Disney Legends Class of 2006

Child actor Tim Considine (born December 31, 1940) was most famous for his 
television roles on the 1955-1957 Mickey Mouse Club. He played Spin on the serial 
Spin and Marty and older brother Frank (opposite Tommy Kirk as Joe) on The 
Hardy Boys. Considine also portrayed Gabriel Marion, nephew of Francis Marion 
on Disneyland episodes of Swamp Fox and the eldest son Buzz in the motion 
picture The Shaggy Dog.
Today Considine is the author of three books and writes feature articles for 
magazines and newspapers. As a photographer, his work appears in galleries and 
museums and on book covers, record albums and in commercial ads. 
As a child actor Kevin Anthony Corcoran (born June 10, 1949) appeared in numerous Disney 
projects between 1957 and 1963. Although he was never a Mouseketeer, Corcoran appeared 
in three Mickey Mouse Club serials - always portraying several different (but similar) 
characters, nicknamed Moochie. Corcoran first played Moochie McCandless, a farmer's son in 
Adventure in Dairyland. In two Spin and Marty serials, "The Further Adventures of Spin and 
Marty" and "The New Adventures of Spin and Marty," he played the role of Montgomery 
(Moochie) O'Hara. In the 1957 Disneyland: The Fourth Anniversary Show, he actually appeared 
in a Mouseketeer outfit with the name Moochie across his chest! Like Considine, Corcoran too 
appeared in the 1959 The Shaggy Dog - as Montgomery "Moochie" Daniels. His long list of 
childhood Disney credits include such features as Old YellerPollyanaSwiss Family Robinson
and Babes in Toyland. As an adult, he is a director and producer of many films and TV shows - 
ironically for a few Disney-related projects as well!
Don Edgren
Animator Al Dempster (born July 23, 1911) joined the Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue as 
a Layout Trainee in March 1939. Later transferring to the Background Department, 
Dempster worked on such classics as Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Saludos 
Amigos (1943), Victory Through Air Power (1943), The Three Caballeros (1945), Make Mine 
Music and Song of the South (1946). He left Disney in 1945, but returned 7 years later to 
work on Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959), and many 
more. As a designer and illustrator he was heavily involved in Disney Golden Books - 
specifically on such titles as Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, 
and Alice in Wonderland. Dempster retired in 1973, but unfortunately passed away in 2001 - some five years before being named a Disney Legend.
Voice actor and character actor Paul Frees (born June 22, 1920) will always be known to 
Disney fans as the voice of the Ghost Host for the Haunted Mansion park attraction. But he 
also voiced Disney's Professor Ludwig Von Drake in eighteen episodes of the Disney 
anthology television series, narrated a number of Disney cartoons, and even appeared in 
such features as The Shaggy Dog. His park attraction credits include several audio-
animatronic pirates, including the Auctioneer, in the Pirates of the Caribbean and 
providing narration for the Tomorrowland attraction Adventure Thru Innerspace. Frees 
was the sonorous narrator of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln pre-show at the Illinois 
Pavilion (at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair). Active until his death in 1986, his 
involvement in more than 250 films, cartoons, and TV appearances will entertain fans for 
years to come.
Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings (born July 29, 1938) was a Canadian-
American journalist and news anchor. Despite being a high-school dropout, 
he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent 
journalists. Jennings was the sole anchor of Disney/ABC's World News 
Tonight (from 1983 until his death in 2005).
Imagineer Don Edgren (born September 11, 1923) started as professional engineer for 
Wheeler & Gray, Structural Engineers. He was the chief engineer on the structural 
design/detail of Disneyland from late 1954 until the park opened on July 17, 1955. 
After coordinating structural design/detail on Disneyland expansion through June of 1961, 
Edgren was invited to join the staff of WED Enterprises. He worked as a project engineer 
on the Ford Motor Company exhibit for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, led the 
Imagineering engineering team for New Orleans Square and Pirates of the Caribbean at 
Disneyland, and participated in the initial master planning for Walt Disney World. By the 
time he retired in 1987, Edgren had also led the Imagineering engineers on the first Space 
Mountain and worked as the director of engineering for Tokyo Disneyland. Edgren passes away in December 2006 
at age 83 ... just a few months after being inducted a Disney Legend.
