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    Former Imagineer Skip Lange has Passed Away

    10/14/16: from WDI Communications: We’re sad to share that former Imagineer Skip Lange passed away Oct. 14. Skip joined Imagineering in 1970 as a dimensional designer, and went on to be a field designer on several attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park. During the creation of Epcot he was the production designer for […]

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    Legendary TV Producer Agnes Nixon Dead at 93

    Agnes Nixon, a woman who brought years of drama to daytime TV as the creator of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” has died. She was 93. According to ABC News, Nixon died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and a recent stroke. “I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes,” former […]

  • Pixar
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    Daniel Gerson, Writer on Big Hero 6 and Monsters Dies at 49

    Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote the screenplays for Big Hero 6 and the two Monsters, Inc. films and contributed to several other Pixar/Disney animated movies, has died. He was 49. Gerson died Saturday of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Gerson also teamed with Robert L. Baird (and Jordan Roberts) on the screenplay for […]

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    Frank Armitage, Veteran Disney Artist, Passes At 91

    Frank Armitage , renowned Disney layout and background artist on such classic Disney films as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Jungle Book,” and a longtime Disney Imagineer who contributed murals and designs to a wide range of theme parks all over the world, passed away on Monday (1/4/16) at his home in Paso Robles, […]

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    Notable ‘Disney Family’ Deaths in 2015

    Disney Legend “Moochie” Corcoran Dies at 66 Kevin Anthony “Moochie” Corcoran (June 10, 1949 – October 6, 2015) was a child actor for Walt Disney in the 1950s and 60s who appeared in films like “Old Yeller” before moving behind the camera to work in production, died on Tuesday in Burbank, California. The cause of […]

  • Disney Stories
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    In Tribute to Walt Disney 1901-1966

    By Mark Hickson: Forty nine years ago Walt Disney passed away. Below is his last official portrait that hung in my office when I was an Imagineer. I always referred to him as ‘Uncle Walt’ as he was the uncle I always wanted, but never had. He never knew it, but besides my father, he was the […]

  • The Walt Disney Studios
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    Disney Legend Dean Jones Dead at 84

    Dean Jones, the go-to Disney actor whose films included “The Love Bug,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “That Darn Cat!” (actress Hayley Mills’ last film at Disney) and “The Shaggy D.A.,” pass away Tuesday. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, according to publicist Richard Hoffman. Jones is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lory […]

  • Imagineering
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    Disney Legend Blaine Gibson Dies At 97

    According to the Walt Disney Family Museum Legendary Disney animator and sculptor Blaine Gibson, who designed some of the most iconic images in the company’s theme parks around the world, died on Sunday. He was 97. Gibson worked alongside Walt Disney during the development of Disneyland, and his sculptures were used to create the faces […]

  • The Walt Disney Company
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    Architect Michael Graves Dies at 80

    Michael Graves, the architect and designer whose postmodern style earned the nickname “Entertainment Architecture” died suddenly on Thursday at his home in Princeton, N.J., of natural causes. He was 80. Some of his most notable designs were created for Disney. He designed the company’s “Team Disney” Burbank headquarters, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, […]

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    Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy died today in his Bel Air home from final complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his wife Susan. He was best known for his role as ‘Spock’ in the original Star Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels. Leonard’s Disney projects included: Directed the 1987 comedy […]

  • ABC
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    ABC Exec Brandon Stoddard Dies at 77

    Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who oversaw such landmark productions as Roots and The Winds of War, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to President from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC Productions before retiring in 1995. Last […]

  • The Walt Disney Company
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    Notable ‘Disney Family’ Deaths in 2014

    By Mark Hickson: So, here we are at the end of another year (well, in 15 days). When December comes, I like to reflect on those that we’ve lost in our own personal lives, and those bigger-than-life mortals we affectionately call, Disney celebrities. Two deaths were of people that I had met at Imagineering… Marcia […]

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    Marcia Strassman, Who Starred in ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Dies at 66

    Actress Marcia Strassman, known for Mash, Welcome Back, Kotter and Disney’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, has died. She was 66. Strassman, who had been battling breast cancer, died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. Her sister, Julie Strassman, told The Hollywood Reporter, “She was my idol. She was the funniest, smartest person I knew, and she always made me […]