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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 (February 8-14)

1886: Actor Charles Ruggles (Follow Me, Boys!, The Ugly Dachshund, Son of Flubber) is born in Los Angeles, California. 1903: Actor Stuart Erwin (The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Son of Flubber, Moochie of the Little League) is born in Squaw County, California. 1914: Disney Legend Bill Justice (Mickey Mouse animator, worked on Audio-Animatronics) is born in Dayton, Ohio. […]

This Week in Disney History (February 1-7)

1889: Actor Walter Catlett (J. Worthington Foulfellow in Pinocchio) is born in San Francisco, California. 1908: Comedian Gene Sheldon (Zorro, Toby Tyler, Ten Weeks with the Circus, Babes in Toyland) is born Eugene Hume in Columbus, Ohio. 1914: Actor Thurl Ravenscroft (Shere Kahn in The Jungle Book, the Knight in The Sword in the Stone, the Captain in One […]

This Week in Disney History (January 25-31)

1832: Author Lewis Carroll (author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) is born in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. 1905: Actor Charles Lane (The AristoCats, The Ugly Daschund, The Gnome-Mobile, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes) is born in San Francisco, California. 1918: Actor Vito Scotti (Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie Rides Again, The World’s Greatest Athlete, The Aritocats) is born in San […]

This Week in Disney History (January 11-17)

1890: Artist, and Disney Legend, Edna Francis (married to Roy O. Disney, mother of Roy E. Disney) is born in Reece, Kansas. 1913: Imagineer, and Disney Legend, Claude Coats (Pinocchio, Snow White, Fantasia, Cinderella, the Lady and the Tramp; backgrounds for the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides). 1924: Actor Guy Williams (Zorro in Zorro the TV series) […]

This Week in Disney History (January 4-10)

1904: Actor Ray Bolger (Barnaby in Babes in Toyland) is born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 1905: Actor, and Disney Legend, Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh) is born in Cedartown, GA. 1913: Animator, director, writer, and Disney Legend, Jack Hannah (clean-up artist on early Mickey, Donald, and Silly Symphony cartoons) is born in Arizona. 1913: Executive, and Disney […]

This Week in Disney History (December 21-27)

1887: Actor Eric Blore (Mr. Toad in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) is born in London, England. 1910: Art director, Imagineer, and Disney Legend, Marvin Davis (Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color)  is born in Clovis, New Mexico. 1913: Imagineer, and Disney Legend, Fred Joerger (3D miniature models of attractions and movie sets as well as […]

This Week in Disney History (December 14-20)

1929: The Walt Disney Studios is incorporated and replaced by Walt Disney Productions, Ltd; Walt Disney Interprises; Liled Realty and Investment Company; and the Disney Film Recording Company. 1933: Actor Tim Conway (Apple Dumpling Gang, The World’s Greatest Athlete) is born Thomas Daniel Conway in Willoughby, Ohio. 1935: Actor George Lindsey (Herbie-the TV series, The Love Bug, The […]

This Week in Disney History (December 7-13)

1848: Author and journalist Joel Chandler Harris (writer of the Uncle Remus stories-“Br’er Rabbit, etc”) is born near Eatonton, Georgia. 1879: Illustrator Ernest Howard Shepard (worked on the Winnie-the-Pooh books) is born in St. John’s Wood, London, England. 1888: Oldest child of Elias Disney, Herbert Arthur Disney, is born in Daytona Beach, Florida. 1910: Composer and […]

This Week in Disney History (November 30-December 6)

1835: Writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens (i.e. Mark Twain) is born in Florida, Missouri. He can be found in Epcot’s American Adventure. 1901: December 5: Walter Elias Disney is born in Chicago, Illinois. 1903: Walt Disney’s only sister, Ruth Flora Disney, is born in Chicago, Illinois. 1927: Actor Robert Guillaume (Rafiki in The Lion King movies) is born in […]

This Week in Disney History (November 23-29)

1888: Actress Cathleen Nesbitt (Louise McKendrick in The Parent Trap-1961) is born in Chesire, England. 1911: Illustrator Paul Murry (illustrator of the Mickey Mouse comic stories between 1950-1970) is born in Missouri. 1919: Director and writer Norman Tokar (The Apple Dumpling Gang, Snowball Express, Rascal, The HOrse in the Gray Flannel Suit) is born in Newark, New […]

This Week in Disney History (November 16-22)

1905: Actress Eleanor Audley (Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, Lady Tremaine in Cinderella, original Madame Leota in Disneyland) is born in New York City. 1906: Writer, Disney Legend, and Imagineer, William Cottrell (Pinocchio, The Reluctant Dragon, Alice in Wonderland) is born in South Ben, Indiana. He was the first President of WED Enterprises as well as the brother-in-law of Lillian […]

This Week in Disney History (November 9-15)

  1886: Comedian Ed Wynn (Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins, Those Calloways, Son of Flubber, Babes in Toyland) is born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1891: Composer Carl W. Stalling (Musical Director for Plane Crazy, The Gallopin’ Gaucho) is born in Lexington, Missouri. 1906: Actress Hermione Baddeley (Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, […]

This Week in Disney History (November 2-8)

1895: Director, and Disney Legend, Ben Sharpsteen (Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo) is born in Tacoma, Washington. 1896: Illustrator Gustaf Tenggren (Snow White, Bambi, Pinocchio) is born in Vastergotland, Sweden. 1910: Executive, and Disney Legend, Irving Ludwig (president of Buena Vista Distribution during his 40 years at the Walt Disney Company). 1911: Actor Leonard Slye (aka Roy Rogers) (Melody Time, Pecos […]

This Week in Disney History (October 26-November 1)

1902: Actress Elsa Lanchester (Rascal, Blackbeard’s Ghost, That Darn Cat!, Mary Poppins) is born in London, England. 1911: Author Daniel Pratt Mannix IV (The Fox and the Hound) is born in Pennsylvania. 1912: Animator, Disney Legend, and one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men,” Ollie Johnston (Bambi, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, The AristoCats, The Jungle Book, The Rescuers, The […]