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05.21.09 45 Comments

Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse since 1977, is dead of complications from diabetes at age 62.  Allwine was actually the third guy to do Mickey’s voice, after Walt Disney and Jimmy MacDonald.

Allwine’s wife, Russi Taylor, who provides the voice of Minnie Mouse, was at his side at the time of his passing. Allwine, also was an Emmy-winning sound effects editor, was the voice of Disney’s world-renowned mouse since 1977, when he first lent his familiar falsetto to animated segments for “The New Mickey Mouse Club.” [THR]

I think I’ll always remember Allwine best for the time he beat up the Jonas Brothers on South Park.  I mean, I know that wasn’t him or even the real Mickey Mouse, but the heart wants what it wants.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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