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Wayne Anthony Allwine (February 7, 1947 – May 18, 2009) was an American voice actor, sound effects editor and foley artist for The Walt Disney Company. He is best remembered as the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, narrowly the longest to date, and was married to voice actress Russi Taylor, who voiced Minnie Mouse from 1986 to 2019.
Wayne Anthony Allwine
February 7, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Died||May 18, 2009 (aged 62)|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Voice actor, sound effects editor, foley artist|
|Known for||Voice of Mickey Mouse (1977–2009)|
(m. 1968; div. 1973)
(m. 1975; div. 1986)
(m. 1986; div. 1990)
Russi Taylor (m. 1991)
Allwine was born in Glendale, California, on February 7, 1947. In 1966, Allwine started work in the mailing room at the Disney studios, before working in the sound effects department under Jimmy MacDonald.
After auditioning for the role, Allwine became the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1977 until his death in 2009. He succeeded MacDonald, who in 1947 had taken over from Walt Disney himself, who had performed the role since 1928 as well as supplying Mickey's voice for animated portions of the original The Mickey Mouse Club television show (ABC-TV, 1955–59).
Allwine's first appearance as Mickey was voicing the animated lead-ins for The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977. His first appearance as Mickey for a theatrical release was in the 1983 featurette Mickey's Christmas Carol. In the same film, he voiced a Santa Claus on the street appealing for charity donations at the start of the movie, Moley (who appears with Ratty) "collecting for the poor", and one of the two weasel undertakers in the Christmas future scene.
He also starred in films such as The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Prince and the Pauper (1990) and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and the TV series Mickey Mouse Works (1999–2000), Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003) and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006–2009). He has provided Mickey's voice in the popular Kingdom Hearts series of video games prior to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, which was done in collaboration with Japanese video game company Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which was the last game that used his voice (mainly with Mickey as a playable character in Mission Mode), would leave a message in his memory as the game was released in North America several months after his death.
In addition to his voice work, Allwine had also been a sound effects editor on Disney films and TV shows including Splash (1984) and Three Men and a Baby (1987); as well as Innerspace (1987), Alien Nation (1988) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier for other studios.
He played rhythm guitar for the band Davie Allan & the Arrows, including on the 1967 single "Cycle-Delic".
Allwine has four children from previous marriages, all three of which ended in divorce. In 1991, he married Russi Taylor, who voiced Minnie Mouse from 1986 to 2019, and they were named Disney Legends in 2008; they remained married until his death in 2009. His final performance was in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby Sitter" and the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which are dedicated to his memory.
Allwine died of acute diabetes at age 62 on May 18, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Bret Iwan became the current voice of Mickey Mouse. In 2013, his voice was used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and in 2014, his voice was again used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, due to the archive footage from his previous work in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol||Mickey Mouse/Weasel Gravedigger/Beggar Dog||Short film|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||Henchman|
|1986||The Great Mouse Detective||Thug Guard #2|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Mickey Mouse|
|1990||The Prince and the Pauper||Mickey Mouse/Prince||Short film|
|1995||A Goofy Movie||Mickey Mouse||Cameo|
|Runaway Brain||Short film|
|1998||The Spirit of Mickey||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas||Direct-to-video|
|Fantasia 2000||Segment: "Pomp and Circumstance"|
|2001||Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Mickey's House of Villains|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Direct-to-video|
|Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers|
|Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas|
|2007||Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt||Special|
|2009||Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland|
|Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express|
|2010||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally||Television film|
|2011||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure||Final television film|
|1977–1979||The New Mickey Mouse Club||Mickey Mouse|
|1987||D-TV Doggone Valentine|
|D-TV Monster Hits|
|Mickey's 60th Birthday|
|Here's to you, Mickey Mouse|
|1989||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color|
|1990||The Muppets at Walt Disney World|
|Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun|
|1994–1995||Mickey's Fun Songs series|
|1998–2009||The Magical World of Walt Disney|
|1999–2000||Mickey Mouse Works|
|2001–2003||Disney's House of Mouse|
|2006–2009||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse|
|1998||My Disney Kitchen||Mickey Mouse|
|2000||Mickey's Speedway USA|
|Mickey Mouse Preschool|
|Mickey Mouse Kindergarten|
|Mickey Mouse Toddler|
|2001||Disney Learning: Phonics Quest|
|2002||Disney Learning Adventure: Scerch for the Secret Keys|
|2002||Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse|
|Disney Sports Soccer|
|Disney Sports Skateboarding|
|Disney Sports Football|
|Disney Sports Basketball|
|Disney's Hide and Sneak|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II|
|2008||Disney Think Fast|
|Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories|
|2009||Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days|
|2013||Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix||Mickey Mouse (archive footage)|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix|
Theme park attractionsEdit
|1991||Muppet*Vision 3D||Waldo C. Graphic posing as Mickey Mouse|
|2003||Mickey's PhilharMagic||Mickey Mouse|
|1977||A Christmas Carol||Sound effects editor|
|1979||The Black Hole|
|1981||The Fox and the Hound||Uncredited|
|1983||Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore||Uncredited|
|Something Wicked This Way Comes|
|Mickey's Christmas Carol||Uncredited|
|1985||Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend|
|The Black Cauldron||Sound editor|
|My Science Project|
|Amazing Stories||1 episode|
|The Great Mouse Detective|
|3 Men and a Baby|
|The Good Mother|
|Star Trek V: The Final Frontier|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1985||Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors)||Best Sound Editing - Television Pilots and Specials||Amazing Stories (1985 TV series)||Won|
|1986||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series||Amazing Stories (1985 TV series)||Won|
|1987||Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors)||Best Sound Editing - Animated Feature||The Great Mouse Detective||Won|
|2008||Disney Legend Award||Animation - Voice||Won|
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- Hickerson, Mike (21 May 2009). "Remembering Wayne Allwine". Slice of SciFi. Retrieved 6 November 2017.