Emmy-nominated voice actor, singer-songwriter and writer Will Ryan, recognized for enjoying Willie the Big and Peg-Leg Pete in quite a few Disney animation initiatives in addition to Petrie in Don Bluth’s 1988 characteristic The Land Earlier than Time, died Friday, November 19 at age 72 from most cancers. Ryan, who was additionally at one time president of worldwide animation group ASIFA, was residing in Santa Monica, California on the time of his demise.
Born William Frank Ryan on Might 21, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, the multi-hyphenate expertise started his inventive profession as a singer, teaming up with Phil Baron to type Willio and Phillio within the Seventies, performing usually for radio, TV and in golf equipment. The duo additionally voiced greatest mates Teddy Ruxpin (Baron) and Grubby the Octopede (Ryan) within the e-book & tape collection in addition to the 1986 animated collection The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.
After shifting to California, Ryan started to jot down and document songs for The Walt Disney Firm and commenced his lengthy voice-acting partnership with Disney as Rabbit, Tigger and the singing voice for Eeyore on Disney channel’s Welcome to Pooh Nook (1983) in addition to different Winnie the Pooh cartoons. The identical yr he debuted as Willie the Big and Peg-Leg Pete in Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Ryan lent his vocal abilities to a number of different ’80s cartoon hits, together with G.I. Joe (Rock ‘n Roll), Dumbo’s Circus (Barnaby), DuckTales, The Smurfs, The Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Teen Wolf, The Little Mermaid (Seahorse Herald) and An American Tail (Digit). In 1987, he started his future on Give attention to the Household radio drama/video shorts collection Adventures in Odyssey, for which he carried out over 100 characters (Ryan started his thirty fourth season as a daily on the present this yr).
All through the ’90s, Ryan supplied voices for the collection Garfield and Mates, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat and Braveness the Cowardly Canine (the Duck Brothers), in addition to characteristic movies, specials and video titles together with Thumbelina, Rock-A-Doodle, A Troll in Central Park, A Flintstones Christmas Carol, The Story of Santa Claus and The Pebble and the Penguin. He was a author and consulting producer for The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996), incomes his Primetime Emmy nomination in addition to a WGA Award nomination.
Ryan reprised Willie the Big and Peg-Leg Pete for collection, shorts and specials within the new millennium, together with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, for which he shared an ensemble award from Behind the Voice Actors in 2014, and 2021 collection Mickey Mouse Funhouse. His 2000s voice credit additionally embrace Hello Hello Puffy AmiYumi, Looney Tunes: Again in Motion and visitor spots on Household Man and Marvel Showzen.
As a songwriter, Ryan earned two Gold Data from the R.I.A.A., a Pioneer Award from BMI and an Annie Award nomination for the observe “The Elmo Aardvark Music.” His band, Will Ryan & The Cactus County Cowboys launched 5 CDs, and he wrote over 100 songs for Disney and the Jim Henson Firm. He additionally penned a variety of books, together with Duke and Me and The Tiny Little E book of Cowboy Haiku.
Ryan is survived by his spouse, Nancy Niparko Ryan, and siblings Patty Ryan, Marsha Ryan Russo and George Ryan.