class of 2000
Grace Bailey-(Animation-awarded posthumously) Elizabeth Grace Randall was born January 1, 1904 in Willoughby, Ohio. In the 1920s she worked as an the animated Out of the Inkwell series. After moving to California she worked making custom lampshade before applying to Disney Studios in the Ink and Paint Department. Grace worked as a painting supervisor and later inking supervisor. In 1954 Grace was given a promotion to head of the Ink and Paint Department which she held until her retirement in 1972. Grace passed away August 23, 1983 in Florida.
Harriet Burns-(Imagineering) Harriet Tapp was born August 20, 1928 in San Antonia, Texas. In 1953 Harriet and her husband William Burns moved to Los Angeles with their young daughter. Harriet started working at Disney Studios in 1955 as a prop and Set painter for the Mickey Mouse Club. She became the first woman to work in WED (the current Walt Disney Imagineering). Harriet helped work on miniature prototypes of Disneyland buildings and attractions. Originally this department was only made up of herself, Fred Jeerer and Wathel Rogers. Harriet also worked as a “figure-finisher” which was applying paint and other finishes to attractions and mannequins. Some attractions she worked on were: Submarine Voyage, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Haunted Mansion. Harriet also worked on the 1964 World’s Fair projects. She retired in 1986 and was honored with the window on Main Street in 1992 (the first woman) “The Artisans Loft, Handmade Miniatures by Harriet Burns.” Harriet passed away from complications of a heart condition on July 25, 2008 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles.
Joyce Carlson- (Animation, Imagineering) Joyce Carlson was born March 16, 1923 in Racine, Wisconsin. She started working at Walt Disney Productions in 1944 delivering coffee, mail, and office supplies. A few months later she created a pen-and-ink portfolio and was hired in the Ink and Paint Department. Joyce first worked on training films during World War II but later moved to features and worked in that area for 16 years. In 1960 ink artists were no longer needed to Joyce began working as a designer for WED. She was one of the artists sent to New York to work on the World’s Fair projects specifically It’s a Small World, she is credited as creating many of the singing dolls. Joyce retired in 2000 but worked part time until 2006 and continued to be a mention Imagineer until 2007. The same year she became a legend she was given a window on Main Street at Disney World “Dolls by Miss Joyce, Dollmaker for the World.” She passed away from cancer on January 2, 2008 at the age of 84.
Ron Dominguez-(Parks & Resorts) Ron Dominguez was born August 19, 1935 in Anaheim, California. His family owned 10 acres of orange groves that Disneyland was built on. A few days before Disneyland opened he took a summer job as a ticket taker. Ron stayed on and within a year he had been trained on every attraction and was named temporary supervisor of Main Street, USA. In 1957 he became assistant supervisor of Frontierland and later supervisor of Adventureland then Frontierland then in 1962 supervisor of Tomorrowland. Later in 1962 he was named supervisor of the west side of the park and then named its manager. Ron became director of operations in 1970 and in 1974 he became vice president of Disneyland. In 1990 he became executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, West Coast. In August of 1994 he retired after 39 years of service.
Cliff Edwards-(Animation-Voice-awarded posthumously) Clifton “Cliff” Edwards was born June 14, 1895 in Hannibal, Missouri. He was known as “Ukulele Ike” and was a popular singer and voice actor in the 1920s and 1930s. Cliff was a popular singer until the country’s tastes switched to Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. He is best known as the voice on Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. Cliff also voiced the head crow in Dumbo. For most of his life Cliff battled a drug and alcohol addiction, due to his spending Cliff died without any money. Cliff died of arteriosclerosis on July 17, 1971 at the age of 76.
Becky Fallberg-(Animation) Becky Fallberg was born June 10, 1923 in Los Angeles. In 1942 a year after finishing high school she joined Disney Studios working as a telephone operator. Within a few months she moved to painting and worked on the animated training films for World War II. In 1943 she moved to the animation department and worked as Johnny Bond’s assistant. Becky became a blue sketch artist in 1947. In 1950 Becky returned to the Ink and Paint Department as a paint matcher and then final checker. During the 1960s and 70s she worked in the Xerox Camera Department then Educational Films Department. In 1975 she was named manager of the Ink and Paint Department until 1986 when she retired after 45 years of service. Becky passed away October 9, 2007.
