THE VOICE BE­HIND THE MOUSE

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Mickey was first voiced by none other than Walt Dis­ney him­self.

But by the late ’40s run­ning his ev­er­grow­ing com­pany was tak­ing up most of Walt’s time – and his smok­ing habit was do­ing Mickey’s fa­mously high-pitched voice no favours. So mu­si­cian and ac­tor Jimmy Mac­Don­ald stepped up to the mi­cro­phone.

Jimmy, who voiced Mickey un­til his re­tire­ment in 1977, could do in­cred­i­ble things with his voice – like all the yo­delling in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the hyena’s yowls in Bed­knobs and Broom­sticks and even tiger Shere Khan’s roars in The Jun­gle Book.

Mickey’s next long-time voice was cour­tesy of Wayne All­wine – who mar­ried Russi Tay­lor, the ac­tress who did Min­nie’s voice.

Wayne was Mickey for 32 years, un­til his death in 2009 at age 62.

Bret Iwan (36), a for­mer Hall­mark greet­ing card writer, is Mickey’s cur­rent voice.

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