Wayne Allwine

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Wayne Allwine
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Born Wayne Anthony Allwine
(1947-02-07)February 7, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
Died May 18, 2009(2009-05-18) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Nationality American
Occupation Voice actor, sound effects editor, foley artist
Years active 1977–2009
Known for Voice of Mickey Mouse
Spouse(s)
Russi Taylor
(m. 1991; his death 2009)
Children 4
Awards Emmy Award (1986)
Disney Legend Award (2008)

Wayne Anthony Allwine (February 7, 1947 – May 18, 2009)[1] was an American voice actor, sound effects editor and foley artist for The Walt Disney Company. He was best remembered as the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, narrowly the longest to date, and was married to voice actress Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986. He died on May 18, 2009 of complications caused by diabetes.

Early life[edit]

Allwine was born in Glendale, California on February 7, 1947. In 1966, Allwine started work in the mailing room at the Disney studios, before working in the sound effects department under Jimmy MacDonald.[2]

Career[edit]

After auditioning for the role, Allwine became the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1977 until his death in 2009. He succeeded MacDonald, who in 1947 had taken over from Walt Disney himself, who had performed the role since 1928 as well as supplying Mickey's voice for animated portions of the original The Mickey Mouse Club television show (ABC-TV, 1955–59).

Allwine's first appearance as Mickey was voicing the animated lead-ins for The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977. His first appearance as Mickey for a theatrical release was in the 1983 featurette Mickey's Christmas Carol. In the same film, he voiced a Santa Claus on the street appealing for charity donations at the start of the movie, Moley (who appears with Ratty) "collecting for the poor", and one of the two weasel undertakers in the Christmas future scene.

He also starred in films such as The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Prince and the Pauper (1990) and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and the TV series Mickey Mouse Works (1999–2000), Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003) and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006–2009). He has provided Mickey's voice in the popular Kingdom Hearts series of video games prior to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, which was done in collaboration with Japanese video game company Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which was the last game that used his voice (mainly with Mickey as a playable character in Mission Mode), would leave a message in his memory as the game was released in North America several months after his death.

In addition to his voice work, Allwine had also been a sound effects editor on Disney films and TV shows including Splash (1984) and Three Men and a Baby (1987); as well as Innerspace (1987), Alien Nation (1988) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier for other studios.

He played rhythm guitar for the band Davie Allan & the Arrows, including on the 1967 single "Cycle-Delic".

Personal life and death[edit]

Allwine has four children from previous marriages, in which all three ended in a divorce.[3] In 1991, Allwine married Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986, and they were named Disney Legends in 2008; they remained married until his death in 2009.[4][5][6][7] His final performance was in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby Sitter" and the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which are dedicated to his memory.

Allwine died of acute diabetes at age 62 on May 18, 2009, and Bret Iwan became the current voice of Mickey Mouse.[8] In 2013, his voice was used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and in 2014, his voice was again used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, due to the archive footage from his previous work in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Mickey Mouse/Weasel Gravedigger/Beggar Dog Short film
1985 The Black Cauldron Henchman Film
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Thug Guard #2
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mickey Mouse
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Mickey Mouse/Prince Short film
1995 A Goofy Movie Mickey Mouse Film
Runaway Brain Short film
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video film
Fantasia 2000 Segment: "Pomp and Circumstance"
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Direct-to-video film
2002 Mickey's House of Villains
2004 The Lion King 1½
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
2007 Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Special
2009 Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Telefilm
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Final telefilm

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1977–1979 The New Mickey Mouse Club Mickey Mouse
1987 D-TV Doggone Valentine
D-TV Monster Hits
1988 Totally Minnie
Mickey's 60th Birthday
Here's to you, Mickey Mouse
1989 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1990 The Muppets at Walt Disney World
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun
1993 Bonkers
1994–1995 Mickey's Fun Songs series
1998 The Spirit of Mickey
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse
2006–2009 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 My Disney Kitchen Mickey Mouse
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA
2002–2009 Kingdom Hearts series
2002 Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse
Disney Golf
Disney Sports Soccer
Disney Sports Skateboarding
Disney Sports Football
Disney Sports Basketball
2003 Disney's Party
Disney's Hide and Sneak
Toontown Online
2008 Disney Think Fast

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 Muppet*Vision 3D Waldo C. Graphic posing as Mickey Mouse
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Mickey Mouse

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney Legends - D23". Legends.disney.go.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (May 21, 2009). "Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse, dies at 62". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ McLellan, By Dennis. "Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse, dies at 62 – LA Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Man who was the voice of Mickey Mouse dies - with his wife, the voice of Minnie Mouse, at his side". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  5. ^ McLellan, By Dennis. "Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse, dies at 62 – LA Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Remembering Wayne Allwine, the Official Voice of Mickey Mouse". Mouseplanet.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Remembering Wayne Allwine - Slice of SciFi". Sliceofscifi.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Voice of Mickey Mouse dies". Abc.net.au. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 

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Preceded by
Jimmy MacDonald
Voice of Mickey Mouse
1977–2009
Succeeded by
Bret Iwan