Dick Jones-(Animation-Voice) Richard “Dick” Jones was born February 25, 1927 in Snyder, Texas. As a child Dick started acting in Westerns and on TV. in 1940 he was the voice of Pinocchio. Dick continued to act in both movies and TV until 1965. He passed away after complications from a fall on July 7, 2014 at the age of 87.
Dodie Roberts-(Animation) Dodie Roberts was born August 12, 1919 in Plainview, Nebraska. After college she moved to California and was invited by a friend to visit the studio. In 1939 she joined the studio as a runner delivering paint to inkers and painters. Dodie was soon promoted to mixing colors. In 1972 she became supervisor of her department and oversaw 8 employees and 500 different colors. In 1984 Dodie retired after 45 years of service. She later help found the Disney Golden Ear Retirement Club for former employees. Dodie passed away February 11, 2008.
Retta Scott-(Animation-awarded posthumously) Retta Scott was born February 23, 916 in Omak, Washington. She was the first woman to receive screen credit as an animator at Disney Studios. Retta was hired in 1938 by the story department. Retta’s sketches caught the eye of Walt who gave her an position to work under David D Hand who was working on Bambi. She worked on features for several years till after the strike when she was let do due to downsizing in 1941 but was rehired in 1941. Retta chose to leave the studio in 1946 and moved to the East Coast where she worked as a freelance artist. Retta passed away August 26, 1990 in California.
Ruthie Thompson-(Animation) Ruthie Thompson was born July 22, 1910 in Portland, Maine but was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Her family moved to California in 1918. The rest of her childhood was spend in Hollywood not far from the Disney Studios. Walt met Ruthie while she was working at Dubrock’s Riding Academy and offered her a job. She first worked in the Ink and Paint Department as a painter then as a final checker. In 1948 Ruthie was transferred to animation checking and scene planning. Then in 1952 she was one of the first women invited to join the International Photographers Union, Local 659. Ruthie retired in 1975 after 40 years with the company.
class of 2001
Howard Ashman-(Music-awarded posthumously) Howard Ashman was born May 17, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland. After finishing his masters degree he spent 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer. He then became artistic director at the WPA Theater in New York. He first started working with Alan Menken in 1979. In 1986 he first worked for Disney with Oliver & Company and was told about The Little Mermaid, he and Alan wrote all the music and lyrics for the movie. The pair next worked on Aladdin then Beauty and the Beast. In 1988 while working on The Little Mermaid Howard found he he had AIDS. He kept this a secret until he started work on Beauty and the Beast since his health was seriously declining and he had to work from home. Howard passed away March 14, 1991 at the age of 40. Beauty and the Beast was dedicated to him. Howard and Alan won 2 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and 2 Academy Awards for their work together.
Bob Broughton-(Film) Bob Broughton was born September 17, 1917 in Berklee, California. He started working for Disney in 1937 in the mail department before he began working with cameras. Bob had worked on every movie from Snow White in 1937 to The Black Hole in 1979. He retired in 1982 and worked as the coordinator for the Golden ‘Ears Retirement Club for 15 years. Bob passed away January 19, 2009 at the age of 91 in Minnesota.
George Bruns-(Music-awarded posthumously) George Bruns was born July 3, 1914 in Sandy, Oregon. He was a composer for film and TV. George was also a musician who played the trombone, tuba, and string bass. In 1953 he was hired as the Disney Studios music director and he held the position until his retirement in 1976 but he continued to work on Disney projects. Among his most popular work is “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” which he co-wrote with Xavier “X” Atencio, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” that he co-wrote with Tom W. Blackburn, and “Love” from Robin Hood. George died of a heart attack onMay 23, 1983 in Portland, Oregon.
Frank Churchill-(Music-awarded posthumously) Frank Churchill was born October 20, 1091 in Rumford, Maine. He began playing piano at movie theaters when he was 15 years old. In 1930 he began working for Disney and wrote “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from The Three Little Pigs. In 1937 he wrote the score for Snow White and then became music supervisor at the studio. He worked there until he committed suicide on May 14, 1942. Some people suggest he took his life after a fight with Walt but those closest to him say it was due to him depression and heavy drinking following the death of 2 friends earlier in the year.
