Roy E Disney, twice savior of his uncles company, dies

Roy Edward Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, has died at the age of 79. Known recently as the architect of two share holder revolts that saved the Walt Disney Company (one from a takeover and one from the ruin of Michael Eisner), Roy E. was original known, somewhat affectionately, as that darn nephew. Among many other projects he helped grow the “True Life Adventures” brand for the Walt Disney Studios and later worked closely with Walt Disney Feature Animation to revive the Fantasia movies with Fantasia 2000.

Rumors of his declining health had been swirling for the last few years since he stepped back from his joy – yacht racing. Only recently, since his absence at the dedication of the Walt Disney Family Museum, have the rumors grown more serious. According to the LA Times obituary, he died this morning of Cancer.

Uncle Roy, we owe you our thanks and you’ll be intensely missed by the Disney fan community.

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15 Responses to Roy E Disney, twice savior of his uncles company, dies

  1. Giovanni Abrate says:

    That is terrible news that leaves me with a great sense of loss. I was very involved in the savedisney.com campaign and Roy was truly a champion of the traditional Disney spirit. He will be sorely missed. I think the Company will suffer from not having a direct link with Walt’s period, now that Roy is gone. Perhaps Ron Miller should come back in an honorary position.

  2. Roy E. Disney, Walt's nephew, has died at 79. http://is.gd/5qkpT Influential Disney shareholder twice saved company, revived animation.

  3. Last Disney @ Disney: Roy Disney dead: http://is.gd/5qkpT Worked for Disney for +50yrs, twice saved it, revived animation via @TheDisneyBlog

  4. wardomatic says:

    Sad: @TheDisneyBlog Roy E. Disney has died at 79. http://is.gd/5qkpT Influential Disney shareholder twice saved company, revived animation.

  5. Tamu says:

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  6. YoNoVeoTele says:

    Un tweet de silencio por la muerte de Roy E. Disney a sus 79 años. Salvó Disney dos veces (@TheDisneyBlog) http://is.gd/5qkpT

  7. Trevor May says:

    Roy Disney has died. :( RIP. The guy practically saved the Walt Disney Company. http://bit.ly/5QW9s9

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  13. Ken says:

    My thoughts are posted on LaughingPlace.com. Click my name.

  14. Ken Pellman says:

    To use a cliche… this is the end of an era. LaughingPlace.com has posted my thoughts.

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