62 (passed away May. 18th, 2009)
Feb. 7th, 1947
Glendale, California, USA
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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 Basil) "collecting for the poor", and one of the two weasel undertakers in the Christmas future scene.
He also starred in films such as 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 for nearly every entry in the popular Kingdom Hearts series of video games, which was done in collaboration with Japanese video game company Square Enix.
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.
- A student at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, he appeared in school plays and formed his own music group, The International Singers, which performed in clubs and colleges throughout the state. He later played rhythm guitar for the band Davie Allan & the Arrows.
- Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
- Met his wife, 'Russi Taylor' (qv), the voice of "Minnie Mouse", at a session of voices for _Totally Minnie (1987) (TV)_ (qv).
- Children from previous marriages: Erin, Peter, Christopher and Joshua.
- Until his death in 2009, only three vocal artists have given voice to the famed Mickey Mouse character: 'Walt Disney' (qv) himself, 'James MacDonald (II)' (qv) and Allwine.
- Was also an Emmy Award-winning former sound effects editor and foley artist.
- First voiced Mickey Mouse with "The New Mickey Mouse Club" in 1977-1978.
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