Leigh Harline- (Music-awarded posthumously) Leigh Harline was born March 26, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah the youngest of 13 siblings. His parents were friend Sweden but moved to Utah to be a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After college Leigh moved to California and was hired to score music for the Silly Symphonies. He then worked on Snow White with Frank Churchill, Paul Smith, and Larry Morey. Leigh also worked on Pinocchio then left the studio in 1941. He passed away from throat cancer December 10, 1969 in California.
Fred Joerger-(Imagineering) Fred Joerger was born December 21, 1913 in Pekin, Illinois. After college he moved to California and word for Warner Brothers building movie sets. In 1953 he was hired by Disney and began working on material for Disneyland. Fred worked on many of the attractions as well as sets and props for movies. He also worked on the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. In 1979 after 25 years of service he retired. Fred returned in 1982 as field art director for EPCOT. He passed away August 26, 2005 in California.
Alan Menken-(Music) Alan Menken was born July 22, 1949 in New York City. He is a film composer and pianist, he worked on musicals before working on films. Alan is best known for his work with Disney. Alan has 8 Academy Awards for his work on: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. Other Disney movies he has worked on include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Newsies, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangles, and The Shaggy Dog. He will be working on the score for the live action Beauty and the Beast which is due to be released in 2017.
Martin Sklar-(Imagineering) Martin “Marty” Sklar was born February 6, 1934 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was a journalism major and started covering Disneyland shortly before it’s opening. In 1956 he joined Disney working on Disneyland’s publicity and marketing materials. In 1961 he moved to WED and helped work on the World’s Fair Attractions. In 1974 he became vice president of concepts/planning. In 2006 Martin became International Ambassador for Disney Imagineering. Martin retired in 2009 and was given a window on Main Street in Disneyland. He wrote an autobiography Dream It! Do It!
Ned Washington-(Music-awarded posthumously) Ned Washington was born August 15, 1901 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His first popular song was “Singin’ in the Bathtub” in 1929. Ned worked on songs for two Disney movies Dumbo and Pinocchio. He continued to write songs until 1961. Ned passed away December 20, 1976 in California.
Tyrus Wong-(Animation) Tyrus Wong was born October 25, 1910 in China. In 1920 Tyrus and his father emigrated to the US and never saw his mother and sister again. After finishing at Otis Art Institute he worked as a greeting card illustrator and then at Warner Brother Studios. In 1938 he came to Disney as a sketch artist until 1941 when he started working on Bambi. Tyrus left the studio after the movie was finished because of the strike and went on to work for Hallmark. Tyrus retired in 1968. He passed away at age 106 December 30, 2016 in California.
class of 2002- The ceremony was held at the Animation building at the new Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris and all Legends are of European origin.
Ken Annakin-(Film) Ken Annakin was born in Beverley, England on August 10, 1914. At 22 he left England to travel the world and his career took off during World War II when he directed training and documentary films. In 1947 he made his directorial debut with Holiday Camp. In 1954 he made his first movie for Disney The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. He made 3 other movies for Disney including: The Sword and the Rose, Swiss Family Robinson, and Third Man on the Mountain. At the time of it’s filming Swiss Family Robinson cost over 4 million dollars to film. In 2001 Ken published his autobiography So You Wanna Be a Director? Ken passed away April 22, 2009 in California.
Hugh Attwooll-(Film- awarded posthumously) High Attwooll was born in Scotland in 1914. He was 14 years old when he began working as a “gopher” during his breaks in school. Later he acted as a “runner” then camera assistant. His film career was interrupted by World War II when he became a lieutenant colonel in the London Scottish Regiment. After the war he joined Gainsborough Studios then went to Hollywood for five months to work for RKO. When he returned to England he went to work at Pinewood Studios and was approached to work on the 1959 Disney movie Kidnapped. He continued to work on various movies through the 1970s. Hugh retired in 1989 after working on films for 50 years and 20 years with Disney. He passed away April 29, 1997 in England.
