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This Week in Disney History (May 24-31)


1879: Actress Lucile Watson (Song of the South) is born in Quebec, Canada. 1889: Actor Don Brodie (Barker in Pinocchio) is born in Cincinnati, OH. 1908: Actress Barbara Luddy (Kanga in many Winnie the Pooh serials, Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty, Rover in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Lady in Lady and the Tramp) is born in Great Falls, MT.  […]

This Week in Disney History (May 17-23)


1904: Actor Fred Shields (Narrator for Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros) is born in Kansas City, Missouri. 1906: Sound effects guru James Macdonald (Mickey and the Beanstalk, House of Mouse, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland) is born in Dundee, Scotland. 1908: Writer Ralph Wright (Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the […]

This Week in Disney History (May 10-16)


1872: Actor Taylor Holmes (King Stefan in Sleeping Beauty) is born in Newark, New Jersey. 1883: Sketch artist Albert Hunter (Snow White, Pinocchio)  is born in Zurich, Switzerland. 1908: Illustrator, and Disney Legend, Joe Grant (Snow White, Dumbo, Fantasia, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules) is born in New York City. 1911: Actor […]

This Week in Disney History (May 3-9)


1903: Singer Bing Crosby (Narrator in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) is born in Tacoma, Washington. 1915: Actor Ben Wright (Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, Wolf in The Jungle Book) is born in London, England. 1916: Actress, and Disney Legend, Adriana Caselotti (Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. […]

This Week in Disney History (April 26-May 2)


1902: Singer Harry Stockwell (Singing voice of the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) is born in Kansas City, Missouri. 1905: Actor Dennis O’Dea (Father Murphy in Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Dr. Livesy in Treasure Island) is born in Dublin, Ireland. 1915: Animator Art Stevens (Fantasia, Bambi, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh and […]

This Week in Disney History (April 19-25)


1886: Actress Belle Montrose (The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber) is born Isabelle Donohue in Illinois. 1906: Actor Eddie Albert (The Barefoot Executive, Beyond Witch Mountain, Escape to Witch Mountain, MIracle of the White Stallions) is born in Rock Island, Illinois. 1914: Actor, and Disney Legend, Betty Lou Gerson (Cinderella and Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmations) is […]

This Week in Disney History (April 12-18)


1887: Actor Christian Rub (Pinocchio in Pinocchio) is born in Austria. 1907: Animator Bernhard August Gramatky, Jr. (worked at Disney from 1929-1936) is born in Dallas, Texas. 1917: Actor Hans Conried (Mr. George Darling/Captain Hook in Peter Pan, The Cat From Outer Space, The Shaggy D.A., Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier) is born in Baltimore, Maryland. […]

This Week in Disney History (April 5-11)


1915: Actor Harry Morgan (The Barefoot Executive, Scandalous John, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Snowball Express, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Car From Outer Space) is born in Detroit, Michigan. 1924: Actress Jane Kean (Miss Taylor in Pete’s Dragon) is born in Hartford, Connecticut. 1928: Actor James Garner (Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, […]

This Week in Disney History (March 29-April 4)


1805: Writer Hans Christian Anderson (The Little Mermaid) is born in Odensk, Funen, Denmark. 1889: Actor Herman Bing (Ringmaster in Dumbo) is born in Germany. 1899: Film pioneer, engineer, and Disney Legend, Bill Garity (put sound to Steamboat Willie, perfected the multiplane camera, and co-invented Fantasound-now known as surround sound) is born in Brooklyn, New York. 1905: […]

This Week in Disney History (March 22-28)


1901: Animator, and Disney Legend, Ub Iwerks is born Ubbe Ert Iwerks in Kansas City, Missouri. 1907: Composer Leigh Harline (Pinocchio, Snow White) is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. 1909: Animator, Disney Legend, and one of the “Nine Old Men”, Milt Kahl is born in San Fransisco, CA. 1912: Actor Wilfrid Brambell (Willie Bannock in The Three […]

This Week in Disney History (March 15-21)


1883: Actor Colin Campbell (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Alice in Wonderland) is born in Scotland. 1892: Actor Don Barclay (Cinderella, Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan) is born in Ashland, Oregon. 1904: Actor J. Pat O’Malley (Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Son of Flubber, The Adventures of Spin […]

This Week in Disney History (March 8-14)


1900: Writer Ted Sears (Sleeping Beauty, Disneyland-the TV series, The Vanishing Prairie, The Living Desert) is born in Massachusetts. 1905: Actor Richard Haydn (Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland) is born in London, England. 1909: Animator Jules Engel (Fantasia, Bambi, and others) is born in Budapest, Hungary. 1911: Animator, Disney Legend, and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men, John […]

This Week in Disney History (March 1-7)


1910: Actor David Niven (Candleshoe, No Deposit No Return) is born James David Graham Niven in London, England. 1914: Animator, and one of the Nine Old Men, Ward Kimball (Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1930: Animator Ub Iwerks leaves Disney to start his own Studios, only to return a few years later. 1932: Administrator, and Disney […]

This Week in Disney History (February 22-28)


1895: Actor Edward Brophy (Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo) is born in New York City. 1908: Actor, and Disney Legend, John Mills (Father Robinson in Swiss Family Robinson, Father to Hayley Mills of Parent Trap fame) is born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England. 1913: Actor Jim Backus (the Mayor in Pete’s Dragon) is born […]

This Week in Disney History (February 15-21)


1899: The wife of Walt Disney, Lillian Bounds, is born in Spalding, Ohio. 1904: Actor James Baskett (Uncle Remus in Song of the South) is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1907: Actor Cesar Romero (The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t, The Strongest Man in the World) is born in New York City. […]