Dates: January 20th – 22nd, 2023
Hours: January 20th – 3:00 PM (2:30 PM VIP) – 8:00 PM
Hours: January 21st – 10:00 AM (9:30 AM VIP) – 6:00 PM
Hours: January 22nd – 10:00 AM (9:30 AM VIP) – 5:00 PM
Location: Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South – 4955 Kyngs Heath Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
***STILL MORE TO COME***
Don Yesso Born in Louisiana, Yesso attended at Louisiana State University and worked as a high school football coach in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when he met director Hugh Wilson in a Los Angeles airport. The two struck up a friendship and Wilson offered him a part in the upcoming TV series “Frank’s Place; from there began his career in the world of entertainment, and worked in many films and series Tv. Today lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and opened an exercise studio named Yoglates.
Donnie Dunagan Donald “Donnie” Roan Dunagan (born August 16, 1934) is an American former child actor and retired United States Marine Corps major. He is best known for portraying the young son of Baron Frankenstein in Son of Frankenstein and for providing the voice of young Bambi in Bambi (1942).
Dunagan was born in San Antonio, Texas, but his family soon moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they struggled with poverty. There at the age of three-and-a-half he won a talent contest prize of $100. Spotted by a studio talent scout, the family moved to Hollywood, where Dunagan appeared in a series of films and soon became his family’s main breadwinner. After he provided the voice for the young fawn in Walt Disney’s Bambi, he retired from acting.
By the age of 13, Dunagan was living in a boarding house and working as a lathe operator. In 1952, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He became the Marines’ youngest-ever drill instructor and served three tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded several times, before finally retiring in 1977 with the rank of major.
For his service he received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Dunagan kept his acting career a secret while serving in the Marines but in 2004 he was located and exhaustively interviewed by horror film historian Tom Weaver in a special “Donnie Dunagan issue” of Video Watchdog magazine. Dunagan is retired and is currently living in San Angelo, Texas, with his wife.
Peter Behn was born on 24 October 1934 in Prescott, Arizona to Harry Behn (1889-1973), a screenwriter and children”s author, and his wife Alice Behn (née Lawrence, 1905-1989).
He is best known for providing the voice of the young Thumper in the film Bambi. His family lived in Arizona and Greenwich, Connecticut. After graduating, he went onto attend Yale University and serve two years in the United States Army.
Though a small role, the character Thumper and the movie Bambi are cultural icons, giving Behn immortality among Disney fans of all generations. Behn appeared in a documentary about the making of Bambi in 1994.
He was 4 years old when he voiced the role. As an adult, Behn moved to Warren, Vermont in 1964, where he worked as a real estate broker.
Behn retired to Park City, Utah in 1997, where he lives in a passive solar home.
Vinessa Shaw Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw is an American film actress and model. She began her career as a child actor, and had her break-out role in Disney’s 1993 Halloween comedy-fantasy film Hocus Pocus. Shaw also appeared in Ladybugs (1992) and L.A. Without a Map (1998). While attending Barnard College, Shaw was cast in a supporting role in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), after which she decided to pursue acting into her adulthood. Subsequent roles include in the comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), and the 2006 remake of Wes Craven’s horror film The Hills Have Eyes. She was a supporting cast member in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan, and stars as Dr. Jane Mathis in the 2017 horror thriller Clinical.
Omri Katz Omri Katz is probably best known for appearing on the hit TV shows Dallas (1978) and Eerie, Indiana (1991). He has appeared in many movies, including Hocus Pocus (1993), Matinee (1993), and Adventures in Dinosaur City (1991). He also has made guest appearances on many TV shows. His Israeli parents are Yoram and Rina, and he has an older brother, Michael, and an older sister, Lali.
Mary Gibbs Mary Morgan Gibbs is an American actress. She voiced the human toddler Boo in the Pixar-animated film Monsters, Inc. (2001).
Having been a toddler at the time she was recorded as the voice of Boo in Monsters, Inc., audio crew found it difficult to record her lines because she would run all over the Pixar office. When Pixar’s Inside Out (2015) was in production, the audio recordings of Gibbs’s screams as Boo were reused for baby Riley. One of the production babies listed in the film credits of Toy Story 2 (1999) is Mary. Rob Gibbs, her father, was the story artist for that film.
