A Voice Never Forgotten!
Voice Coaches would like to pay tribute to one of the most talented and well-known voice artists in the world, Wayne Allwine, who passed away due to complications from diabetes on May 18, 2009.
Mr. Allwine is best known for playing the voice of Mickey Mouse for over 30 years. After Walt Disney retired from the role in the 1940s, the voice of Mickey was taken over by Jimmy MacDonald, who eventually trained Allwine in the 1970s, making Allwine only the third person to portray Mickey Mouse on a regular basis. He is survived by his wife, also a prominent voice actor, Russi Taylor, who has portrayed Minnie Mouse since 1986. The couple was well known for not only voicing Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but also embodying all the best characteristics of the pair. They were both awarded a Disney Legend award in 2008, and it’s well known among the voice acting community that Wayne Allwine was an extremely kind, warm, and very well-liked gentleman who was delighted to take time out to be interviewed about his craft.
An acclaimed sound effects editor, Mr. Allwine inherited the job as the voice of Mickey in 1977. In his role as Mickey Mouse, you’ve heard Mr. Allwine in Disney movies and TV shows such as The New Mickey Mouse Club (1977-1978), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), The Prince and the Pauper (1990), A Goofy Movie (1995), the Kingdom Hearts video game (2002), Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006-2008), among other things. He also continued his sound effects work well into the 1980s.
It’s been a tough couple of years for the voice acting industry. It was just September 1st of last year that we lost Don LaFontaine, the voice behind thousands of movie trailers and probably the single most well-known voice actor around. Now, with the passing of Wayne Allwine, another voice acting legend is has stepped away from the mic. Fortunately, Mr. Allwine’s passion for his work will live on for generations to come in the form of the numerous Disney cartoons, movies, and television shows that he provided Mickey’s voice for.
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