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Disney, Roy Edward Biography




biography of Disney, Roy Edward

10 January 1930, Los Angeles, California, USA
16 December 2009, Newport Beach, California, USA (stomach cancer)
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. On October 16, 1998, in a surprise presentation made at the newly unveiled Disney Legends Plaza at the company's headquarters, Disney Chairman and CEO 'Michael Eisner (I)' (qv) presented him with the prestigious Disney Legends Award.
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-   'Patricia Ann Dailey' (17 September 1955 - 19 January 2007) (divorced); 4 children

-   'Leslie DeMeuse' (qv) (2008 - 16 December 2009) (his death)


-   Son of 'Roy O. Disney' (qv) and 'Edna Disney' (qv).

-   Cousin of 'Diane Disney' (qv) and 'Sharon Disney' (qv).

-   Grandson of 'Elias Disney' (qv) and 'Flora Disney' (qv).

-   Nephew of 'Walt Disney' (qv) and 'Lillian Disney' (qv).

-   On 30 November 2003, he abruptly resigned his position as Chairman of the Feature Animation Division and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Walt Disney Productions. In his resignation letter, he denounced Disney CEO 'Michael Eisner (I)' (qv) for (among other things) the failure of ABC-TV and ABC Family Channel ratings, loss of company morale through consistent micro-management, building newer theme parks "on the cheap", changing the company's public image as "always looking for the 'quick buck'", the defection of creative talent to other companies, failure to establish lasting relationships with creative partners and not establishing a management succession plan. Roy Disney's resignation was followed the very next day by the resignation of Disney Boardmember Stanley P. Gold, who echoed many of Roy Disney's complaints.

-   Father of 'Abigail Disney' (qv), Susan Disney, 'Roy P. Disney (I)' (qv) and 'Tim Disney (II)' (qv).

-   Died the day after the forty-third anniversary of uncle 'Walt Disney' (qv)'s death, on the twelfth anniversary of his aunt's, 'Lillian Disney' (qv)'s death, four days before the thirty-eighth anniversary of his father 'Roy O. Disney' (qv)'s passing, and two days before the twenty-fifth anniversary of his mother 'Edna Disney' (qv)'s death.


-   (1 January 2000) Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses parade


-   (September 2006) Made a special unannounced surprise appearance at the premiere of a revival/promotional screening of the 1989 Disney classic _The Little Mermaid (1989)_ (qv) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on September 7th, 2006. After an introduction, by longtime Disney producer 'Don Hahn', which recalled his many accomplishments, Disney stood up from his seat in the audience and bowed his head in appreciation. The shocked and delighted audience gave him a standing ovation.


-   "Le Monde" (France), 25 January 2004, Iss. 18351, pg. 15, by: Claudine Mulard, "' La vie irait mieux dans le groupe sans Michael Eisner '"

-   "Cinefantastique" (USA), June 2000, Vol. 31/32, Iss. 12/1, pg. 124, by: Mike Lyons, "Roy E. Disney"

-   "Cinema" (Hungary), April 2000, Iss. 101, pg. 68, by: Karola Kostede, "Fantasia 2000, a m├ísodik"


-   "The Independent" (UK), 4 January 2010, Iss. 7247, pg. 34, by: Tom Vallance, "Obituary: Roy Disney: Film executive who became the conscience of Walt Disney and revived the company's fortunes"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 18 December 2009, by: Anonymous, "Roy E. Disney"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 17 December 2009, Vol. 159, Iss. 54,892, pg. B13, by: Brooks Barnes, "Roy E. Disney Dies at 79; Rejuvenated Animation"

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 17 December 2009, by: Charles Solomon, "Roy Edward Disney, More Than a Famous Name"

-   "The Washington Post" (USA), 17 December 2009, Vol. 133, Iss. 12, pg. B5, by: Sandy Cohen, "Roy E. Disney, 79[, Dies]: Nephew wielded huge influence in Walt Disney Co."

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 17 December 2009, by: Dawn C. Chmielewski and James Bates, "Roy Edward Disney Dies at 79; Nephew of Walt Helped Revive Animation"

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