Gibbs returned to acting in 2022, voicing the character of Jenessa Jensen in the audio-drama series Heroes of Extinction. In January 2022, Gibbs spoke on a panel at the Bakersfield Mouse-Con event about the project alongside other actors and producers of the series: Jason Braden, Isaac Singleton Jr., Jerry Cornell, C. Andrew Nelson, and Joshua C. Shaffer.
Kevin McNally was born on April 27, 1956, in Bristol, England. He grew up in Birmingham where he attended Redhill and Mapledene Junior schools and Central Grammar School for Boys. At the age of 16, he got his first job at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. A year later he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1975 he won the Best Actor Bancroft Gold Medal for his stage performance. McNally’s most notable stage performances in London’s West End include his appearance as Alan Bennett opposite Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van’ and opposite Juliette Binoche in ‘Naked’. He also starred as Richard in Terry Johnson’s ‘Dead Funny’ at the Savoy Theatre.
Since 1976 McNally has been involved in numerous TV productions beginning with his portrayal of the Roman ruler Castor, son of Tiberius, in the acclaimed BBC history series I, Claudius (1976) and his portrayal of Drake Carne in the popular series Poldark (1975). His career on television ascended after his work in Masada (1981) and in the cult TV series Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (1984). During the 1980s and 1990s McNally established himself as a reputable and versatile actor on both the British and American TV. He played a broad variety of leading and supporting characters ranging from the Soviet politician Kirov in Stalin (1992) to homicide detective Jack Taylor in Chiller (1995), and from an insecure son, Alan Hook, in TV series Dad (1997) to a convicted murderer James Hopkin in Bloodlines (2005). His portrayal of Frank Worsley in Shackleton (2002) as well as the role of Harry Woolf in Life on Mars (2006) are among his best known works for television.
In 1977 McNally made his big screen debut as HMS Ranger Crewman in the James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). After having played bit parts in more than twenty feature films, McNally shot to international fame as pirate Joshamee Gibbs, his best known film role, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006). He returned in the role Joshamee Gibbs in the third installment of the ‘Pirates’ franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007).
Kevin McNally has been enjoying a happy family life with Scottish actress Phyllis Logan and his two children. He resides with his family in Chiswick, London, England.
Martin Klebba was born on June 23, 1969 in Troy, Michigan, USA. He is known for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Jurassic World (2015) and Men in Black II (2002). He has been married to Michelle Dilgard since June 18, 2011.
Jason Marsden…You’ve seen him. You’ve heard him. Appearing across platforms such as television, feature film, animation, video games, commercials, talking toys, promotion, narration, and internet; as a result, Mars is affectionately referred to as “That Guy From That Show”.
At age eleven, Jason Marsden relocated from Warwick, RI, to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being an actor. Starting with commercials, on camera and radio, Marsden landed his first recurring role on “General Hospital” as Alan Quartermaine Jr.. Soon after, Mars was cast as Eddie Munster on the 80’s revamp, “The Munsters Today” with John Schuck and Lee Meriwether, in an 86 episode, three season run! Marsden’s career continued to blossom when he joined the cast of the critically respected “Eerie Indiana” (now on Amazon). From there, Marsden continued to work on pilots and series, guest staring and recurring roles, and appearances in feature films through the mid 90s! To name a few, “Blossom”,”Baywatch” “Tales from the Crypt”, “Ally McBeal”, “Will & Grace”, “Just Shoot Me”, and most notably his recurring appearances in “Full House”, “Boy Meets World”, and ultimately joined the cast of “Step by Step”.
In the feature film world; Jason played a young Billy Crystal in Crystal’s directorial debut “Mr. Saturday Night”. In “Fun With Dick and Jane”, Jason botches Jim Carrey’s shoplifting attempt. At age 20, Jason landed the job of a lifetime when Sir Ridley Scott cast him in “White Squall”, opposite Jeff Bridges along with an ensemble of talent. The film shot in 8 countries around the world in 4 months. Recently, Marsden appeared in Steve Taylor’s indie hit, “Blue Like Jazz”.
