Disney Legends

by aemelnick | created - 19 Aug 2015 | updated - 08 Sep 2017 | Public

The Disney Legends program honors "animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors, and business leaders as having made a significant impact on the Disney legacy."

[A few Legends aren't listed because they don't have IMDb entries.]

1. Fred MacMurray

Actor | Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray was likely the most underrated actor of his generation. True, his earliest work is mostly dismissed as pedestrian, but no other actor working in the 1940s and 50s was able to score so supremely whenever cast against type.

Frederick Martin MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to ...

2. Virginia Davis

Actress | Three on a Match

Virginia Davis was born on December 31, 1918, in Kansas City, Missouri. Her father was a traveling furniture salesman and spent much time away from home. With her husband gone for weeks at a time, Margaret Davis, a housewife, focused all her attention on her daughter; she began taking Virginia to ...

3. Les Clark

Animation_department | Lady and the Tramp

Les Clark was born on November 17, 1907 in Utah, USA as Leslie James Clark. He is known for his work on Lady and the Tramp (1955), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). He was married to Georgia Vester and Miriam Lauritzen. He died on September 12, 1979 in Santa Barbara...

4. Marc Davis

Animation_department | Sleeping Beauty

Marc Davis was born on March 30, 1913 in Bakersfield, California, USA as Marc Fraser Davis. He is known for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959), Cinderella (1950) and Peter Pan (1953). He was married to Alice Davis and Marion Davis. He died on January 12, 2000 in Glendale, California.

5. Ub Iwerks

Visual_effects | The Birds

Ub Iwerks worked as a commercial artist in Kansas City in 1919 when he met Walt Disney who was in the same profession. When Disney decided to form an animation company, Ub Iwerks was the first employee he had due to his skill at fast drawing as well as being a personal friend.

When Charles Mintz ...

6. Ollie Johnston

Actor | The Incredibles

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 Incredibles (2004), The Iron Giant (1999) and Mary Poppins (1964). He was married to Marie E. Johnston. He died on April 14, 2008 in Sequim, Washington, USA.

7. 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), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He was married to Julia Jeneal Schmidt, Phyllis Bounds Detiege and Laura Marie ...

8. Ward Kimball

Director | It's Tough to Be a Bird

Ward Kimball joined Disney Studios in 1934 as an animator. He eventually became involved in all aspects of animation production, most notably as the designer of Jiminy Cricket for the film "Pinocchio." He was also responsible for the redesign of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney recognized Kimball's ...

9. Eric Larson

Animation_department | Mary Poppins

Eric Cleon Larson was born on September 3, 1905 in Cleveland, Utah, to Peter and Nora Larson. In 1915 his family moved to Salt Lake City, where he became interested in journalism and also secretly took drawing lessons. In 1925, he entered the University of Utah, later moving to Los Angeles to look ...

10. 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, ...

11. 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 ...

12. Frank Thomas

Actor | The Incredibles

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

13. Roger Broggie

Self | Dead Men Tell No Tales: The History of the Attraction

Roger Broggie was born on April 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Roger Broggie Jr. He was married to Marilyn. He died on December 11, 2012 in Bend, Oregon, USA.

14. John Hench

Special_effects | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

John Hench was born on June 29, 1908 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Cinderella (1950) and Dumbo (1941). He was married to Lowry Hench. He died on February 5, 2004 in Burbank, California, USA.

16. Herbert Ryman

Art_director | Dumbo

Herbert "Herb" Dickens Ryman was an artists who worked in watercolor, oils, and pen & ink sketches. He was a personal friend of Walt Disney and was called upon to help the Walt Disney Studios on many special projects over a five decade span. Ryman went to work for Disney in 1938 when such ...

17. Richard M. Sherman

Music_department | Mary Poppins

Richard Morton Sherman was born in the spring of 1928 in New York City to Rosa and Al Sherman. Together with his older brother, Robert B. Sherman, the Sherman brothers would follow in their songwriting father's footsteps to form one of the most prolific, lauded and long lasting songwriting ...

