Actor Wayne Allwine

Wayne Anthony Allwine (February 7, 1947 – May 18, 2009) was an American voice actor, sound effects editor and foley artist for The Walt Disney Company. He is best remembered as the 3rd voice of Mickey Mouse for a period of 32 years, narrowly the longest to date, and was married to voice actress Russi Taylor.

Early life

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 in 1977. He replaced Jimmy 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, 1955–1959).

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 Ratty) “collecting for the poor”, and one of the two weasel undertakers in the Christmas future scene.

He also starred in films such as The Great Mouse Detective (1986), 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 in the popular Kingdom Hearts series of video games prior to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, which was done in collaboration with Japanese video game company Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which was the last game that used his voice (mainly with Mickey as a playable character in Mission Mode), would leave a message in his memory as the game was released in North America several months after his death.

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.

He played rhythm guitar and briefly toured with the band Davie Allan & the Arrows, including on the 1967 single “Cycle-Delic”. He was also an accomplished Dixieland jazz drummer, occasionally sitting in with Firehouse Five Plus Two alumni George Probert’s Monrovia Old Style Jazz Band.

Personal life

Allwine has four children from previous marriages – Christopher, Joshua, Peter, and Erin; and a grandson, Isaac. In 1991, he married Russi Taylor, who voiced Minnie Mouse from 1986 to 2019, and they were named Disney Legends in 2008; they remained married until his death in 2009.


Allwine died of hypertensive crisis caused by complications from acute diabetes at age 62 on May 18, 2009 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His prospective understudy, Bret Iwan, assumed the role of voicing Mickey Mouse. His final performance was in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode “The Golden Boo-Boo” (which premiered posthumously on September 28, 2012) and the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which are dedicated to his memory, dying twelve days before the game’s Japanese release, along with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse television movie “Choo-Choo Express”. In 2013, his voice was used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and in 2014, his voice was again used in the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix via archive audio from his previous work in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mickey’s Christmas Carol Mickey Mouse/Weasel Gravedigger/Beggar Dog Short film
1985 The Black Cauldron Henchman
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Thug Guard #2
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mickey Mouse
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Mickey Mouse/Prince Short film
1995 A Goofy Movie Mickey Mouse Cameo
Runaway Brain Short film
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Direct-to-video
1999 Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video
Fantasia 2000 Segment: “Pomp and Circumstance”
2001 Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey’s House of Villains
2004 The Lion King 1½ Direct-to-video
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
2007 Mickey’s Great Clubhouse Hunt Special
2009 Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Television film
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Final television film


Year Title Role Notes
1977-1979 The New Mickey Mouse Club Mickey Mouse 11 episodes
1983 Mousercise
1987 D-TV Doggone Valentine Television film
D-TV Monster Hits
1988 Totally Minnie
Mickey’s 60th Birthday
Here’s to you, Mickey Mouse Television film
1989 Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 2 episodes
1990 The Muppets at Walt Disney World Television film
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Direct-to-video
1992 Mickey’s Nutcracker Uncredited
Television special
1993 Bonkers Episode: “I Oughta Be in Toons”
1994–1995 Mickey’s Fun Songs series
1995 Mickey: Reelin’ Through the Years Television film
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works 30 episodes
2001–2003 Disney’s House of Mouse 52 episodes
2006–2012 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 100 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
1998 My Disney Kitchen Mickey Mouse
2000 Mickey’s Speedway USA
Mickey Mouse Preschool
Mickey Mouse Kindergarten
Mickey Mouse Toddler
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest
2002 Disney Learning Adventure: Search for the Secret Keys
Kingdom Hearts
Disney’s Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse
Disney Golf
Disney Sports Soccer
Disney Sports Skateboarding
Disney Sports Football
Disney Sports Basketball
2003 Disney’s Party
Disney’s Hide and Sneak
Toontown Online
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2008 Disney Think Fast
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Mickey Mouse (archive footage)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

Theme parks

Year Title Role
1991 Muppet*Vision 3D Waldo C. Graphic posing as Mickey Mouse
2003 Mickey’s PhilharMagic Mickey Mouse

Crew work

Year Title Position Notes
1977 A Christmas Carol Sound effects editor
1979 The Black Hole
1981 The Fox and the Hound Uncredited
1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Uncredited
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Mickey’s Christmas Carol Uncredited
1984 Country
Frankenweenie Foley artist
1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
The Black Cauldron Sound editor
My Science Project
Amazing Stories 1 episode
1986 Psycho III
The Great Mouse Detective
1987 Innerspace
3 Men and a Baby
1988 Alien Nation
The Good Mother
1989 Three Fugitives
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
1985 Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Best Sound Editing – Television Pilots and Specials Amazing Stories: “The Mission” Won
1986 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Amazing Stories: “The Mission” Won
1987 Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Best Sound Editing – Animated Feature The Great Mouse Detective Won
2008 Disney Legend Award Animation – Voice Won

External Links

Actor Wayne Allwine – Wikipedia

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