Elton John
Singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Elton John (born March 25, 1947) is a multiple Grammy-
winning legend and probably the most enduringly successful pop star of his generation. During his 
4-decade career, John has sold over 200 million records and has scored more than 50 Top 40 hits. 
Disney fans know his music from The Lion King (stage & screen) and the musical Aida. Such Lion 
King tunes as "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" have been 
used in both the 1994 animated film and the 1997 Broadway show. In March 2000, Aida opened on 
Broadway and John earned a Grammy for the Best Musical Show Album.
James Alexander Johnson devoted his entire career to Disney and strongly influenced the Disney approach to both publishing and consumer audio recordings. It was Walt Disney’s brother Roy O. Disney who first suggested that Disney Productions form their own record label. In 1956 Roy enlisted long time staffer Jimmy Johnson to head a new division called Disneyland Records. Johnson, who first joined The Walt Disney Studios fresh out of Journalism School as an assistant in the Publicity Department in September 1938, played a key role in the evolution of all Walt Disney music and record activities. He was the guiding force behind the first 20 years of the Buena Vista and Disneyland record labels, and the Wonderland Music Company. He served as President of the Walt Disney Music Company from September 1970 until his retirement in March of 1975 (the year before his death).
Tommy Kirk
Thomas Lee Kirk (born December 10, 1941) was an actor first hired by Walt Disney 
Productions as a clean-cut teenager in The Hardy Boys serial feature, along with Tim 
Considine. Kirk went on to star in a succession of successful Disney feature films - 
playing Travis Coates in the 1957 Old Yeller, Wilby Daniels in the 1959 The Shaggy Dog
and middle son Ernst Robinson in the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson. Kirk also played the 
"scrambled egghead" student inventor Merlin Jones in two comedies, The 
Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) and The Monkey's Uncle (1965). His acting 
careered faded by the early 1970s and Kirk went on to run a successful rug-cleaning 
business for two decades. 
Animator, storyboard artist, and voice actor Joe Ranft (born March 13, 1960) worked for both Disney and Pixar. During his first five years with Disney, Ranft worked on a number of television projects that unfortunately never got made - but later he was bumped up into the Feature Animation department, where he was mentored by Eric Larson (one of Walt's Nine Old Men). Ranft stayed with Disney throughout the 1980s, doing story work on animated features including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In 1992 he joined Pixar to work alongside John Lasseter, whom he had previously met at California Institute of the Arts during the late 1970s. Ranft worked as a story supervisor on such Pixar classic features as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, and Monsters, Inc. Sadly he was killed in a 2005 car accident at age 45.
Child actor David John Stollery (born January 18, 1941) is best known for his teenage role of the loner Marty in all 3 of the Spin and Marty serials (shown on the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club). On the third season of Mickey Mouse Club, he played Annette Funicello's love interest in another serial simply titled Annette. During those years, Stollery also appeared in Disney's live-action Westward Ho the Wagons! as Dan Thompson, and later in the 1960 Ten Who Dared as Andrew 'Andy' Hall . As an adult, Stollery worked in Detroit as a designer for General Motors and later for Toyota Motors. Most recently he established his own manufacturing company - making a patented fiberglass lifeguard tower (the only of its type made in the U.S.).
David Stollery
Ginny Tyler will always be remembered by a generation of Disney fans as the Disneyland Storyteller. Her voice work with Disneyland Records included narrating vinyl versions of Peter PanBambi, and Cinderella. When the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club was re-edited and repackaged for syndication in 1962, Tyler was appointed Head Mouseketeer, live from Disneyland. Tyler hosted a 15-minute daily segment from Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters, located within the Main Street Opera House. Her vocal work gradually moved from just narration to character voices for Disney - she voiced two female squirrels in the 1963 The Sword in the Stone, and sang for several of the barnyard animals in the "Jolly Holiday" sequence of the 1964 Mary Poppins. Her chilling cackle can be heard everyday in Disneyland & Disney World ... in the Snow White's Scary Adventure dark ride!
Ginny Tyler