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William Frank "Will" Ryan was an American voice actor, singer, and musician, who was best known for singing about the American West with his band, Will Ryan & the Cactus County Cowboys. He was also well-known for voicing Grubby the Octopede in the Teddy Ruxpin book-and-tape series, as well as the 1986 animated TV show The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin. Additionally, he provided the voice of Frog (alongside Hal Smith as Toad) in various Frog and Toad short films produced by Churchill, as well as Eugene Meltsner, Harlow Doyle, David Harley, and numerous one-shot characters in Adventures in Odyssey since 1987. He also voiced Digit in Don Bluth's 1986 animated film An American Tail and Petrie in The Land Before Time, another Don Bluth movie.

For Disney, he voiced Willie the Giant from 1983 until his death in 2021. He started voicing this character in Mickey's Christmas Carol, where he also voiced Pete. He also voiced Rabbit and Tigger in the Disney Channel's long-running series Welcome to Pooh Corner and in many other Pooh cartoons. He reprised his role as Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (replacing Junius Matthews after his death in 1978). Additionally, he voiced Barnaby the Dog in the live-action/puppet series Dumbo's Circus. In 1985, he voiced Unwin and a hunter in Adventures of the Gummi Bears.

Similar to what Wayne Allwine did for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Will Ryan managed to record all of his lines for some episodes of Mickey Mouse Funhouse before his death.

He also wrote and recorded several songs for Disney in many films and television projects, most notably the album "Goin' Quackers", which he co-wrote with Phil Baron.




  • Will Ryan was thought to have been ten years older than his actual age before his death.


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