Two-time Oscar winner Larry Lansburgh, who almost always featured animals in the films he produced or directed, died March 25 at his Eagle Point, Ore., horse ranch. He was 89.
Lansburgh was best known for directing 18 features and TV programs for the Disney studio. Born in San Francisco, his father, G. Albert Lansburgh, was a theater architect who designed theaters for the Orpheum circuit. He began his career in the film business doing stunt work for Cecil B. DeMille.
Lansburgh joined Disney in the mid-1940s and went on to direct “Stormy — The Thoroughbred,” and “Cow Dog,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short.
Additional Disney credits included serving as an assistant production supervisor on “Three Caballeros” and shooting documentary footage of Walt Disney’s wartime South American good will tour for “Saludos Amigos” as well as serving as technical director on “So Dear to My Heart.”
In 1958 Lansburgh received an Academy Award for another of his shorts, “The Wetback Hound.” He also received an Oscar in 1961 for the documentary, “The Horse with the Flying Tail.”
Beginning in the mid 1950s until 1971, Lansburgh directed several episodes of the TV program “The Wonderful World of Disney” including “Chester, Yesterday’s Horse,” “Runaway on the Rogue River” and “Twister, The Bull from the Sky.”
In October 1998 he was named a “Legend of Disney” and was presented with an inscribed statue by Roy E. Disney and Michael Eisner in special ceremonies at Disney Studios.
He is survived by his wife, Olive; three sons; a daughter and eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to: District 9 Community Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 548, Eagle Point, OR 97524.