Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday at the age of 83. The cause of death has not been released.
The Imagineer had a 54-year career working with for the mouse and alongside Walt Disney himself.
Sklar was recognized for his imaginative work and creative capabilities at a number of Disney theme parks for more than half a century. He was named a Disney Legend in 2001.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company reacts to the death:
“Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career. He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”
Sklar was recognized by more than just Disney for his illustrious career and revolutionary work in theme parks. Sklar has earned accolades such as the Lifetime Achievement award from TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), the Professional Achievement Award from UCLA and is even a IAAPA (international Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Hall of Fame inductee.
Marty is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leah; son Howard and his wife, Katriina Koski-Sklar; grandchildren Gabriel and Hannah; daughter Leslie; and grandchildren Rachel and Jacob.