Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney and a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company (which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his Uncle Walt founded) has died at age 79. A consultant for the company, Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors and a thorn in the side of many successors, he helped revive the animation department but is perhaps best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: Ron Miller (Walt's son-in-law) in 1984 and Michael Eisner in 2005. Roy began working with the company in 1954 and was the last member of the Disney family to be actively involved with the company.

Roy died this morning. He had been battling cancer.

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