Disney Legends Class of 2006
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 Yeller, Pollyana, Swiss 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!
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).
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
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.
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).
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.).
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 Pan, Bambi, 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!