Donnie Dunagan

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Donnie Dunagan
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Pickwick Oct. 30, 2014
Born Donald Roan Dunagan
(1934-08-16) August 16, 1934 (age 81)
San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938–1942
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1952–1977
Rank US-O4 insignia.svg Major
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Donald "Donnie" Roan Dunagan (born August 16, 1934) is a retired American former child actor and United States Marine Corps drill instructor. He was a voice actor in the Bambi film, providing the voice of Young Bambi.

Biography[edit]

Dunagan was born in San Antonio, Texas, but his family soon moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they struggled with poverty.[1] There at the age of three-and-a-half he won a talent contest prize of $100. Spotted by a studio talent scout, the family moved to Hollywood, where Dunagan appeared in a series of films[2] and soon became his family's main breadwinner. His career ended after he provided the voice for the young fawn in Walt Disney's Bambi.[3]

By the age of 13, Dunagan was living in a boarding house and working as a lathe operator. In 1952, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.[4] He became the Marines' youngest-ever drill instructor[5] and served three tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded several times, before finally retiring in 1977 with the rank of Major.[5]

For his service he received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Dunagan has said in interviews that he kept his acting career a secret while serving in the Marines.[5] He is retired and is currently living in San Angelo, Texas, with his wife.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Discussion With Donnie Dunagun: The Voice Of Bambi". MouseInfo.com. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Murray, Angus Wolfe (2011). "A profile of Donnie Dunagan, The Voice of Bambi". iofilm.co.uk. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ NPR Staff (July 31, 2015). "Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn". NPR. 
  4. ^ Brooks, Xan (February 16, 2005). "How Bambi fought the Viet Cong". The Guardian (London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Westbrook, Bruce (March 7, 2005). "Marine reflects on being the voice of Bambi". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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