Roy Williams was an American artist and entertainer for The Walt Disney Studios, perhaps best known as "Big Roy", the adult Mouseketeer for four seasons on the Mickey Mouse Club television series.

Early life and career

Williams was born in Colville, Washington and raised in Los Angeles, where he attended Fremont High School. After graduating, he was hired as an artist by Walt Disney in 1930. He worked on animated shorts while attending Chouinard Art Institute at night. He later also developed story ideas for Disney. He also designed over 100 insignias for the U.S. armed forces during World War II, and is credited with designing the mouse ears worn on the Mickey Mouse Club. Roy traveled across the country to promote the re-release of such Disney films as Cinderella, while in 1959, he served as goodwill ambassador for The Walt Disney Studios. Later, he worked as a Disney comic strip artist, cartoonist at Disneyland (as seen in the photo posted here), and consultant on the traveling arena show, "Disney on Parade."

Disney director Jack Kinney described Williams as a "big fat balding hot-headed unpredictable bastard", but hugely admired his prolific talent, saying that he could "sit down and grunt out a few pounds of gags as if it were nothing".

The Mouseketeers who worked with him on the original Mickey Mouse Club series, conversely, remembered him fondly. Former Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr, appearing on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on NBC in 1975 to talk about the Mickey Mouse Club at the time of its 20th anniversary, called Williams "a warm guy, who liked kids, always had time for kids, and always helped us any way he could."

Williams died in Burbank, California on November 7, 1976. He was posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend in 1992.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1932 The Klondike Kid animator - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Mellerdrammer animator - uncredited
1933 Father Noah's Ark animator - uncredited
1933 The Mail Pilot animator - uncredited
1933 Old King Cole animator - uncredited
1933 Lullaby Land animator - uncredited
1933 The Night Before Christmas animator - uncredited
1934 Shanghaied animator - uncredited
1934 The Hot Chocolate Soldiers animator - uncredited
1934 Hollywood Party animator - uncredited
1934 Servants' Entrance animator - uncredited
1934 Mickey Plays Papa animator - uncredited
1934 Two-Gun Mickey animator - uncredited
1935 The Band Concert animator - uncredited
1935 Water Babies animator - uncredited
1935 Mickey's Fire Brigade animator - uncredited
1936 Elmer Elephant writer - uncredited
1936 Donald and Pluto writer - uncredited
1936 Orphans' Picnic animator - uncredited
1937 Donald's Ostrich animator - uncredited
1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood writer - uncredited
1940 Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip story
1942 Saludos Amigos story
"Lake Titicaca"
1944 Donald Duck and the Gorilla story - uncredited
1944 The Three Caballeros story
1945 Cured Duck story
1946 Make Mine Music story
1946 Donald's Double Trouble story
1946 A Feather in His Collar writer
1946 Wet Paint story
1947 Sleepy Time Donald story
1947 Donald's Dilemma story
1948 Donald's Dream Voice story
1950 Pluto's Heart Throb story
1950 Crazy Over Daisy story
1950 Trailer Horn story
1953 Working for Peanuts story
1954 Spare the Rod story
1954 Dragon Around story
1954 The Flying Squirrel story
1955-1957 The Mickey Mouse Club Himself - Performer
1956 Jack and Old Mac story
1956 A Cowboy Needs a Horse story
1956-1971 The Magical World of Disney writer
special material: "Disney on Parade"
1960 Gala Day at Disneyland Himself - in parade riding make-believe donkey

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