RIP: Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse’s voice)

TV News | May 21st, 2009

Wayne Allwine has passed away at the age of 62, of complications from diabetes. Wayne was the voice of Mickey Mouse for over 30 years and who dedicated his life to Disney. Wayne’s wife, Russi Taylor was by his side when he died. It’s weird because she’s the voice of Minnie Mouse! Was the voice of Goofy there too? All kidding aside, his Mickey Mouse voice is the one I grew up on as I watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol every Xmas time.

“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.”
[Yahoo/AP]

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