Disney Legends

by christophershobris | created - 31 Oct 2016 | updated - 31 Oct 2016 | Public

1. Walt Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...

Obviously, he's the founder.

2. Alan Menken

Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast

New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid (1989), the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Arabian tale Aladdin (1992) or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from ...

Composed music for Disney during the Renaissance for films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Hunchback of Notre Dame 3 of them resulted in Oscar wins.

3. Ollie Johnston

Actor | The Iron Giant

Ollie Johnston was born on October 31, 1912 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Oliver Martin Johnston Jr. He is known for his work on The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004) and Mary Poppins (1964). He was married to Marie E. Johnston. He died on April 14, 2008 in Sequim, Washington, USA.

One of the famous animators known as the Nine Old Men.

4. Kathryn Beaumont

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Kathryn Beaumont was just ten years old when she was chosen for the voice of Alice, in Disney's animated version of the classic children's tale, Alice in Wonderland (1951). Walt Disney was so impressed with Kathryn's long curly blonde hair, sparkling eyes and acting ability, that he chose her as ...

Voiced Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Wendy in Peter Pan.

5. Lucille La Verne

Actress | A Tale of Two Cities

A legendary stage actress and character player in early films, Lucille La Verne is one of those forgotten legends who seem to fade as the years go on. However, at her prime she was one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation.

Lucille La Verne Mitchum was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on ...

Voice of the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

6. Robert Stevenson

Director | Mary Poppins

Robert Stevenson was born on March 31, 1905 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Robert Edward Stevenson. He was a director and writer, known for Mary Poppins (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and King Solomon's Mines (1937). He was married to Ursula Henderson, Frances Holyoke Howard, Anna Lee ...

Director of Mary Poppins, and That Darn Cat! along with many others.

7. Wolfgang Reitherman

Director | The AristoCats

Wolfgang Reitherman was a German-born American animator who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

He began working for Disney in 1933, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts.

Reitherman directed several Disney animated ...

Director of some famous animated films like The Jungle Book.

8. Frank Thomas

Actor | The Iron Giant

Frank Thomas was born on September 5, 1912 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004) and The AristoCats (1970). He was married to Jeanette A. Thomas. He died on September 8, 2004 in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

One of the Nine Old Men.

9. John Lounsbery

Animation_department | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

John Lounsbery was born on March 9, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as John Mitchell Lounsbery. He is known for his work on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), The Rescuers (1977) and Mary Poppins (1964). He was married to Florence Louise Hurd. He died on February 13, 1976 in Los Angeles, ...

One of the Nine Old Men.

10. Milt Kahl

Animation_department | Mary Poppins

Milt Kahl was born on March 22, 1909 in San Francisco, California, USA as Milton Erwin Kahl. He is known for his work on Mary Poppins (1964), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). He was married to Julia Jeneal Schmidt, Phyllis Bounds Detiege and Laura Marie Nordquist. ...

One of the Nine Old Men.

11. Eleanor Audley

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Eleanor Audley was born on November 19, 1905 in New York City, New York, USA as Eleanor Zellman. She was an actress, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), Cinderella (1950) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). She died on November 25, 1991 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

At the time she was considered of having the scariest voice in Hollywood when she voiced Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, and earlier with Lady Tremaine "Evil Stepmother" in Cinderella.

12. Verna Felton

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Verna Felton had extensive experience on the stage and in radio before she broke into film and television. Her trademarks was her distinctive husky voice and her no-nonsense attitude. She was quite in demand for voiceover work, as evidenced by her roles in Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (...

Voiced in Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty as Flora, and Aunt Sara in Lady and the Tramp.

13. Barbara Luddy

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Barbara Luddy was born on May 25, 1908 in Great Falls, Montana, USA. She was an actress, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). She died on April 1, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Voice of Meriwether in Sleeping Beauty, Kanga in Winnie the Pooh.

14. Bill Thompson

Actor | Peter Pan

Bill Thompson was born on July 8, 1913 in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA as William H. Thompson. He was an actor, known for Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). He was married to Mary Margaret McBride. He died on July 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Voiced Smee in Peter Pan among many other characters.