18. Robert B. Sherman

Soundtrack | The Jungle Book

Robert B. Sherman was born just before Christmas in 1925 in New York City. Parents, Rosa & Al Sherman didn't know how they would pay the doctor and delivery costs. Fortunately, upon their arrival home from the hospital, Al discovered a large royalty check in the mail. Ironically, it was Al's song, ...

19. Ken Anderson

Writer | Cinderella

Ken Anderson was born on March 17, 1909 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Kenneth Bliss Anderson. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Robin Hood (1973) and The Jungle Book (1967). He was married to Polly Anderson. He died on December 13, 1993 in La Cañada Flintridge, California, USA.

20. 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...

21. Carl Barks

Writer | è solo questione di punti di vista

As the creator of 'Scrooge McDuck', Carl Barks did more than any other comic book artist to widen the popularity of Donald Duck, bringing in the process a vast array of memorable supporting characters into the Disney universe, among them Uncle Scrooge himself, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose (and ...

22. Mary Blair

Animation_department | Cinderella

Mary Blair was born on October 21, 1911 in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA as Mary Robinson. She is known for her work on Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). She was married to Lee Blair. She died on July 26, 1978 in Soquel, California, USA.

23. Claude Coats

Animation_department | Lady and the Tramp

Claude Coats was born on January 17, 1913 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on Lady and the Tramp (1955), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Cinderella (1950). He died on January 9, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.

25. 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 ...

26. Fess Parker

Actor | The Great Locomotive Chase

A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied drama in the early fifties and debuted in Springfield Rifle (1952). He made only a handful of movies until he was signed by Walt Disney to star in the "Davy Crockett" series. When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of ...

27. Bill Walsh

Producer | Mary Poppins

Bill Walsh was born in New York to immigrant parents (father from Canada, mother from Ireland). In his teen years he lived with relatives in Cincinnati, OH, and later attended the University of Cincinnati. In 1933 he joined the stock touring company of husband / wife team Barbara Stanwyck and Frank...

28. Jimmie Dodd

Actor | Thundering Trails

Composer, songwriter ("Mickey Mouse March"), actor, singer, guitarist and conductor, Jimmie Dodd was educated at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Conservatory and Vanderbilt University. He began his career in 1933 as a guitarist and singer on radio, coming to Hollywood in 1937 to play ...

29. Annette Funicello

Actress | Muscle Beach Party

Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ...

30. Joe Grant

Writer | Fantasia

Joe Grant was born on May 15, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Pocahontas (1995). He was married to Jenny Grant. He died on May 6, 2005 in Glendale, California, USA.

32. Winston Hibler

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Songwriter ("A Boy Is a Curious Thing"), auhor, director, producer and actor, educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Between 1928 and 1938 he was a Broadway stage actor and appeared in several films, and from 1938 to 1942 he was a writer for radio, films and stage productions, and later...

33. Kendall O'Connor

Animation_department | Lady and the Tramp

Kendall O'Connor was born on June 7, 1908 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia as Arthur Kendall O'Connor. He is known for his work on Lady and the Tramp (1955), Cinderella (1950) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He was married to Mary Alice O'Connor. He died on May 27, 1998 in Burbank...

34. Roy Williams

Under the Yum Yum Tree

Roy Williams, best known as "Roy" on The Mickey Mouse Club (1955), was born Joseph Roy Williams in Colville, Washington, on July 30, 1907. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1920 after his father died and lived with his grandmother. In 1925 he was hired by the animation studio Hyperion Studios, ...

35. 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 ...

36. Buddy Ebsen

Actor | The Beverly Hillbillies

Buddy Ebsen began his career as a dancer in the late 1920s in a Broadway chorus. He later formed a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, which also appeared on Broadway. In 1935 he and his sister went to Hollywood, where they were signed for the first of MGM's Eleanor Powell movies, Broadway ...

37. Peter Ellenshaw

Special_effects | Mary Poppins

Peter Ellenshaw was born on May 24, 1913 in London, England as William Samuel Cook Ellenshaw. He is known for his work on Mary Poppins (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). He was married to Jessie Ruth "Bobbie" Palmer. He died on February 12, 2007 in ...