During his 30 plus years as an actor, Jason built an outstanding legacy in Voice Over. Lending his pipes to hundreds of animated cartoon series, feature films, video games, toys, and counting! Amongst the most popular, Mars is the voice of Goofy’s son, Max, in “A Goofy Movie” and the follow up “Extremely Goofy Movie”, Thackery Binx in “Hocus Pocus”, “Kovu” the rogue lion in “Lion King 2”, Chester McBadbat in “Fairly Odd Parents”, Nermal in “The Garfield Show”, Conrad ‘Duke’ Hauser in “GI JOE: Renegades”, and appearing in episodes of “Ultimate Spiderman”,”Batman: Brave and Bold”, “Avatar: Legend of Korra” to name a few more. A fan fave is Jason’s performance in Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning “Spirited Away”, as Haku the mysterious boy/dragon. Jason absolutely loves working in animation! Getting to working with the talented voice over artists that he used to listen to while watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid is a dream come true! Current projects include: futuristic speedster, Impulse/Kid Flash in DC’s “Young Justice”, “Transformers – Rescue Bots”, “Monsters U”, “Secret Life of Pets”, “DuckTales”, and the popular video game, “Skyrim”.
Marsden currently lives in Nashville, TN. Between gigs, he produces live music events and original web and television content through his company Mars Presents.
Irene Bedard is a Native American actor, director, producer and advocate. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is the daughter of Bruce Bedard and Carol Otton and the granddaughter of David and Irene Ottonfrom the village of Koyuk. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After university, she moved to New York City and was a founding member of the Native American Theater Ensemble, Chuka Lokoli. She has performed on stages including Circle in the Square, Ensemble Studio Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, and the prestigious Joseph Papp Public Theater.
Soon after, she began a career in film and television and has over 100 credits including Lakota Woman for which she was nominated a Golden Globe, Grand Ave produced by Robert Redford, Into The West a Steven Spielberg miniseries, the cult classic Smoke Signals, the voice of Disney’s Pocahontas, which she has most recently reprised in Wreck it Ralph2. She can currently be seen in the Netflix Original series Longmire, Stephen King’s series The Mist for Spike TV, the 444th President of the United States in the Ava Duvernay directed Jay Z Beyonce collaboration, and HBO’s Westworld. Irene has received much critical acclaim for her performances and garnered numerous Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards from such organizations as the Emmy’s, The First Americans In The Arts, American Indian Film Festival, NAMIC VISION AWARDS, Diversity Awards, LA Film Festival, and Sundance Audience Award.
Irene is very honored to be inducted into the 2018 class of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Irene has been honored as an inductee into the Museum of Western Heritage and was the first Native American woman to be inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, has received honorary degrees from Sitting Bull College and the Institute of the American Indian Arts, and the Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of the Arts. She has been Artist in Residence at Vox Box Arts Collective 501(c)(3) in Los Angeles for 20 years. Has co-chaired the Native American Collection of the Art Train and the American Indian College Funds Flame of Hope Gala.
Irene has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tyra Banks Show, Bill Maher, and The Roseanne Barr Show. She has been photographed by Annie Leibovitz and has been featured in Mademoiselle, USA Today, Native Peoples, and was chosen as one of People Magazines 50 Most Beautiful People. She was a guest at the White House Correspondents Dinner during Bill Clinton’s administration.
She currently serves on the American Indian Enterprise and Business Council Board as the Delegate to the White House and U.N., as well as the Special Consul to the U.N. for the Cities of Peace and the World Indigenous Forum where she is currently working to form a Peace Treaty based on the Values formulated by Standing Rock. She served on the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists National Diversity Committee, and also served on the National Task Force in support of VAWA for the National Congress of the American Indians, personally delivering 180,000 signatures to Sentaro Baynor’s office during her attendance of the NIWRC (National Indian Women’s Resource Center) field hearings throughout the United States.