15. John Musker

Writer | Hercules

John Musker was born on November 8, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edward Musker. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Gale Warren since September 22, 1979. They have three children.

16. Howard Ashman

Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Howard Ashman moved to New York City in 1974 and began writing plays while working as an editor in a publishing house. His work attracted attention and he became WPA Theatre's artist director in 1977. In 1982, Ashman collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the ...

17. Joe Ranft

Writer | Toy Story

Joe Ranft was born on March 13, 1960 in Pasadena, California, USA as Joseph Henry Ranft. He was a writer and actor, known for Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998) and Toy Story 2 (1999). He was married to Sue Barry Ranft. He died on August 16, 2005 in Mendocino County, California.

18. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

19. Jeffrey Katzenberg

Producer | Shrek

Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on December 21, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and The Road to El Dorado (2000). He has been married to Marilyn Katzenberg since 1975. They have two children.

20. Michael Eisner

Producer | Glenn Martin DDS

For four decades, Michael Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry. He began his career at ABC, overseeing shows including Happy Days, Barney Miller, and Roots. He became president of Paramount Pictures in 1976, turning out hit films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, ...

21. Don Hahn

Producer | The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Don Hahn was born on November 26, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Donald Paul Hahn. He is a producer, known for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Maleficent (2014) and The Lion King (1994). He has been married to Denise Meara-Hahn since June 12, 1987. They have one child.

22. Andreas Deja

Animation_department | The Princess and the Frog

Andreas Deja was born on April 1, 1957 in Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland. He is known for his work on The Princess and the Frog (2009), Hercules (1997) and Aladdin (1992).

23. Pinto Colvig

Actor | Bozo's Circus

Pinto Colvig was the quintessential clown whose own identity was always hidden but whose innate warm-hearted character always came through his many talents. His humor tickled the funny bone and touched the heart. Incredibly gifted in music, art and mime, he spoke to different generations in ...

24. Roy Edward Disney

Producer | Fantasia 2000

Roy Edward Disney began working for the Walt Disney Company as an assistant film editor on the True-Life Adventure film in 1954. In 1967, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the company. In 1984, he returned to the company as vice chairman of the board, and head of the animation department....

25. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

26. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

27. Dean Jones

Actor | The Love Bug

Dean Jones was born on Sunday, January 25th, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama, USA as Dean Carroll Jones. He is an actor, best known for Beethoven (1992) , The Love Bug (1968), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and especially St. John in Exile (1986). He has two daughters from his first marriage to Mae ...

28. Hayley Mills

Actress | Pollyanna

Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in London, England, on Thursday, April 18th, 1946, she is the daughter of the great actor Sir John Mills and the well-known novelist-playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny ...

29. Roddy McDowall

Actor | Fright Night

Roddy McDowall was born in Herne Hill, London, England, to Winifriede Lucinda (Corcoran), an Irish-born aspiring actress, and Thomas Andrew McDowall, a merchant seaman. Roddy was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), ...

30. Idina Menzel

Actress | Frozen

Idina Menzel was born on May 30, 1971 in Syosset, New York, USA as Idina Kim Mentzel. She is an actress, known for Frozen (2013), Rent (2005) and Enchanted (2007). She has been married to Aaron Lohr since September 2017. She was previously married to Taye Diggs.

Voice of Elsa from Frozen. She became known for the song "Let It Go."

31. Jodi Benson

Actress | The Little Mermaid

Jodi Benson, a native of Rockford, Illinois, has received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the voice of Ariel in the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid (1989), as well as the bubbly voice of Tour Guide Barbie in Disney's Toy Story 2 (1999), ...

Voiced Ariel, and Barbie in The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story 2, and 3.

32. Paige O'Hara

Actress | Beauty and the Beast

Paige O'Hara was born on May 10, 1956 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA as Donna Paige Helmintoller. She is an actress, known for Beauty and the Beast (1991), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Enchanted (2007). She has been married to Michael Piontek since 1995.

