R.I.P. Wayne Allwine, Voice of Mickey Mouse
The voice of Mickey Mouse for over 25 years and a certified Disney Legend, Wayne Allwine, passed away Monday, May 18th at the age of 62 due to complications from diabetes.
Allwine was also a sound effects editor and foley artist for Walt Disney Studios. And he was the third person to officially voice the iconic Mickey Mouse, following Jimmy MacDonald and of course Walt Disney himself. Allwine is quoted as saying, “My life has been spent working, in one capacity or another, for the Disney family. I consider it to be a very high calling, serving Walt’s ‘dream.’”
He is survived by his wife, Russi Taylor (the voice of Minnie Mouse since 1986), daughter Erin, and sons Peter, Josh and Chris. Married since 1991, Allwine and Taylor first met in 1987 at a voice recording session for the live-action TV series Totally Minnie.
(via Voice Actors in the News)