More recently, Irene is honored and humbled to be named Artist in Residence at Perseverance Theater, to follow with her mission and vision statement: To Heal through the Power and Art of Storytelling. She continues working on Grace…And, in the face of hatred, bigotry and outright lies…..
E Pluribus Unum. Out of Many, One. Or as the Lakota say…. Mitakuye Oyasin……We are all Related.
Bret Iwan has loved the legacy and story of Walt Disney for as long as he can remember, but never dreamt he would one day voice Walt’s most iconic character, Mickey Mouse. Iwan decided to pursue his love of art at Ringling College of Art and Design. Shortly after, he moved to Kansas City, to begin a career at Hallmark Greeting Cards. After learning of auditions being held to understudy with the third voice of Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine, Iwan wasted no time submitting his high pitched performance. Since 2009, Iwan has been the official voice of Mickey Mouse, providing the famous falsetto for Disney theme parks around the world, video games, toys, promotional material, game shows, live shows, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2009-2016), Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017-2019), Mickey’s Mixed Up Adventures (2019), and Mickey Mouse Funhouse (2021) television series.
When Iwan is not performing behind the microphone, he continues his passion for design, as well as wood working, restoration, and steam locomotive engineering. Since 2017, Iwan has worked as a steam mechanic, and engineer on several railroads, and is currently building his own steam locomotive, much like Walt Disney did.
The opportunities presented by the role continue to surprise him, and he looks forward to “fillin’ in for the boss” far into the future. Iwan resides in Los Angeles, California.
Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Most frequently referred to as a character actor, Arenberg maintains a flourishing acting career–almost 20 years spanning television, stage and film. Arenberg has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Cradle Will Rock (1999), RoboCop 3 (1993), Waterworld (1995), Bob Roberts (1992), The Apocalypse (1997), Cross My Heart (1987) and the fantasy adventure feature Dungeons & Dragons (2000). Bitten by the acting bug at age eight when he portrayed David in his Hebrew school play, “Killing Goliath”, Arenberg notes that the parable “could be the title of any actor’s chances in this game.” A native Angeleno, Lee attended Santa Monica high school with “brat packers” Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez, and co-wrote a play with Estevez which was directed by Penn. Lee’s first professional job was in 1986 at the Mark Taper Forum in “Ghetto”, a play directed by Gordon Davidson. Within weeks he was cast in three films, including the role of Norton in the feature Tapeheads (1988)opposite Tim Robbins and John Cusack. Guest appearances on television began in 1987 with the hit sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986), and have continued with memorable roles such as the parking space-stealing New Yorker on Seinfeld (1989) and as the murderous rock promoter opposite Katey Sagal and Sam Kinison in Tales from the Crypt (1989), as well as roles on Arli$$ (1996), Friends (1994), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). Arenberg can also be seen in the role of the notoriously huge studio head, Bobby G., on the controversial syndicated comedy Action (1999) opposite series star Jay Mohr. Arenberg names his family and friends as his inspirations, and states that having grown up on Los Angeles’ Westside, he was able to see actors as the parents of friends and classmates, not as just as movie stars. “It also gave me an honest assessment of the industry and what I was getting myself into,” he laughs. He credits “fear of failure” as his main motivation, and admires the talents and creativity of such legendary actors Paul Muni, Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff. Lee also credits much of his development as an actor to his participation in the Actors’ Gang, one of Los Angeles’ oldest theater companies. The Actors’ Gang was founded by Lee in 1981 with Tim Robbins and other friends from UCLA. After 20 years as an actor in the group, Lee recently made his writing and directing debut with Foursome, a play about golf, sex and witchcraft. In his leisure time, Arenberg enjoys golf, cooking, blues harmonica, video games and pitching for his softball team Bubblin’ Crude, which is made up of other actors, many of whom are friends from high school. He is involved with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and other children’s health causes, and animal rights organizations, participating regularly in fund raising efforts on behalf of those charitable causes.
Video recap of some of the 2021 Celebrity Meet & Greets!
If you are planning to attend the House of Mouse Expo and not staying at the Embassy Suites, please know that parking is free for all attendees. There is a daily parking fee for those staying at the hotel.