Roy E. Disney
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PHOTOS: Roy E. Disney | 1930-2009

Roy Edward Disney, seen in his Burbank office in 1985, was the billionaire nephew of entertainment icon Walt Disney. Roy E. Disney so closely resembled his uncle’s physical appearance that when he made outings to Disney theme parks or was out promoting the company’s animated films, people in public would ask him if he was Walt Disney’s brother. (Los Angeles Times)
Disney toiled for years in the shadow of his famous uncle and his father, Roy O. Disney, who eventually became chairman of the Walt Disney Co. Roy E. Disney would prove his detractors, who called him the “idiot nephew,” wrong. He emerged as a forceful advocate for the art form that defined his family’s company: animation. (Los Angeles Times)
Michael Eisner, former chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co., shares a light moment with Roy E. Disney during dedication ceremonies for the Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida in 1998. Disney later called on shareholders to cast a vote of no-confidence in Eisner, saying the top executive’s leadership had led to the perception of the company as “rapacious, soul-less and always looking for the ‘quick buck’ rather than long-term value.” (Peter Cosgrove / Associated Press)
Roy E. Disney, the 2000 Rose Parade’s grand marshal, rides in Pasadena’s annual parade with Mickey Mouse. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Roy E. Disney’s pet project was a remake of the 1940 Walt Disney classic “Fantasia.” Called “Fantasia/2000,” the film, like the original, blended animation inspired largely by classical music. Included were segments set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” (Disney Enterprises Inc.)
In one of the new segments of “Fantasia/2000,” a flamingo swings a yo-yo to the tune of Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Disney included the cornerstone of the original “Fantasia,” Mickey Mouse in a segment featuring Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” in the 2000 remake. (Walt Disney Pictures)
From left, Mickey Mouse, Oriental Land President Toshio Kagami, former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner, Roy E. Disney and Minnie Mouse celebrate the opening of the Tokyo DisneySea, Japan’s second Disney theme park. (Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP)
Roy Disney, left, and business partner Stanley P. Gold succeeded in ousting Chief Executive Michael Eisner. In 2004, 45% of shareholders cast a no-confidence vote for Eisner at the company’s annual meeting in Philadelphia. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Roy Disney, in the Shamrock Center in Burbank, decided in 2003 to quit the board of directors of the Walt Disney Co. and called for the resignation of Chief Executive Michael Eisner. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Roy Disney, wearing a red hat, participates in the last stretch to qualify for the Transpacific Yacht Race in 2007. The training and competition became the stuff of a feature-length documentary called “Morning Light.” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Disney with a painting of his 74-foot sloop called Pyewacket -- named for the witch’s cat in the 1958 film “Bell, Book & Candle.” In 1999, Disney and his crew won the biannual, 2,225-mile Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, setting a course record.

  (Los Angeles Times)