Kevyn Wallace memorial

Animator/layout artist Kevyn Wallace passed away on September 14th, at 3am, succumbing to the injuries sustained after being hit by a drunk driver on August 9th, 2011. He was 48 years old.

Kevyn was an accomplished Feature Animation Layout Artist having quietly spent much of his career at Disney (Tarzan, Mulan), Universal (Land Before Time series) and Film Roman (The Simpsons Movie). At the time of his death, he was working on his own documentary chronicling the history of African-American Artists in Animation and their invaluable contributions to the industry. We received this information from his family:

Kevyn’s family would like to extend their gratitude for all of the love, the well-wishes, the cards and the positive thoughts sent to Kevyn – and to them – during this very difficult time.

We cordially invite you to join us in honoring Kevyn on his birthday…

A Life Celebration of Kevyn Wallace
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103-1999

We also understand that donations to the LAC+USC Burn Center would be welcome in lieu of flowers.


  • James Madison

    RIP

  • http://lageneral-issima.blogspot.com Rosemary Rivera

    Kevyn was a talented artist, a patient and generous teacher to anyone who asked for advice and a poised and calm man.

    As a professional he gave the same dedication and quality to an independent production as he did at a major studio. As a friend he was warm and funny, deep and intelligent but always down for an adventure on the slopes or to try new things.

    Kevyn loved the arts and being healthy. I shared many a cup of tea with him and talked lots about jazz, films and society. He was set to be a great filmmaker in his own right. Miss you so much, Kev. Be at peace.

    • http://www.umarijason.blogspot.com Umari Jason

      OMG…. I just cant believe this. I have not heard from Kevin in a year. He did not return my emails or calls when I tried to contact him. Finaly, I googled his name and found this post. Honestly, I had a feeling that he was in an accident or something happened to him. This is so HeartBreaking! For a short time, he was my friend and I really loved him. I wish I told him how much he meant. God Bless you for posting this!

  • James Ciambor

    Depressing to say the least RIP. This is exactly why I support organizations against DUI. You get criminally irresponsible people that don’t restrain themselves from drinking to much, and have the audacity to drive. I commend anyone who can find a way to regulate alcohol intake and prohibit them from driving.

    Someone please find the funds to finish the documentary as well. I would love to see his, Bruce Smith, and Floyd Norman’s lives chronicled. Let’s not forget about George Herriman either.

    • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

      You said everything I was thinking. And thanks for sharing that illuminating information about the creator of Krazy Kat.

    • Nik

      RIP. :(

      I also would love to see Wallace’s documentary on blacks in animation completed. It would be an awesome tribute to not only his career but the careers of many other talented people. And yes, please don’t forget about Geo. Herriman!

  • Paul N

    Never met Kevyn, but it feels like a tragic, pointless, and preventable loss. Hope they got the guy who hit him and prosecute him to the fullest. Deepest sympathy to his friends and family.

  • http://www.boonestoons.com Greg B

    This is just freakin’ tragic.

    Another talented person lost because some irresponsible creep decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. They should take that DUI driver out to the desert.

  • hash

    ugh this pisses me off. they need to increase the penalty for driving drunk, too many idiots are endangering the lives of others

  • http://downindeep13.blogspot.com JerRocks2day

    That’s sad that he died, and didn’t get to finish that documentary. I hope they find a way to salvage that hard work he probably put sooo much effort into.

  • http://www.mikescottanimation.com Mike Scott

    So sorry to hear that. Condolences to his family.

  • http://www.comemeetjesus.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    Wow! I wish I had known more about him before his passing. rest in peace. Would really love to see his documentary finished!

