The Death of Mickey Mouse

#1 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio
Wayne Allwine, the actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, has died.

The Walt Disney Co. says Allwine died Monday of complications from diabetes, with Russi Taylor, his wife of 20 years and the voice of Minnie Mouse, by his side. He was 62.

"Wayne dedicated his entire professional life to Disney," chief executive Robert Iger said in a statement Wednesday. "Over the last 32 years, (he) gave so much joy, happiness and comfort to so many around the world by giving voice to our most beloved, iconic character, Mickey Mouse."

A Southern California native, Allwine joined Disney in 1966 when he took a job in the mail room. He went on to work in the sound effects department and began voicing the company's main mouse in 1977.

His falsetto can be heard in 1983's "Mickey's Christmas Carol," 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and at Disney theme parks around the world. He won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his sound editing on the NBC series "Amazing Stories."

Allwine was the third man behind Mickey's voice. The first was Disney himself, then Jimmy MacDonald, who became Allwine's mentor and passed him the reins after voicing the mouse for 30 years.

"He said, 'Just remember kid, you're only filling in for the boss,'" Allwine once recalled. "And that's the way he treated doing Mickey for years and years."

"Mickey's the real star," Allwine continued. "You know you just have to love the little guy while you have him, because he won't be yours forever."

Roy E. Disney, director emeritus for The Walt Disney Co., said Allwine did more than give Mickey a voice. He "gave him a heart and soul as well."

"He did an incredible job of bringing emotion, humor and appeal to the character, and superbly carried on the tradition originated by my Uncle Walt, and later by sound-effects wizard Jimmy Macdonald."

Besides Taylor, Allwine is survived by five children from a previous marriage: Erin, Alison, Peter, Christopher and Joshua.

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#2 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

hmmm  Mickey mouse technically died and I'm sorta sad. weird

#3 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

the world just got a little bit darker...

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#4 Posted by Nighthunter (28580 posts) - - Show Bio

Rest in peace, my best wishes to the family

#5 Posted by Nighthunter (28580 posts) - - Show Bio
@Methos said:
" the world just got a little bit darker...M "
waits for the inevitable Dark Reign/Dark Mickey Mouse joke
#6 Posted by Vance Astro (91122 posts) - - Show Bio

Did my post get deleted?

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#7 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vance Astro said:
" Did my post get deleted? "
because it was blatently disrespectful to the man who had just lost his life battling diabetes...

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#8 Edited by SUNMAN (7141 posts) - - Show Bio

mine got deleted too


EDIT: also rest in peace Wayne Allwine, you were one of the great legends to toddlers everywhere.
#9 Posted by Zaraki Ichigo (6476 posts) - - Show Bio

Bad news for sure, my whole family was raised on the Mickey classics.  So goes another who brought many joy.

#10 Posted by Vance Astro (91122 posts) - - Show Bio
@Methos said:
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@Vance Astro said:
" Did my post get deleted? "
because it was blatently disrespectful to the man who had just lost his life battling diabetes...M "
It was supposed to be disrespectful to the cartoon Mouse.
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#11 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

it wasn't

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#12 Edited by bioghost (1245 posts) - - Show Bio

too bad.  (rest in peace)
no they have wistand donald and goofy for a awhile.

#13 Posted by Darkchild (40624 posts) - - Show Bio

Man this sucks, ive raised my son on Mickey Mouse for three years. And this is really sad

RIP an best wishes to his family

#14 Posted by Desiderina Redhead (4413 posts) - - Show Bio

Mickey always weirded me out... WHY THE GLOVES MICKEY WHYYYY

#15 Edited by White Mage (18740 posts) - - Show Bio

This is part of my biggest tv fear.  These characters that we grow attached to will live forever, but the people voicing them will not. 

I cringe at the thought of what will happen with Sesame street. 

#16 Posted by Agent Crews (93 posts) - - Show Bio

NOOOOOOO Mickey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rest in Paradise!!!!
#17 Posted by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio
@White Mage said:
" This is part of my biggest tv fear.  These characters that we grow attached to will live forever, but the people voicing them will not.  I cringe at the thought of what will happen with Sesame street.  "
reruns!
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#18 Posted by bioghost (1245 posts) - - Show Bio
@White Mage said:
"This is part of my biggest tv fear.  These characters that we grow attached to will live forever, but the people voicing them will not.  I cringe at the thought of what will happen with Sesame street.  "
a little late for that aren't you.
I'm more worry about the simpson cast.
#19 Posted by White Mage (18740 posts) - - Show Bio
@bioghost said:
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@White Mage said:
"This is part of my biggest tv fear.  These characters that we grow attached to will live forever, but the people voicing them will not.  I cringe at the thought of what will happen with Sesame street.  "
a little late for that aren't you.I'm more worry about the simpson cast. "
They aren't all dead y'know.

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