Maurice Chevalier-(Film-awarded posthumously) Maurice Chavalier was born September 12, 1888 in Paris. He was an actor and cabaret singer. He is known for his songs: Louise, Mimi, Valentine, and Thank Heaven for Little Girls. Maurice’s most popular movies were The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His last contribution was the the title song of The Aristocats. Maurice passed away January 1, 1972 at the age of 83.
Phil Collins-(Music) Phillip “Phil” Collins was born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, Middlesex, England. He is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, and author. Phil is best known as the drummer and lead singer of Genesis and as a solo singer. During 1983 and 1990 he had 3 UK and 7 US number one singles in his solo career. In 1999 Phil sang “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan and the song spent 19 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. He then won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. That year he also was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003 Phil wrote “Look Through My Eyes” for Brother Bear. In 2006 Phil worked on the musical version of Tarzan for Disney.
Sir John Mills-(Film) Sir John Mills was born on February 22, 1908 in North Elmham, England. In 1929 he made his debut as a song and dance man in London and in 1932 he made his film debut in The Midshipmaid. John starred with his daughter Hayley in Tiger Bay, Hayley is also a Disney Legend. He starred in Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. John was knighted in 1976. He passed away at the age of 97 in England on April 23, 2005.
Robert Newton-(Film & TV) Robert Newton was born June 1, 1905 in Saftesbury, Dorset, England. He was a popular actor in the 1940s and 1950s and is cited as a role model for Oliver Reed and Keith Moon. Robert started acting at age 16 and by 21 he was on the West End in London. During World War II he severed in the British Navy. In 1941 he made his film debut and in 1950 he starred in Disney’s Treasure Island on his is most popular roles. After years of drinking he died of a heart attack on March 25,1956 at age 50 in California.
Sir Tim Rice-(Music) Sir Timothy “Tim” Rice was born November 10, 1944 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. He is a lyricist and author who is best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken, and Elton John. Tim worked on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita with Andrew Lloyd Webber. He worked on Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast for Disney with Alan Menken. Tim also worked on The King King for Disney with Elton John and they also worked on Aida and The Road to El Dorado together. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1994. In 2008 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Robert Stevenson-(Film- awarded posthumously) Robert Stevenson was born March 31, 1905 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. He was a film writer and director. He attended Cambridge University before directing his first movie in 1932. In the 1940s he moved to Hollywood. During the 1950s and 1970s he directed 19 movies for Disney. Robert’s most memorable film is Mary Poppins. His last film was The Shaggy D.A. in 1976. He passed away on April 30, 1986 at the age of 81.
Richard Todd-(Film & TV) Richard Todd was born June 11, 1919 in Dublin, Ireland. He was a British solider, stage actor, and film actor. Richard served in the British Army from 1941 to 1946 in the Parachute Regiment. After the war he started acting on stage in The Hasty Heart and he later acted in the film version. Richard acted in 3 Disney films: The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, The Sword and the Rose, and Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue. By the 1970s and 1980s Richard was acting on TV. He passed away from cancer December 3, 2009.
David Tomlinson-(Film-awarded posthumously) David Tomlinson was born May 7, 1917 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. He was an actor and comedian. During World War II he was a pilot. David is most remembered for his role as George Banks in Mary Poppins, Professor Emelius Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Peter Thorndyke in The Love Bug. David passed away after a stroke on June 24, 2000 at the age of 83 in London.
Class of 2003
Neil Beckett- (Merchandise-awarded posthumously) Cornelius “Neil” Beckett was born November 10, 1923 in Linton, New Zealand. During World War II he served as a sub-lieutenant in the Navy. After the war he moved to Auckland and he worked in advertising and public relations. In 1964 he was named Disney’s sole representative in New Zealand. When Neil took this job there was little Disney merchandise but he quickly built up the market. Roy called him a “great promoter.” Neil also began to work in Australia since they shared pre-production costs. Neil was the Disney representative for 25 years before retiring in 1989. He passed away February 6, 1994 in Auckland.
