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11 New Disney Legends to Be Inducted at D23 Expo 2019

Robert Downey Jr.

Eleven celebrated filmmakers, performers and leisure innovators will probably be honored as Disney Legends through the D23 Expo 2019. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will probably be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in Corridor D23 of the Anaheim Conference Middle.

“The Disney Legends Award is the very best honor we will bestow; it’s a recognition of expertise, a celebration of accomplishment, and an expression of profound gratitude to the exceptional women and men who’ve made an indelible mark on our firm and our artistic legacy,” stated Iger. “This yr’s honorees have earned a spot in our hearts and our historical past for his or her vital contributions in movie, tv, and our theme parks around the globe.”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 32-year custom of The Walt Disney Firm, and the primary Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Canine, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The award ceremony is simply one of many dozens of spectacular occasions Disney followers can take pleasure in through the three-day D23 Expo.

Honorees obtain a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the creativeness, creativity, and magic they’ve delivered to the Firm. Disney Legends Award recipients may even take part in a handprint ceremony on the finish of the occasion, and their bronzed prints might be displayed within the Disney Legends Plaza on the Firm’s Burbank headquarters. Admission to the ceremony shall be on a first-come, first-served foundation and is included within the worth of a ticket to D23 Expo 2019, out there at D23Expo.com.

The 2019 honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

WING CHAO. For 37 years at Disney, Wing T. Chao performed an important position in designing and creating distinctive and inspirational tasks, value greater than $12 billion, at Disney parks and resorts worldwide. Wing served as vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific Improvement in addition to government vice chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering, the place he oversaw grasp planning, structure, and design. Wing directed improvement groups consisting of Disney Imagineers and most of the world’s most famous architects and designers. He additionally developed and constructed tasks, together with resort inns, parks, cruise ships, leisure venues, water points of interest, conference and exhibition facilities, sports activities stadiums, eating places, retail areas, leisure complexes, workplace areas, and two new-town communities, at The Walt Disney Firm’s properties in California, Florida, Hawai‘i, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and different places worldwide.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner who has appeared in additional than 80 movies. Thought-about one of many business’s most gifted and revered actors, Robert has embraced each dramatic and comedic roles, together with his Disney debut within the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Canine. After quite a few standout performances, Robert then went on to assist launch Marvel Studios together with his celebrated efficiency as Tony Stark as Iron Man. His position has spearheaded the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe, for which he’s starred in three Iron Man movies, The Unimaginable Hulk (2008), Captain America: Civil Struggle (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); and 4 Avengers movies, together with the newest, Avengers: Endgame (2019), which shattered field workplace data and have become the largest-ever movie debut, bringing in $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend. Robert will subsequent star within the title position in 2020’s The Voyage of Physician Dolittle and is in pre-production on the third installment of the profitable Sherlock Holmes franchise.

JON FAVREAU began his profession with appearances in movie and TV and has since turn out to be considered one of Hollywood’s most profitable producers and administrators. Jon’s first roles included appearances on TV exhibits comparable to Seinfeld and Associates, however his massive break got here with the Miramax indie movie Swingers (1996), for which he wrote the screenplay, starred and co-produced. His directing credit embrace Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), the live-action remake of The Jungle Guide (2016), and this yr’s reimagining of The Lion King. Jon additionally made appearances in a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as Tony Stark’s loyal bodyguard, Comfortable Hogan. As an government producer for Marvel Studios, John holds credit on such movies as Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man three (2013), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity Struggle (2018). He has additionally voiced characters for Disney TV exhibits and have movies, together with Hercules (1999), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000), G-Drive (2009), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010–13) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Jon is writing and government producing the live-action Star Wars collection The Mandalorian for Disney+, which can premiere this November.

JAMES EARL JONES began his appearing profession with tv and movie roles, together with appearances in Because the World Turns (1966) and Dr. Strangelove (1964). However the Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor is well-known for his iconic voice appearing, starting with the position of Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). This villainous vocal efficiency was reprised in subsequent Star Wars movies, together with most just lately in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and TV exhibits like Star Wars Rebels (2014–18). His voice may also be heard in Disney Parks across the globe, together with recurring vocal performances as Darth Vader for Star Excursions: The Adventures Proceed. Different Disney credit embrace ABC’s Recess in 1998 because the voice of Santa Claus, narrator for the Disneynature movie Earth (2009), phase host for Fantasia/2000 and because the superstar narrator for the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland. Audiences additionally acknowledge the actor’s basso profundo as that of Mufasa in The Lion King (1994), a task James Earl would return to in The Lion King 2: Simba’s Delight (1998), The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) and this summer time’s reimagining of The Lion King.

BETTE MIDLER When the Disney studio got down to increase the breadth of its movie manufacturing with Touchstone Footage, it was Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Bette Midler who helped cleared the path to field workplace success for the brand new division. She appeared in a string of hit comedies, together with Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless Individuals (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987) and Huge Enterprise (1988). Touchstone’s 1988 drama Seashores not solely proved to be a smash with audiences, nevertheless it additionally included Bette’s platinum-selling rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Different Disney movies adopted, together with Stella (1990) and Scenes from a Mall (1991), in addition to a memorable vocal efficiency because the spoiled poodle Georgette in Oliver & Firm (1988). Bette is well-known to Disney audiences for her position because the witchy Winifred within the perennial Halloween basic Hocus Pocus (1993). She additionally starred in The Lottery (1989), a brief movie produced for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Florida for friends of the park’s Backstage Studio Tour.

