This website is devoted to those concerned about the welfare of The Walt Disney Company and its future direction. Stan Gold and I plan to use this site as a central information location as we begin to restore Disney to its position as the preeminent entertainment company in the world. We have also provided a mechanism for all interested parties to provide ideas, comments, concerns and input, and we sincerely hope that you will communicate with us.
I thank you for your concern about this wonderful Company founded by my father and uncle more than 80 years ago whose sole motivation was to provide lasting and wholesome entertainment to people around the world. I seek your support as we embark on this extremely important mission to restore the magic and wonder to The Walt Disney Company.
Roy E. Disney
Who is Roy E. Disney?
Roy Edward Disney served as vice chairman of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company and chairman of Walt Disney Animation from 1984 until 2003.
Disney assumed the responsibility for providing overall guidance and direction to the Animation Department in 1984. This was his first full-time role at the studio since 1977.
Earlier, he served Disney for 25 years in various capacities, including vice president in charge of the company's wildlife films, producer, director and writer. He became a member of the board of directors in 1967
Concurrently, he maintains business interests outside Disney. He is chairman of Shamrock Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned family enterprise that he organized in 1978, with headquarters in Burbank, Calif.
He began his entertainment industry career in 1953, working as an assistant film editor on the "Dragnet" TV series.
He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1954 and served as assistant film editor on motion pictures, including "The Living Desert" and "The Vanishing Prairie," both Academy AwardŽ winners.
As a writer and production associate, he received an Academy AwardŽ nomination for his work on the short subject "Mysteries of the Deep" in 1959.
From writing, Disney went on to produce and direct some 35 other TV and theatrical productions, then became an independent producer and investor.
Disney was born in Los Angeles Jan. 10, 1930, to Roy O. Disney and Edna Francis Disney. His father and his uncle Walt co-founded the Disney entertainment business.
He attended Harvard School and Pomona College, where he graduated in 1951 with a major in English.
He serves on the board of trustees of California Institute of the Arts, the advisory board of St. Joseph Medical Center and the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, Inc.
He is a member of the board of directors of the United States Committee for UNICEF, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Peregrine Fund and a member of the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House charities.
In 1997, he was awarded the first "Mort Walker Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cartoon Industry," by the Boca Raton International Museum of Cartoon Art.
Disney received honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from his alma mater, Pomona College, and from Mercy College. In 2003, California Institute of Arts selected him for an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
Disney was a recipient of the 1999 National Catholic Education Association Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to children and education. In April of 1999, Disney received the Henry Bergh Humane Award from the ASPCA, and in the Spring of 2000, he was awarded the Inaugural Environmental Leadership Award from the Audubon Society.
Married in 1955 to Patricia Ann Dailey, Disney is the father of four children -- Roy Patrick, Susan Margaret, Abigail Edna and Timothy John Disney. He is the grandfather of thirteen.
Disney's outside interests include offshore yacht racing and he holds numerous elapsed-time records for race passages on the Pacific Ocean, including the Transpace Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
Is Roy E. Disney Walt's brother?
The late Roy O. Disney was Walt's brother and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions. Roy E. Disney is his son, Walt's nephew.