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Robert Downey Jr. Among 11 New Disney Legends to be Honored at D23 Expo

Walt Disney Firm Chairman and CEO Bob Iger introduced the newest crop of Disney Legends this morning on Good Morning America. The group of 11 new inductees, which includes Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. and the voice of Darth Vader, James Earl Jones, along with singer/actress Bette Midler and GMA anchor Robin Roberts, will be honored at the upcoming 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA on August 23.

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As well as to Downey, Jones, Midler and Roberts, the new Disney Legends embrace Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 32-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company. The primary Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Canine, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Since then, 289 Disney Legends have been named, including both past and present contributors to Disney’s historical past. Among the various skills, Disney Legends embrace Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Marty Sklar, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, George Lucas, animator Glen Keane and Imagineer Tony Baxter.

Right here’s a video of Iger’s announcement of this yr’s Disney Legends:



Hosted by Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in Corridor D23 of the Anaheim Convention Middle. The honorees will receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Firm. Disney Legends Award recipients may even take part in a handprint ceremony at the top of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served foundation and is included in the worth of a ticket to D23 Expo 2019.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 can be found for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for youngsters three–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Membership can buy tickets for $77 for a one-day grownup admission and $59 for youngsters 3–9. For extra info on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, go to D23Expo.com.

The 2019 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) together with their achievements are:

WING CHAO For 37 years at Disney, Wing T. Chao played 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, architecture, and design. He also developed and built tasks, including resort lodges, parks, cruise ships, leisure venues, water points of interest, convention and exhibition centers, sports activities stadiums, eating places, retail spaces, leisure complexes, office areas, and two new-town communities, at The Walt Disney Firm’s properties in California, Florida, Hawai‘i, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and other places worldwide.

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is a two-time Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner who has appeared in more than 80 movies. Downey has embraced each dramatic and comedic roles, together with his Disney debut in the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog. After quite a few standout performances, he then went on to assist launch Marvel Studios together with his efficiency as Tony Stark, Iron Man. His position has spearheaded the blockbuster franchises Iron Man and Avengers, for which he’s starred in three Iron Man films, The Unimaginable Hulk (2008), Captain America: Civil Conflict (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); and four Avengers movies, including 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. He’ll subsequent star in 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 started his profession with appearances in movie and television and has since turn into one in every of Hollywood’s most profitable producers and directors. His first roles included appearances on TV exhibits comparable to Seinfeld and Associates, however his huge break got here with the Miramax indie film Swingers (1996), for which he wrote the screenplay, starred, and co-produced. His directing credits embrace Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), the live-action remake of The Jungle Ebook (2016), and this yr’s reimagining of The Lion King. Jon also made appearances in several Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as Tony Stark’s loyal bodyguard, Pleased Hogan. As an government producer for Marvel Studios, John holds credits on such movies as Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Avengers: Infinity Conflict (2018). He has also voiced characters for Disney tv exhibits and feature films, together with Hercules (TV, 1999), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV, 2000), G-Pressure (2009), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV, 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 As 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 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 around the globe, including recurring vocal performances as Darth Vader for Star Tours: The Adventures Proceed. Other 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 (2000), and because the superstar narrator for the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland. Audiences also acknowledge the actor’s basso profundo as that of Mufasa in The Lion King (1994), a task James Earl returned to in The Lion King 2: Simba’s Satisfaction (1998), The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015), and this summer time’s reimagining of The Lion King.

