James Michael Podhaisky – obituary
James Michael (Jim) Podhaisky, of Glendale, CA and formerly of Alliance, NE passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2011. Jim was en route to London on a business trip for his employer, The Walt Disney Company, and apparently passed away in his sleep on the trans-Atlantic flight. The actual cause of death is still being determined. He was 48 years old.
Jim was born in Alliance, Nebraska on February 13, 1962, the sixth of eight children, to Tom and Roxie Podhaisky. In 1980 he graduated from Alliance High School, where he was active in music and theater. He attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado, where he earned his fine arts degree in 1984. After graduation, he continued to perform, both as an actor and as a comedian, and worked for a time at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
After moving to California, Jim worked as an actor and as a professional artist. He was hired by the Disney Company in 1996 as a Creative Manager. At the time of his passing, he was Vice President Creative, Global Stationery, in the Disney Consumer Products Division.