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11 items from 2009


Roy E. Disney: 1930-2009

17 December 2009 4:18 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Roy Edward Disney, the son and nephew of The Walt Disney Company co-founders Roy O. Disney and Walt Disney, respectively, passed away yesterday after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer at the age of 79. 

Roy E. Disney joined the Disney Company in 1953 and worked there 56+ years, eventually serving as Vice Chairman of its board of directors and chairman of Disney Animation from 1984-2003.  Most recently he held the title of director emeritus and consultant.  As the head of Disney Animation, Mr. Disney was credited with guiding the studio into a new golden age of animation with feature films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

Roy E. Disney was also a passionate defender of the company and its direction, leading a shareholder revolt not once but twice against the company and its board when he and others believed that Disney had lost its bearings. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Roy E. Disney Passes Away at the Age of 79

17 December 2009 3:14 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

It's our sad duty to report that Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney former executive for the Walt Disney Company has passed away at the age of 79 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.

A stalwart fixture at Disney - his personal office was situated inside the magic hat atop Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California - he oversaw many of the company's greatest successes over the past few decades. The company released the following statement:

Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old.

Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, »

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Roy Disney Dead At 79, Disney In Need Of New Guardians

16 December 2009 6:27 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It was only recently that Roy Disney stepped back into the spotlight for Disney. He was a key player in bringing Disney and Pixar together, while ousting Michael Eisner and pointing them in what, by now, has proven to be very much the right direction. He did the same thing two decades earlier when, fearing the company was drifting away from his family.s original vision, he threw out another CEO and set them back on the path. In short, for decades now Roy E. Disney has been the only real guardian of Walt Disney.s original, masterful, dream. He died this afternoon at the age of 79, one month short of reaching 80. The son of Walt.s brother Roy O. Disney, who co-founded the company with Walt Disney, leaves behind one of the most monumental achievements in the history of Hollywood. His guardianship of what Walt wanted Disney to be, »

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Roy E. Disney dies at 79

16 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Roy E. Disney, whose efforts to instill his will on the company co-founded by his father and uncle included the ousting of two CEOs and a renewed commitment to animation, died Wednesday, one month shy of his 80th birthday.

The nephew of Walt Disney and only child of Roy O. Disney died after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer at a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. Funeral services will be private; plans for a "life celebration" will be announced.

HIs body will be cremated and ashes scattered at sea, a fitting tribute to a man with a passion for racing sailboats. In fact, the latest entry in a long list of movie and television credits dating to 1952 when he was an assistant editor on the "Dragnet" TV series, ends with "Morning Light," a documentary about sailing that he exec produced in 2008.

But Disney is best known as the primary agitator who, »

- By Paul Bond

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Roy E. Disney Passes Away at 79

16 December 2009 12:14 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Roy E. Disney passes away at age 79 Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 - 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company's board of directors, and chairman of the Studio's Animation Department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company. As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included The Little Mermaid, »

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Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, dies

16 December 2009 11:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — A newspaper says Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful behind-the-scenes influence on the family business, has died. He was 79.   Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Roy Disney's company Shamrock Holdings, told the Los Angeles Times that Disney died Wednesday after a bout with cancer.   His father, Roy O. Disney, and uncle, Walt, founded The Walt Disney Co. in the 1920s. Walt was the company's creative genius but Roy Disney's father played a vital role as head of its financial side.   The younger Disney, born in 1930, worked »

- AP Staff

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Breaking: Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, Has Died

16 December 2009 11:29 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Roy Edward Disney, longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded, has died at age 79. Disney owned over 16 million shares of Disney stock (or about 1%) and served as a consultant for the company and Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors. Disney devoted the first 20 years of his career to making nature films for the company, but he is best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: Ron Miller in 1984, and more recently, Michael Eisner in 2005. Disney revived the company's animation division after hitting rock bottom with financial and critical failure, paving the way for a string of animated hits, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Read more about Roy Disney on the La Times. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Roy Disney Dies at 79

16 December 2009 11:23 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Brent Lang

Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, died Wednesday morning, according to Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Disney's company, Shamrock Holdings.

Disney, who had been battling cancer, was 79.

A longtime senior executive at the studio -- which his father Roy O. Disney founded, along with Walt -- he was currently director emeritus for the board of directors.

It was Disney who most famously clashed publicly with then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner in 2005. In »

- Brent Lang

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Roy E. Disney, Disney exec and nephew of Walt Disney, dies at 79

16 December 2009 11:06 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Roy E. Disney, the nephew of the late Walt Disney and a longtime senior executive for the Walt Disney Company, died Wednesday morning, sources confirm to Zap2it. He was 79.

Disney had been battling cancer. The news of his passing was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Throughout Roy Edward Disney's career, he kept the core Disney creative spirit alive and spearheaded the ousting of two top Disney executives, Ron Miller and Michael Eisner, at the Walt Disney Company, which was founded by his uncle Walt and father Roy Oliver Disney. He's also been credited for bringing about the Disney animation renaissance of the 1990s that actually began in 1989 with the "Little Mermaid" and also included "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Aladdin" and "Hercules."

He last served as a consultant for the company and Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors.

Roy E. Disney began his »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Roy E. Disney Passes Away at the Age of 79

16 December 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Walt Disney Company has announced that Roy E. Disney has passed away at the age of 79 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. The company released the following statement: Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney's animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 - 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company's board of directors, and »

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Interview: Director Tim Disney on Incarceration Laws in ‘American Violet’

16 April 2009 2:55 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In his third film, “American Violet,” director Tim Disney tackles the subject of unfair incarceration laws involving a poor African-American housing project in a rural Texas town. The uplifting drama is based on a true story and begins during the presidential election of 2000.

Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie) is a single mother of four children, barely getting by on a meager waitress job and help from her mother (Alfre Woodard). When her housing unit is raided by country drug law enforcement, Roberts is arrested as a drug dealer suspect, accused unfairly by a police informant.

Alfre Woodard as Alma Roberts and Nicole Beharie as Dee Roberts in ‘American Violet

Photo credit: Scott Saltzman, Samuel Goldwyn Films When an Aclu lawyer (Tim Blake Nelson) comes to town to take on the unjust laws that sweeps out and jails poor African Americans, it is Dee Roberts that steps up to take on »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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