Bette Midler

BETTE MIDLER When the Disney studio set out to broaden the breadth of its film manufacturing with Touchstone Footage, it was Emmy, Grammy®, Golden Globe, and Tony winner Bette Midler who helped paved the way 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 Massive Enterprise (1988). Touchstone’s 1988 drama Seashores not solely proved to be a smash with audiences, however it additionally included Bette’s platinum-selling rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Different Disney movies adopted, including Stella (1990) and Scenes from a Mall (1991), in addition to a memorable vocal performance as the spoiled poodle Georgette in Oliver & Firm (1988). Bette is well-known to Disney audiences for her position as the witchy Winifred within the perennial Halloween basic Hocus Pocus (1993). She also starred in The Lottery (1989), a short movie produced for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Florida for visitors 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 special Disney’s Totally 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 High in 1990. In 1992, Kenny directed his first function movie, the beloved Disney musical Newsies, which was followed, in 1993, by the Halloween favourite Hocus Pocus. In 2006, he helmed the Disney Channel smash hit High Faculty Musical, and the success of the primary movie would deliver him again to direct—and choreograph—the sequels High Faculty Musical 2 (2007) and High Faculty Musical 3: Senior Yr (2008). Kenny also produced and staged the High Faculty Musical: The Live performance tour, as well as the Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Best 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 3, which can be launched this summer time.

BARNETTE RICCI began her profession with The Walt Disney Firm as a choreographer at Disneyland. In the late 1960s, Barnette created and directed Youngsters of the Kingdom before happening to choreograph and direct many parades, together with Christmas parades, America on Parade, and the Essential Road Electrical Parade. She worked on the grand openings of Walt Disney World, EPCOT Middle, and Tokyo Disneyland and directed fashionable stage exhibits reminiscent of Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland and the Diamond Horseshoe Revue within the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Perhaps her largest challenge to date is the creation of Fantasmic! Debuting at Disneyland in 1992, the production combines state-of-the-art particular effects 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 Special Events. After more than 40 years with The Walt Disney Company, Barnette retired in 2013.

ROBIN ROBERTS In 1990, Robin joined ESPN and would shortly turn into a frequent contributor to the network’s programming. In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL Primetime and hosted SportsCenter and In the Recreation with Robin Roberts. Robin started making appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) in 1995, and in 2005 left ESPN to be a part of the present full-time as co-anchor. Since joining GMA, the present has gained four Emmys for Excellent Morning Program. For ABC, Robin has hosted In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, as well as ABC’s pink carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, and has created unique broadcast and digital programming for the network by way of her manufacturing company, Rock’n Robin Productions. In 2007, Hyperion publishing released Robin’s first guide, From the Coronary heart: Seven Guidelines to Reside By. Among Robin’s many awards are the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, membership in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and being named certainly one of Glamour‘s Ladies of the Yr.

DIANE SAWYER is an ABC News anchor, tackling a number of the largest problems with our time with unique reporting, primetime specials, long-form interviews, and in-depth investigations. One of the respected journalists on the earth, she has traveled the globe delivering breaking news stories, and has carried out interviews with virtually each major newsmaker of our time. Her primetime documentaries have gained essential approval for shedding mild on troublesome and beforehand under-reported subjects, including 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 Association; 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 television news, 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 submit until taking up the World Information anchor chair in December 2009.

MING-NA WEN can at present be found saving the day as Agent Melinda Might, aka “The Cavalry,” on the ABC collection Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ming-Na can also be recognized for her seven years enjoying Jing-Mei Chen on ER. She found success on the large display when she appeared within the acclaimed Hollywood Footage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Pleasure Luck Membership. Five years later, she would find animation immortality because the title star of the Disney basic Mulan, a task for which she would receive an Annie Award. Ming-Na returned to the position of heroic Fa Mulan in a slew of tasks, together with an animated sequel, video games Kingdom Hearts II and Disney Infinity, on tv’s Home of Mouse and Sofia the First, and in the Walt Disney Animation Studios movie Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). Ming-Na has been well known to audiences for her tv tasks, including 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 more than 160 tasks which, mixed, have grossed more 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. As well as to his long listing of credit, including notable tasks similar to Gladiator and The Dark Knight trilogy, Hans has had an incredible historical past with The Walt Disney Company. 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 score for The Lion King (1994) was followed by many memorable tasks, including Crimson Tide (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), The Rock (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), King Arthur (2004), and Iron Man (2008). Hans is the guiding pressure 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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