KENNY ORTEGA is a multi-award-winning director, choreographer and producer. His first work with Disney was choreographing the TV particular Disney’s Completely Minnie (1988), adopted by Mickey’s 60th Birthday the identical yr, and he would go on to direct three episodes of Touchstone Tv’s Hull Excessive in 1990. In 1992, Kenny directed his first function movie, the beloved Disney musical Newsies, which was adopted in 1993 by the Halloween favourite Hocus Pocus. In 2006, he helmed the Disney Channel smash hit Excessive Faculty Musical, and the success of the primary movie would deliver him again to direct — and choreograph — the sequels Excessive Faculty Musical 2 (2007) and Excessive Faculty Musical three: Senior Yr (2008). Kenny additionally produced and staged the Excessive Faculty Musical: The Live performance tour, in addition to the Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Better of Each Worlds Tour. His different Disney credit embrace directing the 2014 brief The Making of Frozen, The Cheetah Women 2 (2006) and, most lately, the worldwide phenomenon Descendants (2015), Descendants 2 (2017) and Descendants three, which can be launched this summer time.

BARNETTE RICCI began her profession with The Walt Disney Firm as a choreographer at Disneyland. Within the late 1960s, Barnette created and directed Youngsters of the Kingdom earlier than happening to choreograph and direct many parades, together with Christmas parades, America on Parade and the Foremost Road Electrical Parade. She labored on the grand openings of Walt Disney World, EPCOT Middle and Tokyo Disneyland and directed well-liked stage exhibits reminiscent of Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland and the Diamond Horseshoe Revue within the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Maybe her largest undertaking so far is the creation of Fantasmic! Debuting

at Disneyland in 1992, the manufacturing combines state-of-the-art particular results with stay performers alongside the Rivers of America. The present continues a profitable run at Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, and now Tokyo DisneySea. Following Fantasmic!, Barnette moved to The Walt Disney Studios because the vice chairman/present director of Particular Occasions. After greater than 40 years with The Walt Disney Firm, Barnette retired in 2013.

ROBIN ROBERTS In 1990, Robin joined ESPN and would shortly grow to be a frequent contributor to the community’s programming. In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL Primetime and hosted SportsCenter and Within the Recreation with Robin Roberts. Robin started making appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America in 1995, and in 2005 left ESPN to hitch the present full-time as co-anchor. Since becoming a member of GMA, the present has gained 4 Emmys for Excellent Morning Program. For ABC, Robin has hosted Within the Highlight with Robin Roberts: All Entry Nashville, in addition to ABC’s pink carpet protection of the Academy Awards, and has created unique broadcast and digital programming for the community by means of her manufacturing firm, Rock’n Robin Productions. In 2007, Hyperion publishing launched Robin’s first ebook, From the Coronary heart: Seven Guidelines to Stay By. Amongst Robin’s many awards are the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, membership within the Broadcasting & Cable Corridor of Fame, and being named one among Glamour’s Ladies of the Yr.

DIANE SAWYER is an ABC Information anchor, tackling a few of the largest problems with our time with unique reporting, primetime specials, long-form interviews, and in-depth investigations. One of the revered journalists on the earth, she has traveled the globe delivering breaking information studies, and has carried out interviews with virtually each main newsmaker of our time. Her primetime documentaries have gained crucial approval for shedding mild on troublesome and beforehand under-reported subjects, together with her reporting on the realities of poverty in America. Diane’s reporting has been acknowledged with quite a few awards, together with duPonts; Emmys; Peabodys; the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Affiliation; an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award; and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997 she was inducted into the Tv Academy Corridor of Fame. After greater than a decade in tv information, Sawyer joined ABC Information in February 1989 as co-anchor of Primetime. She was named co-anchor of Good Morning America in January 1999, and held the publish till taking up the World Information anchor chair in December 2009.

MING-NA WEN can presently be discovered saving the day as Agent Melinda Might, a.okay.a. “The Cavalry,” on the ABC collection Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ming-Na can also be recognized for her seven years enjoying Jing-Mei Chen on ER. She discovered success on the large display when she appeared within the acclaimed Hollywood Footage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Pleasure Luck Membership. 5 years later, she would discover animation immortality because the title star of the Disney basic Mulan, a task for which she would obtain an Annie Award. Ming-Na returned to the position of heroic Fa Mulan in a slew of tasks, together with an animated sequel, video video games Kingdom Hearts II and Disney Infinity, on tv’s Home of Mouse and Sofia the First, and within the Walt Disney Animation Studios movie Ralph Breaks the Web (2018). Ming-Na has been well-known to audiences for her tv tasks, together with her voice work in Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Milo Murphy’s Regulation, the six-part digital brief Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors and a recurring position in ABC’s Recent Off the Boat.

HANS ZIMMER has scored greater than 160 tasks which, mixed, have grossed greater than $28 billion worldwide. Hans has been honored with an Academy Award, two

Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony Award. Along with his lengthy record of credit, together with notable tasks similar to Gladiator and The Darkish Knight trilogy, Hans has had an incredible historical past with The Walt Disney Firm. His early work for them consists of further music for White Fang (1991) and co-writing music for Cool Runnings (1993). His groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning instrumental rating for The Lion King (1994) was adopted by many memorable tasks, together with Crimson Tide (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), The Rock (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), King Arthur (2004) and Iron Man (2008). Hans is the guiding drive behind the music of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, serving in numerous composing, modifying, and producing capacities for The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Lifeless Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s Finish (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011). Hans composed the music for this summer time’s reimagining of The Lion King.

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