Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A true gentleman in the best Disney tradition, Wayne Allwine has died much, much too soon at the age of 62. As most of you already know, Wayne was the current voice of Mickey Mouse (following in the sound tracks of Jimmy Macdonald—another great gentleman—and of course Walt Disney), and was married to Russi Taylor, the current voice of Minnie Mouse, and a very sweet and talented lady. It seems appropriate to run the famed cover of Paris Match that was run in 1966 to mourn the loss of Mickey's first voice. Our hearts go out to Russi—the voice of Mickey will be replaced (though not easily) but Wayne is irreplaceable.