Ubbe Eert “Ub” Iwerks, March 24, 1901 – July 7, 1971) was an American animator, cartoonist, character designer, inventor, and special effects technician.
Iwerks co-created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney. The works Iwerks produced alongside Disney went on to win numerous awards, including multiple Academy Awards.
Eert Ubbe Iwerks, emigrated to the U.S. in 1869 from the village of Uttum in East Frisia (northwest Germany, today part of the municipality of Krummhörn). Ub’s full name can be seen on early “Alice” shorts that he signed. Several years later he simplified his name to “Ub Iwerks”, sometimes written as “U. B. Iwerks”.
He is the father of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and grandfather to documentary film producer Leslie Iwerks.