January 27, 1960
Kupershmidt was born in Lviv, Ukraine. As a young adult, he relocated to the United States, where he graduated from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1982.
After graduation, Kupershmidt worked for the Walt Disney Company, designing characters for their Orlando-based marketing department. He worked in Orlando until the studio closed in 2004, after which he relocated to Disney's Burbank operation.
Kupershmidt's Disney debut was Roller Coaster Rabbit, which was closely followed by roles in both Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. He served as the supervising animator for several Disney characters, such as Khan and General Li in Mulan, Stitch in Lilo & Stitch, and Koda in Brother Bear.
- The Making of The Lion King Part 1. Retrieved on July 18, 2018.