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William Garity

Born: Apr 2, 1899

Death: Sep 16, 1971

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Nationality: United States

William Garity

Date of Birth : Apr 2, 1899
Date of Death : Sep 16, 1971
Birth Place : Brooklyn

William E. "Bill" Garity was an American inventor and technician who attended the Pratt Institute before going to work for Lee De Forest around 1921. Garity worked with DeForest on the Phonofilm sound-on-film system until 1927, when Pat Powers hired Garity to develop a sound system that Powers called Powers Cinephone. Garity is best known for the his employment at Walt Disney Studios, which used the Cinephone system in the late 20's and early 30's. In 1937, also at the Disney Studios, Garity and Ub Iwerks developed the multiplane camera. In 1940, Garity developed Fantasound, an early stereophonic surround sound system for Disney's Fantasia. After leaving the Disney studio, Garity later became vice president and production manager for Walter Lantz Productions. He was inducted in the Disney Legends program in 1999.

Awards Won

  • Academy Honorary Award
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