Wednesday, December 16, 2009

RIP - Roy Disney E. Disney

Coming to the end of a year where many of our biggest icons passed away, another has died today as well. Roy E. Disney Jr., nephew to Walt, died at the age of 79. Word got to me through former, and current, Disney Cast Members. It has also been confirmed through various news agencies. Roy was truly the last of the legacy of both his dad Roy (who was the finance brains) and his uncle Walt (the man whose creations still have the power to rule the world). For many years Roy was there to remind people why Disney (as a company) was created and to point them in the direction that Walt would have wanted. Sadly much of this came to an end when Roy felt that Michael Eisner was steering the company into a bad direction. He successfully (?) led a stockholders revolt against Eisner (who at one time wanted me fired from the company....but that's a whooooole other story) in where the Board of Directors had Eisner step down from the head ranks of Disney. Since then we have seen Disney once again emerge as an entertainment force that no one can compete with. From the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, to the HSM/Jonas/Hannah Montana craze and more Disney parks being built... Roy was happy to see that people were finally being reminded that, "It all started with a mouse."

POPped by Jungle Jesse

We were just provided with this official announcement to Disney Cast Members from Bob Iger -

A Message from Bob: Roy E. Disney Passes
Dear Cast Members,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Roy E. Disney. After a courageous year-long fight with stomach cancer, he passed away peacefully this morning at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, surrounded by his loving family.

Roy played an important role in our lives here at Disney, and in the success of our Company over many years. Along the way, he touched many of us in a personal way. During his 56-year association with the Company, his true passion and focus was preserving and building upon the amazing legacy of Disney animation that was started by his father and uncle. His commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of the greatest contributions to Disney's past, present and future.

Roy not only helped to keep the legacy alive, but he also embraced new technologies, and gave the filmmakers the tools they needed to tell their stories in new and exciting ways. He encouraged talent, and loved working with the creative community. And they loved working with him.

Roy was a Disney Legend in every sense of the word, and his contributions to this great Company have been profound and will always be remembered. For the next week we will be flying the Disney flag at half mast here at the Studio and at our parks, and I know you join me in sending thoughts and prayers to Roy's wife, Leslie, his four children, and his 16 grandchildren. For those who wish to pay their respects, the family has requested that donations be made in Roy's name to the California International Sailing Association (CISA) to benefit youth sailing.


1 comment:

  1. So sad, but you have me curious...why did Eisner want you fired? Do tell.