38. Blaine Gibson

Animation_department | Sleeping Beauty

Blaine Gibson was born on February 11, 1918 in Rocky Ford, Colorado, USA as Ira Blaine Gibson. He is known for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Coral Estelle Comstock. He died on July 5, 2015 in Montecito, California, USA.

39. Harper Goff

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Harper Goff was born on March 16, 1911 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA as Ralph Goff. He is known for his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and The Vikings (1958). He died on March 3, 1993 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

40. Irving Ludwig

Self | The Fantasia Legacy: The Concert Feature

Irving Ludwig was born on November 3, 1910 in Luck, Poland, Russian Empire. He was married to Helen Ludwig. He died on November 26, 2005 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

41. James MacDonald

Actor | Cinderella

James MacDonald was born on May 19, 1906 in Dundee, Dundee City, Scotland as John James MacDonald. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Mary Poppins (1964) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Sarah Roberta Cullen. He died on February 1, 1991 in Glendale, California, USA.

42. Clarence Nash

Actor | The Three Caballeros

He began imitating birds and various barnyard animals as a child growing up in Watonga, Oklahoma. In his teens his family moved to Southern California where he got a promotional job with a dairy company and in between jobs performed animal imitations at various Los Angeles schools. In 1934 hearing ...

43. E. Cardon Walker

Self | The Wonderful World of Disney

E. Cardon Walker was born on January 9, 1916 in Rexburg, Idaho, USA as Esmond Cardon Walker. He was married to Winifred (Winnie) Louise Watkins and Betty Palmer Oake. He died on November 28, 2005 in La Cañada Flintridge, California, USA.

44. Adriana Caselotti

Self | The Julie Andrews Hour

Adriana was born into an operatic family - her father Guido, an immigrant from Italy, taught music in New York City, her mother Maria (from Naples) sang at the Royal Opera, and a sister Louise was a noted opera singer and voice teacher. She was 18 when Walt Disney personally chose her for the voice...

45. William Cottrell

Director | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

William Cottrell was born on November 19, 1906. He is known for his work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Hazel Sewell. He died on December 22, 1995 in Burbank, California, USA.

46. Marvin Aubrey Davis

Art_director | Disneyland

Joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1953 and was intimately involved in the design of Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.

47. David Hand

Director | Bambi

David Hand was born on January 23, 1900 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as David Dodd Hand. He is known for his work on Bambi (1942), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Wales (1948). He died on October 11, 1986 in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

48. Paul J. Smith

Composer | Pinocchio

Paul was the son of J.J. Smith, who was a professor at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho in the early 1900's. It was a very musical family. Father J J composed a number of songs for the College. Paul became music director for Disney. His brother Arthur also became a studio musician and played...

49. Frank Wells

Frank Wells was born on March 4, 1932 in San Diego, California, USA. He died on April 3, 1994 in Lamoille, Nevada, USA.

50. Wally Boag

Actor | The Absent Minded Professor

Wally Boag was born on September 13, 1920 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Wallace Vincent Boag. He was an actor, known for The Absent Minded Professor (1961), The Love Bug (1968) and The Magical World of Disney (1954). He was married to Frances Ellen Morgan. He died on June 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, ...

51. Fulton Burley

Soundtrack | Gnomeo & Juliet

Fulton Burley was born on June 12, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Francis Fulton Burley. He was an actor, known for Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), The Magical World of Disney (1954) and The Disney Family Album (1984). He was married to Terry. He died on May 7, 2007 in Carlsbad, California, USA.

52. 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 ...

53. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

54. Fred Moore

Animation_department | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Fred Moore was born on September 7, 1911 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Fred Moore. He is known for his work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950) and Peter Pan (1953). He died on November 25, 1952 in Burbank, California.

55. Thurl Ravenscroft

Actor | The AristoCats

Born in 1914, raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, Thurl Ravenscroft served as a navigator in the US Army Air Transport Command in World War II before settling in Hollywood. An accomplished singer, he performed with The Sportsmen Quartet, The Mellomen, The Johnny Mann Singers, and many major stars, ...