Tutti Camarata-(Music) Salvatore “Tutti” Camarata was born May 11, 1913 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He studied music at Julliard in New York and went on to become lead trumped and arranger for Jimmy Dorsey. During World War II he served as a flight instructor in the Army Air Force. In 1944 he was called to England to write a musical score for London Town. In 1948 he became a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In 1956 Walt Disney asked him to form Disneyland Records and to be Music Director and Producer for the label. Tutti build Sunset Sound Recorders as in an old auto repair shop. During his 16 years with Disney he produced 300 albums in that studio. In 1960 the studio became an independent recording studio and still exists to this day. In 1981 Tutti bought The Sound Factory in Hollywood. Tutti passed away April 13, 2005.
Edna Francis Disney-(awarded posthumously) Edna Disney was the wife of Roy O. Disney, Walt’s older brother. She was born January 16, 1890 in Reece, Kansas. She was the third of six children. Edna first met Walt when he was just ten years old. Roy and Edna planned to marry after he served in World War I but he suffered from tuberculosis and spent years recovering in military hospitals around the country. During this time Edna’s family helped Walt while he struggled with Laugh-O-Gram Studios. In 1923 after Walt moved to LA Roy and Edna were married. She helped in the new Disney Studio. Edna had one child Roy E. who also worked for the company. She passed away at the age of 94 on December 18, 1984.
Lillian Disney-(awarded posthumously) Lillian Disney was the wife of Walt and was the person who came up with the name Mickey Mouse. She was born February 15, 1899 in Spalding, Idaho. Lillian grew up on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where her father was a blacksmithe and federal marshal. She moved to LA in 1923 and found a job as a secretary and inker at the Disney Studio. In 1925 Walt and Lillian were married in Lewiston, Idaho. Lillian and Walt had two daughters Sharon and Diane. After Walt’s death Lillian worked to support his dreams. She attended the dedication of Walt Disney World in Florida in 1971. In 1982 she returned to see EPCOT dedicated. She also helped funds renovations to CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). Lillian donated 50 million dollars to build a new symphony hall in Los Angeles. She suffered a stroke o December 15, 1997 31 years after her husbands death. Lillian passed away December 16, 1997 at the age of 98.
Orlando Ferrante-(Imagineering) Orlando Ferrante was born September 24, 1932 in Los Angeles, California. After college he served in the Navy for 2 years then went on to play for the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers in 1960-61. He had played football with Dick Nunis and Ron Miller so he decided to join WED (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1962. His first job was working on the Enchanted Tiki Room. In 1964-65 he worked on the World’s Fair attractions and formed a new department called Project Installation Coordinating Office. From the next office he worked on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Orlando worked on Walt Disney World and in 1972 he was named general manager of administration. In 1979 he became vice president of manufacturing of engineering and production. Orlando moved to France in 1990 to work on Disneyland Paris. He then lived in Venice, Italy to work on the second Disney Cruise Line ship before going to Tokyo DisneySea before it’s opening in 2001. Orlando retired in 2002.
Richard Fleischer-(Film) Richard Fleischer was vorn December 8, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brown University and then Yale School of Drama where he met his wife Mary Dickson. Richard’s film career started at RKO Studios in 1942 when he started directing shorts, documentaries, and compilations of silent features. He won an Academy Award for Design for Death which was co-written by Theodor Geisel (who is best known as Dr. Seuss). In 1954 he was chosen to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney. Richard continued to make movies into the 1980s. In 1993 he published his autobiography Just Tell Me When to Cry. He died in his sleep at the 89 after failing health on March 25, 2006.
Floyd Gottfredson-(Animation-awarded posthumously) Arthur Floyd Gottfredson was born May 5, 1095 in Kaysville, Utah into a large Mormon family. In 1928 he moved to California with his wife and family. Floyd worked as a movie projectionist for a year before working for Disney in 1929 as an apprentice animator. In 1930 he started working on the Mickey Mouse Comic Strip and worked on this for the next 45 years. Floyd retired October 1, 1975. He passed away at age 81 on July 22, 1986.
