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Also Known As: Roy Edward Disney, Roy Disney Died: December 16, 2009
Born: January 10, 1930 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, film editor, cameraman, tour guide

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A prolific, instantly recognizable curly-haired character player of stage and screen, Bob Dishy has excelled at playing the 'Jewish Everyman' whether the character be a working-class stiff or a mid-level businessman coping with a nagging wife, unruly children and a bad day at the office. Presentable without being conventionally handsome, smart and experienced without being urbane, he has amassed an impressive resume over some four decades, encompassing everything from Broadway musicals to independent features. The Brooklyn-born son of immigrants (his father was from Lebanon, his mother Israel), Dishy began performing at a Catskills resort. After completing his studies at Syracuse University, he landed his first stage role replacing James Komack in the original production of the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees" in 1955. Drafted several months later, he spent his military career performing in the revue "Rolling Along." After being discharged, Dishy returned to NYC and quickly fell in with the Second City troupe whose members included Paul Sills, Barbara Harris, Avery Schreiber and Severn Darden. Honing his comedic skills, Dishy began to appear frequently in cabarets, stage revues and the NBC comedy...

A prolific, instantly recognizable curly-haired character player of stage and screen, Bob Dishy has excelled at playing the 'Jewish Everyman' whether the character be a working-class stiff or a mid-level businessman coping with a nagging wife, unruly children and a bad day at the office. Presentable without being conventionally handsome, smart and experienced without being urbane, he has amassed an impressive resume over some four decades, encompassing everything from Broadway musicals to independent features.

The Brooklyn-born son of immigrants (his father was from Lebanon, his mother Israel), Dishy began performing at a Catskills resort. After completing his studies at Syracuse University, he landed his first stage role replacing James Komack in the original production of the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees" in 1955. Drafted several months later, he spent his military career performing in the revue "Rolling Along." After being discharged, Dishy returned to NYC and quickly fell in with the Second City troupe whose members included Paul Sills, Barbara Harris, Avery Schreiber and Severn Darden. Honing his comedic skills, Dishy began to appear frequently in cabarets, stage revues and the NBC comedy series "That Was the Week That Was" (1964-65). He enjoyed a rare romantic lead opposite then-newcomer Liza Minnelli in the musical "Flora, the Red Menace" (1965) before segueing to features.

His lips ready to curl around a wisecrack in middle-class frustration, Dishy perfectly embodied Neil Simon/sitcom shtick, hence his numerous guest appearances on TV sitcoms and comedic roles in features. He debuted in films as the husband of a woman kidnapped by a frustrated mailman in "The Tiger Makes Out" (1967) and subsequently essayed an usher with a talkative blind date in "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1970), the Vice President in "First Family" (1980), the father in the film version of Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986) and a psychiatrist in "Don Juan DeMarco" (1995). In a rare lead, he excelled as a man attempting to cancel the order for a hit man to murder his wife in "I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now" (1976), but he offered one of his best screen performances as a conflicted school principal torn between his family and a schoolteacher in "Judy Berlin" (1999).

The busy actor has also continued to nurture his stage career. Since the 60s, he has alternated between comedies and musicals, including turns in Herb Gardner's "The Goodbye People" (1968) and "Story Theater" (1971, which also led to a syndicated TV series). In 1977, he won particular praise (and a Tony Award nomination) for his supporting turn in "Sly Fox," Larry Gelbart's modernization of "Volpone." Dishy turned serious for the first time in Jules Feiffer's "Grown-Ups" (1982) and has since displayed his mettle in roles as varied as a waiter (alongside Fyvush Finkel) in "Cafe Crown" (1988) and a retired button-maker wooing a Holocaust survivor in "Blue Light" (1994) and its revision, "The Shawl" (1996).

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1951:
Worked as NBC-TV studio page, Hollywood, CA
1951:
Served as assistant film editor on TV series, "Dragnet"
1957:
Photographed first feature, "Perri"
1952:
Joined Disney as assistant film editor
1964:
Given own production unit at Disney
1967:
Joined board of directors at Disney
1971:
Elected vice-president of 16mm production at Walt Disney Productions in December
1977:
Left staff vice-president position at Disney; became independent producer and private investor (March)
1978:
Became president of Roy E. Disney Productions, Inc.
1979:
Produced first feature, "Pacific High"
1979:
Became chairman of the board of directors for Shamrock Broadcasting Co.
1980:
Became chairman of the board of directors of Shamrock, Inc.
1984:
Resigned from board of directors and chairmanship of Walt Disney Productions (March 9)
1984:
Returned to board of directors (June 22)
1985:
Contributed to script of first feature, "The Black Cauldron" (additional dialogue)
1989:
Executive produced first feature, "Cheetah"
1990:
Executive produced "Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue"
2000:
Executive produced the remake, "Fantasia/2000"
2002:
Produced the animated shot "Destino"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short
2003:
Resigned from Disney, accusing Michael Eisner of micro-mangement, failures with ABC, and turning the Walt Disney Company into a "rapacious, soul-less" company
2005:
Rejoined the Walt Disney Company as a non voting Director Emeritus and consultant, after the departure of CEO Michael Eisner
2008:
Executive Produced the documentary "Morning Light," with then wife Leslie DeMeuse
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Education

Pomona College: Pomona , California - 1951

Notes

Disney was nominated for an Oscar for the film "Mysteries of the Deep" (1959). He is a member of the 100 Club, the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and belongs to several California Yacht Clubs.

Disney became a trustee of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (1967).

He became a board of directors member to the Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles.

He is also a member of the advisory board of directors of the St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

Disney served as a member of the US Naval Academy Sailing Squadron in Annapolis MD.

He is a fellow at the University of Kentucky.

Disney is a member of the Directors Guild of the American West.

He is also a member of the Writers Guild of America.

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wife:
Patricia Ann Disney.

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uncle:
Walt Disney. Animator, producer, studio executive. Born December 5, 1905; died December 15, 1966; founder of Disney empire.
father:
Roy Oliver Disney. Executive producer.
mother:
Edna D Disney.
son:
Roy Patrick Disney.
daughter:
Susan Margaret Disney.
daughter:
Abigail Edna Disney.
son:
Timothy John Disney.
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