56. Wathel Rogers

Visual_effects | Disneyland

Wathel Rogers was born on June 29, 1919 in Kit Carson, Colorado, USA. He is known for his work on The Magical World of Disney (1954) and Cosmic Capers (1957). He died on August 25, 2000 in Arizona, USA.

57. Betty Taylor

Costume_department | The Prescott Kid

Betty Taylor was born on October 7, 1919 in Seattle, Washington, USA. She is known for her work on The Prescott Kid (1934), Vengeance Is Mine (1949) and Burlesque in Harlem (1954). She was married to Paul Brewer. She died on June 4, 2011 in Coupeville, Washington.

58. Rex Allen

Soundtrack | Tomorrowland

Rex Allen started out as a singer in vaudeville, and sang on numerous radio shows before hooking up with a traveling rodeo show. He signed with Republic Pictures and became a popular singing cowboy, and was often paired with sidekick Slim Pickens. He starred in his own western TV series, Frontier ...

59. Xavier Atencio

Soundtrack | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Xavier Atencio was born on September 4, 1919 in Walsenburg, Colorado, USA as Francis Xavier Atencio. He was married to Maureen Sheedy. He died on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

60. Betty Lou Gerson

Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Betty Lou Gerson was born on April 20, 1914 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Cinderella (1950) and Cats Don't Dance (1997). She was married to Louis R Lauria and Joe Ainley. She died on January 12, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, ...

61. Bill Justice

Mary Poppins

Bill Justice graduated as a portrait painter from the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis in 1935. He joined the Disney Organisation two years later, after moving to California. Highlights of his 42-year long career with Walt Disney as director/animator include bringing to life the characters...

63. Bill Peet

Writer | Cinderella

Started career as greeting-card company artist in Dayton, Ohio. Attracted to Disney by newspaper ad for artists. Early on, drew Donald Duck cartoons, then "Pinocchio"

64. Roberto De Leonardis

Writer | Giù la testa

Screenwriter who wrote the dialogue for the Italian dubbed versions of many films; especially acclaimed for his work adapting the films of Disney.

65. James Algar

Director | The Living Desert

James Algar studied at Stanford where he developed his skills as a cartoonist by drawing for the university's satirical magazine, The Chaparral. He joined the Disney Organisation in 1934, initially as animator. He directed the classic "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia (1940), as well as ...

66. Buddy Baker

Composer | The Fox and the Hound

Buddy Baker was born on January 4, 1918 in Springfield, Missouri, USA as Norman Dale Baker. He is known for his work on The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Haunted Mansion (2003) and Inside Out (2015). He was married to Charlotte and B.J. Baker. He died on July 26, 2002 in Sherman Oaks, California, ...

67. 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 ...

68. 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....

69. Wilfred Jackson

Director | Cinderella

Wilfred Jackson was born on January 24, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Wilfred Emmons Jackson. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Peter Pan (1953). He died on August 7, 1988 in Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California, USA.

70. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Husky voiced Glynis is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing ...

71. Paul Kenworthy

Cinematographer | Perri

Paul Kenworthy was born on February 14, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Norman Paul Kenworthy Jr. He is known for his work on Perri (1957), Jaws 3-D (1983) and One from the Heart (1981). He died on October 15, 2010 in Ventura, California, USA.

72. Larry Lansburgh

Director | Cow Dog

Larry Lansburgh was born on May 18, 1911 in San Francisco, California, USA as Lawrence Muzzy Lansburgh. He was a director and producer, known for Cow Dog (1956), The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960) and The Wetback Hound (1957). He was married to Olive and Janet Martin. He died on March 25, 2001 ...

73. 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 ...

74. Alfred Milotte

Cinematographer | The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures

Alfred Milotte was born on November 24, 1904 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures (1975), The African Lion (1955) and Seal Island (1948). He was married to Elma Milotte. He died on April 24, 1989 in Pierce County, Washington, USA.

75. Elma Milotte

Cinematographer | The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures

Elma Milotte was born on July 1, 1907 in Alaska, USA. She is known for her work on The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures (1975), The African Lion (1955) and Nature's Strangest Creatures (1959). She was married to Alfred Milotte. She died in April 1989 in Pierce County, Washington, USA.