Buddy Hackett-(Film & TV-awarded posthumously) Buddy Hackett born Leonard Hacker was born August 31, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. While in high school he started performing and changed his name to Buddy Hackett. He first worked in various Catskill Hotels before making appearances in LA and Las Vegas. A big break came with Abbott and Costello pulled out of a movie and Buddy was hired to be in Fireman, Save My Child. Buddy then appeared on TV and other movies. His first Disney movie was The Love Bug in 1968. In 1989 he voiced Scuttle in The Little Mermaid and it’s direct to DVD sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea in 2000. Buddy passed away June 30, 2003 in California, he had suffered a stroke the week before and had been dealing with diabetes.
Harrison “Buzz” Price-(Research Economist) Harrison “Buzz” Price was born May 17, 1921 in Oregon City, Oregon. He served in the Army during World War II for 3 years before attending Stanford for his graduate degree. Buzz was a research economist specializing in how people spend their leisure time and resources. Walt asked Buzz to help develop Disneyland and later Disney World. Buzz passed away at the age of 89 on August 15, 2010.
Al Taliaferro-(Cartoonist-awarded posthumously) Charles Alfred “Al” Taliaferro was born August 29, 1905 in Montrose, Colorado. He is best known for his work on the Donald Duck Comic Strip even though his career started with Mickey Mouse. Al helped co-create Huey, Dewey, Louie, Bolivar, Grandma Duck, and Daisy Duck. He passed away February 3, 1969.
Ilene Woods-(Music-Voice) Jacqueline “Ilene” Woods was born May 5, 1929 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She started her acting career at age 2 and by age 15 she was on singing on the radio. She had her own show The Ilene Woods Show which aired three times a week and was 15 minutes long. Ilene moved to California and there she was asked to record a few songs to be presented to Walt for Cinderella. Within days of hearing the recordings Walt offered her the job of voicing Cinderella. Ilene sang for President Roosevelt and President Truman as well as troops during her career. In 1972 she retired from show business. Ilene died July 1, 2010 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
Class of 2004
Bill Anderson-(Film & TV-awarded posthumously) William “Bill” Anderson was born October 12, 1911 in Smithfield, Utah. He moved to California to purse acting but decided to work for the automobile industry instead. In 1943 he was hired by Disney to work in production control department. By 1951 he had become production manager for Walt Disney. In 1956 he became vice president of studio operations. His first film he was a producer for was Old Yeller. Bill’s wife Virginia was the first to suggest Haley Mills would be a good fit for a Disney movie, Bill brought up her name for Pollyanna. Other films and TV Bill worked on were: the TV series Zorro, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Moon-Spinners, The Happiest Millionaire, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. In 1964 Bill became a member of Disney’s Board of Directors and remained in that position until 1984. Bill passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall on December 28, 1997.
Tim Conway-(Film) Thomas “Tim” Conway was born December 15, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. Tim joined the Army after college then returned to Ohio and worked on TV and radio. His big break came with McHale’s Navy.. He later has his own show and was featured on the Carol Burnett Show. In the 1970s he was in several Disney films: The World’s Greatest Athlete, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Gus, and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Since 1999 he has been the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants.
Rolly Crump-(Imagineering) Roland “Rolly” Crump was born February 27, 1930 in Alhambra, California. In 1952 he joined Disney Studios working on inbetweening and then became an assistant animator. He worked on: Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. In 1959 he joined WED and became a designer for Disneyland’s attractions and shops. In the 1960s he worked on several psychedelic posters for West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. In 1964 he worked on many of the World’s Fair Projects. When It’s A Small World moved to Disneyland he designed the clock at the entrance. Roll worked on early deigns for the Magic Kingdom at Disney World before leaving the company in 1970. He returned in 1976 to work on The Land and Wonders of Life Pavilions at EPCOT. Rolly left again in 1981 then returned in 1992 as executive designer at Imagineering for EPCOT. In 1996 he retired from Disney. In 2012 his autobiography It’s Kind of a Cute Story was published.
Alice Davis-(Imagineering) Alice Estes was born in 1929 in Escalon, California. She attended Chouinard Art Institute for costume design. She met her husband Marc Davis, a Disney animator, in a night class on animation. They remained on friendly terms. After graduation Alice began designing lingerie for Beverly Vogue & Lingerie in Los Angeles. In the 1950s Marc Davis contacted her about designing a costume for Helene Stanley to wear while doing her live action reference footage for Sleeping Beauty. Alice and Marc grew close and married in June 1956. Walt hired Alice as a costume designer for Toby Tyler. She later worked on the costumes for the children in It’s A Small World attraction. Next she worked on Carrousel of Progress and Pirates of the Caribbean. In 2010 Alice was given a window on Main Street USA in Disneyland next to her husband.