  • http://willfinn.blogspot.com/ Will Finn

    I’m stunned and saddened by this news. Last time I saw Kevyn was a few years back, when I was freelancing on an indie project,,, He was in-house doing his usual hi-calibre work and we were able to catch up with one another. I never would have dreamed it was the last time we’d speak or work together. My condolences to his family and other loved ones. Kevyn was and remains a genuine, dedicated and talented professional. He will be greatly missed…

  • Al Holter

    Kevyn was a great guy. We met taking digital classes in Glendale and after that
    we seemed to run into each other all the time, at events, at Stuart NG’s booth at
    Comi-Con or working on the Simpsons Movie.
    The last time I saw him was at a Siggraph event at Art Center. He was so excited about the classes he was taking for live action direction and being able to carry his animation experience over to his own projects.
    I’m so sad to think of the loss to us all, but especially to his family.
    The two strangers that helped pull him from his burning car should get a nod of thanks for trying to save him.

  • http://www.gfxalchemist.com/ Eric Oliver

    This is a shock!!! Kevyn was a cool guy, whom I got to know over the years. R.I.P. and my condolences to his family.

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    I remember Kevyn from Disney. He was very friendly and a talented artist. Kevyn was probably the most healthy, fit person in the studio, so this is especially shocking. Our condolences to his friends and family.

  • Mark Walton

    I can’t think of a more unfair, undeserved, outrageous, untimely end to such a gentle soul. Kevyn was one of the nicest and most passionate artists I ran across at Disney. I wish I would have gotten to know him better. I could rage on about the way drunk drivers get a relative slap on the wrist in this country, or about our culture’s gleeful acceptance and love affair with such a dangerous, addictive drug, but, bottom line, I wish Kevyn’s family all the best, and fervently hope that the person who did this, at the very least, won’t be allowed to hurt anyone else ever again.

  • Damon

    Condolences to his family.

    There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, but make sure you either have someone to take you home or call a cab.

  • Dan Fausett

    Truly saddened by the news of the loss of a true friend in animation. First worked with Kevin at Dreamworks and our paths crossed many times. So sad such a vibrant young man is lost to us and to animation. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. Rest peaceful Kevin you shall not be forgotten.

  • http://www.lawrencejackson.com Law

    I frequent this blog daily and though I never met Mr Wallace I’m deeply saddened by this terrible news. Deepest condolences to his family. Let us all take to heart how short all of our time is and make the most of our brief lives! T_T;;;

    -Law

  • Barbara N

    I knew Kevyn at the Art Center College of Design, where I work in the enrollment department. No matter how frantic our office was, Kevyn always waited patiently for our help and was incredibly warm, gentle and friendly to all. It is a terrible loss for the whole college community as well as his family, friends, and work colleagues. Rest in peace, dear Kevyn. You will always be remembered with love.

    Please, someone, find a way to finish the documentary he was working on.

  • Mike Inman

    I met Kevyn around ’97 when we were both attending Steve Huston’s Saturday drawing and painting workshop in Eagle Rock. I remember Kevyn as a very cool and good natured guy that was aso a talented, focused and dedicated artist. The kind of person you want to be on an animation crew with. I last saw Kevyn around ’07 and when I was happily surprised to see him working as part of the Simpson’s Movie layout team.
    I am grateful to have known and worked with Kevyn
    Rest in Peace

  • Bob Bacon

    I’m very sorry to hear of this. My blessings and thanks to Kevin and his family for his humble nature, immense talent, and the wonderful contributions he made at Disney.

  • https://altpick.com/juliereed Julie Reed

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kevyn’s passing. I see it happened months ago, and I just happened to think of Kevyn and did a google search to see if we could reconnect. I met Kevyn long ago when he did a summer internship at Hallmark – we had lost touch over the years, but I do remember his getting work with DIsney and that he still lived in CA.

    Even in the early years, Kevyn was a dedicated and talented artist – I feel lucky to have met him and spent a summer hanging out in between work. We drove out into the country one day and I remember him being a little freaked out by the open space. I’m glad he was able to enjoy his work and live in the place he loved, CA.

    My condolences to his family and friends – I’m so saddened to hear this news.