by:
  1. William Van Horn (b. 1939)