Wayne Allwine

Wayne Allwine
Born Wayne Anthony Allwine
(1947-02-07)February 7, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
Died May 18, 2009(2009-05-18) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Complications caused by diabetes
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Nationality American
Occupation Voice actor, sound effects editor, foley artist
Years active 1977–2009
Known for The voice of Mickey Mouse
Spouse(s) Alyson Page (m. 1968; div. 1973)
Karla Carlsen (m. 1975; div. 1986)
Kim Knowlton (m. 1986; div. 1990)
Russi Taylor (m. 1991; d. 2009)
Children 4
Family 1 grandson
Awards Emmy Award (1986)
Disney Legend Award (2008)

Wayne Anthony Allwine (February 7, 1947 – May 18, 2009)[1] was an American voice actor, sound effects editor and foley artist for The Walt Disney Company. He was best remembered as the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, narrowly the longest to date, and was married to voice actress Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986. He died in 2009 of complications caused by diabetes.

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.[2]


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 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 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.

He played rhythm guitar for the band Davie Allan & the Arrows, including on the 1967 single "Cycle-Delic."

Personal life and death

In 1991, Allwine married Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986, and they were named Disney Legends in 2008. His final performance was in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby Sitter" and the English-language version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which are dedicated to his memory.

Allwine died of acute diabetes at age 62 on May 18, 2009, and Bret Iwan became Mickey Mouse.[3] He was survived by his children from his previous marriages to Alyson Page, Karla Carlsen and Kim Knowlton:[4][5] Erin, Peter, Christopher, and Joshua, and a grandson named Isaac.[6][7] In 2013, his voice was also 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.



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


Year Television Voice Notes
1977–1979 The New Mickey Mouse Club Mickey Mouse (voice)
1987 D-TV Doggone Valentine Mickey Mouse (voice)
1987 D-TV Monster Hits Mickey Mouse (voice)
1988 Totally Minnie Mickey Mouse (voice)
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Mickey Mouse (voice)
1988 Here's to you, Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse (voice)
1989 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mickey Mouse (voice)
1990 The Muppets at Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse (voice)
1990 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Mickey Mouse (voice)
1993 Bonkers Mickey Mouse (voice)
1994–1995 Mickey's Fun Songs series Mickey Mouse (voice)
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Mickey Mouse (voice)
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Mickey Mouse (voice)
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse Mickey Mouse (voice)
2006–2009 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Mouse (voice)

Video games

Year Video Game Voice Notes
1998 My Disney Kitchen Mickey Mouse (voice)
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002–2009 Kingdom Hearts series Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney Golf Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney Sports Soccer Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney Sports Skateboarding Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney Sports Football Mickey Mouse (voice)
2002 Disney Sports Basketball Mickey Mouse (voice)
2003 Disney's Party Mickey Mouse (voice)
2003 Disney's Hide and Sneak Mickey Mouse (voice)
2003 Toontown Online Mickey Mouse (voice)
2008 Disney Think Fast Mickey Mouse (voice)

Park Attractions


Preceded by
Jimmy MacDonald
Voice of Mickey Mouse
Succeeded by
Bret Iwan
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