Donald Duck, one of the most endearing cartoon characters of all time, was created by the Walt Disney Co. in 1934. His first film came out that year, the animated short "The Wise Little Hen." His first starring role was in "Don Donald" (1937).
According to his biography on Disney's website, Donald's "fiery temper endeared him to audiences, and in the 1940s he surpassed Mickey Mouse in the number of cartoons reaching the theaters. Eventually, there were 128 Donald Duck cartoons, but he also appeared in a number of others with Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Pluto."
Clarence Nash was the voice of Donald through 1984, when he was succeeded by Disney animator Tony Anselmo, according to the Disney archives.