76. Norman R. Palmer

Editor | Disneyland

Sister: costume designer, Adele Palmer

78. 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 ...

79. Ben Sharpsteen

Director | Dumbo

Ben Sharpsteen was born on November 4, 1895 as Benjamin Sharpsteen. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Pinocchio (1940) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He died on December 20, 1980 in Sonoma County, California, USA.

80. Bill Tytla

Animation_department | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Often cited as one of the greatest animators of all time, Vladimir 'Bill' Tytla was born of Ukrainian immigrant parentage in Yonkers, New York, in October 1904. His close-knit family strongly supported his artistic inclinations. By the tender age of nine he had become set on his course after ...

81. 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 ...

82. Tim Allen

Actor | Toy Story

Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...

83. Mary Costa

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Mary Costa was born on April 5, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Great Waltz (1972) and The Merry Widow (1968). She was previously married to Frank Tashlin.

84. Norman Ferguson

Director | Dumbo

Norman Ferguson was born on September 2, 1902 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as William Norman Ferguson. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Pinocchio (1940) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He was married to Gladys F. He died on November 4, 1957 in Los Angeles, ...

85. William E. Garity

Sound_department | Fantasia

Key figure in the invention and development of one of the earliest stereophonic sound systems, "Fantasound," for Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940).

86. Yale Gracey

Art_director | Fantasia

Yale Gracey was a Disney Imagineer, writer, and layout artist for many Disney animated shorts and full-length features, including classics such as "The Three Caballeros" and "Fantasia". Gracey joined the company in 1939 as a layout artist for "Pinocchio".

By 1961, through years of hands-on ...

87. Hamilton Luske

Director | Cinderella

Hamilton Luske was born on October 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Hamilton Luton Luske. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Pinocchio (1940) and Mary Poppins (1964). He died on February 19, 1968 in Bel Air, California, USA.

88. Dick Nunis

Self | The Imagineering Story

Inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Hall of Fame in 2007.

90. Harriet Burns

Set_decorator | The Mickey Mouse Club

Harriet Burns was born on August 20, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Harriet Tapp. She was a set decorator, known for The Mickey Mouse Club (1955), The Magical World of Disney (1954) and The Wonderful World of Disney (1995). She was married to William Burns. She died on July 25, 2008 in Santa ...

92. Cliff Edwards

Actor | His Girl Friday

Becoming popular with playing the ukulele, his unique singing and supplying the voice of animated movies, Cliff Edwards was one of the most popular singers in America.

Born in Hannibal, Missouri, Edwards left school at the age of 14, moved to St. Louis, and started to work as a singer in saloons. ...

93. Becky Fallberg

Animation_department | The Black Cauldron

94. Dickie Jones

Soundtrack | Avengers: Age of Ultron

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper. At the age of six, ...

95. Dodie Roberts

Animation_department | The Black Cauldron

96. Retta Scott

Animation_department | Bambi

Rhetta Scott is historically an important person because she was Disney's first female animator. She was hired because only she had the skills & talent to animate the vicious dogpack chase scene for 'Bambi.' The dogs needed to be frighteningly realistic. Marc Davis is quoted in his "The Making of ...

97. Ruth Tompson

Animation_department | The Lord of the Rings

Ruth Tompson was born on July 22, 1910 in Portland, Maine, USA as Ruth Irene Tompson. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings (1978), Metamorphoses (1978) and Popeye the Sailor (1960).

98. 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 ...

99. Bob Broughton

Visual_effects | TRON

Bob Broughton was born on September 17, 1917 in Berkeley, California, USA as Robert C. Broughton. He is known for his work on TRON (1982), The Black Hole (1979) and The Watcher in the Woods (1980). He was married to June Chestnut. He died on January 19, 2009 in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

100. George Bruns

Soundtrack | Babes in Toyland

Born in Oregon in 1914, George Bruns was the son of a sawmill worker. He took music lessons as a child, becoming proficient on the piano, tuba and trombone. He attended Oregon State Agricultural College, and in order to pay tuition he played in the ROTC band. Deciding on a musical career, he left ...



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