Voiced Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

33. Moira Kelly

Actress | One Tree Hill

Born March 6, 1968 in Queens, New York, she is the third of six kids. Her father, Peter, was trained as a concert violinist. Her mother, Anne, is a nurse. Both are Irish immigrants. Moira was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. She attended Connetquot Senior High School and graduated in the class of 1986. ...

A consistent voice actress who voiced Nala from the Lion King and did so from the original to everything else involving Nala. She stopped voicing Nala when Gabrielle Union took over in The Lion Guard.

34. John Ratzenberger

Actor | Cheers

John started the improvisational comedy group, "Sal's Meat Market", in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, "The Downtown Cabaret". Coincidentally, he was a friend of Susan...

Has voiced in every Pixar films including some famous characters like Hamm, P.T. Flea, and The Abominable Snowman.

35. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

36. Lee Unkrich

Editor | Coco

Lee Unkrich is an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios. He most recently directed Disney.Pixar's critically-acclaimed "Coco", which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.

As the director of Disney.Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Lee was also awarded an ...

Director of Up, and Toy Story 3

37. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

Director of Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Finding Dory.

38. Don Knotts

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century.

His first stint as an...

Famous comedy duet with Tim Conway. He has been in The Apple Dumpling Gang.

39. Tim Conway

Actor | 30 Rock

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started writing and performing comedy skits between morning ...

40. Ernie Sabella

Actor | The Lion King

Ernie Sabella was born on September 19, 1949 in Westchester, New York, USA as Ernest Sabella. He is an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Mousehunt (1997) and Timon & Pumbaa (1995). He is married to Cheryl.

The continuous voice actor for Pumbaa from The Lion King. He has voiced him since the first film to the most recent involvement The Lion Guard. He is the only actor from the original cast who still is voicing his character in this case Pumbaa.

41. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

Voice of Woody in the Toy Story franchise. He also played as Walt Disney in 2013's Saving Mr. Banks.

42. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

Director of some of Pixar's best films including The Incredibles, and Ratatouille.

43. Sterling Holloway

Actor | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Popular American character actor of amusing appearance and voice whose long career led from dozens of highly enjoyable onscreen performances to world-wide familiarity as the voice of numerous Walt Disney animated films. Born in the American Deep South to grocer Sterling P. Holloway Sr. and Rebecca ...

Voice actor for Pooh in Winnie the Pooh, The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Kaa in The Jungle Book, and the stork in Dumbo and the short Lambert the Sheepish Lion.

44. Sebastian Cabot

Actor | The Jungle Book

Sebastian Cabot was born on July 6, 1918 in London, England as Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot. He was an actor, known for The Jungle Book (1967), The Time Machine (1960) and The Sword in the Stone (1963). He was married to Kathleen Rose Humphreys. He died on August 22, 1977 in North Saanich, ...

45. Phil Harris

Actor | The Jungle Book

A bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing among the comedian Jack Benny's radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice ...

46. Pat Buttram

Actor | Robin Hood

The son of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in rural Alabama, Pat Buttram became one of America's best-known comic entertainers. He left Alabama a month before his 18th birthday to attend the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. An announcer from radio station WLS was on hand to interview members of the ...

47. Kurt Russell

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child on television series, including a lead role on the Western ...

48. Raven-Symoné

Actress | That's So Raven

Raven-Symoné Pearman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman. At a young age, she moved to New York. While there Raven signed with the Ford Modeling Agency. They sent her out on a audition for a movie called Ghost Dad (1990), which also starred the legendary Bill ...

49. John Fiedler

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Typical of busy character actors, Fiedler made his face (and voice) recognizable to millions. Many know the bald-pated Fiedler as therapy patient "Mr. Peterson" on The Bob Newhart Show (1972); others might first recognize him for the 1968 movie, The Odd Couple (1968), and spin-off TV show, The Odd ...

50. Paul Winchell

Actor | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Born Paul Wilchinsky on December 21, 1922, the son of Sol and Clara Wilchinsky, Paul Winchell grew up to be the most beloved ventriloquist of American children. Ironically, as famous as Paul was, his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, was probably more famous. Not since Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in the ...



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