Karen Dotrice-(Film & TV) Karen Dotrice was born November 9, 1955 in England. Her parents were both Shakespearean stage actors. At age 4 she made her stage debut and a scout saw her and brought her to Burbank to meet Walt Disney. She appeared in: The Three Lives of Thomasina and Mary Poppins for Disney. She is most remembered for her role as Jane Banks. In the 1970s she appeared in some TV shows in England. After appearing in Othello on stage in 1981 she retired. Karen was married twice and had three children which she tried to raise of the the public eye. Since her retirement she has done some spoken word adaptations for Disney and has been interviewed about Walt Disney and the Sherman Brothers.
Matthew Garber-(Film-awarded posthumously) Matthew Garber was born March 25, 1956 in Stephney, London. Both of his parents were stage actors. He was a part of The Three Lives of Thomasina and Mary Poppins for Disney. The year he appeared in Mary Poppins his younger brother Fergus was born. Matthew retired from acting at age 11. While traveling in India he contacted hepatitis in 1976. By the time he returned to England he died of pancreatitis. Matthew was 21 when he passed away June 13, 1977. His brother Fergus accepted his Disney Legend Award.
Leonard H. Goldenson-(TV-awarded posthumously) Leonard Goldenson was born December 7, 1905 in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Harvard Business School he worked for Paramount Pictures. In 1953 after Paramount was ordered to split it’s divisions he was put in charge of ABC their TV network and acted as the President of that division. He worked for ABC until 1986 when it was sold to Capital Cities Communications and he retired. Leonard passed away December 27, 1999.
Bob Gurr-(Imagineering) Robert “Bob” Gurr was born October 25, 1931 in Los Angeles. He designed most of the ride vehicles in Disneyland and all other Disney Parks to open since then. He also worked on the Disneyland Monorail and Submarine Voyage. Bob also worked on the King Kong Encounter for Universal Studios Hollywood.
Ralph Kent-(Imagineering & Attractions) Ralph Kwiatkowski also known as Ralph Kent was born January 28, 1939 in New York. After college he moved to California and found a job at Disneyland as a marketing production artist. Ralph worked on marketing for popular Disneyland rides such as the Jungle Cruise and Enchanted Tiki Room. In 1965 Ralph designed the first Mickey Mouse watch for adults. In 1971 he moved to Florida to help promote Disney World. In 1979 he became director of Walt Disney Imagineering East, a position that oversaw Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. Ralph became a corporate trainer in 1990. In 2004 Ralph retired but continued to consult on special projects. Ralph passed away September 10, 2007 in Florida.
Irwin Kostal-(Music-awarded posthumously) Irwin Kostal was born October 1, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois. He did not attend college but taught himself musical arranging by studying scores at his local library. After moving to New York he worked on the variety series Your Show of Shows. Irwin then went to Broadway orchestrating several popular musicals. In 1961 he was hired to score the movie version of West Side Story which he had done on Broadway. He and his team won an Oscar and Grammy Award for their work. In 1965 he worked on The Sound of Music and won an Oscar for Best Music Scoring. Irwin worked on Mary Poppins with the Sherman Brothers and in 1982 conducted the digital re-recording of Fantasia. He passed away after a heart attack on November 23, 1994.
Mel Shaw-(Animation) Melvin Schwartzman “Mel Shaw” was born December 19, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York. His first job in the entertainment industry was a silent film card creator at Pacific Title and Art. Mel was recruited by Walt to work in Bambi. He left the studio to serve as a combat photographer during World War II. Mel returned to Disney in 1974 and was a mentor to the next generation of animators. During this time he worked on The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Mel died of congestive heart failure on November 22, 2012.
class of 2005- in honor of disneyland's 50th anniversary the awards are given to employees with ties to the parks or imagineering.