Disney Toy Story voice cast now – tragic death, cocaine shame and cancer battle

Disney Toy Story voice cast now – tragic death, cocaine shame and cancer battle

11/22/2021

Toy Story might be a Disney childhood classic, but some of the voice actors involved have had real lives parents would never let their kids see.

First Released on November 22, 1995, Toy Story quickly became a much-loved classic among moviegoers worldwide.

Capturing the hearts of children and adults everywhere, the heart-warming film personified toys by bringing their captivating stories to life.

Released under Pixar studios, the film catapulted the American animated establishment into one of the most notable studios in Hollywood and grossed $373million (£277m) worldwide at the time.

Since the first film, Toy Story has seen three highly successful sequels follow behind it with the film’s ensemble voice cast going on to be one of the most prominent groups of actors in film, television, and beyond.

Tom Hanks as Woody

American actor Tom Hanks was already enjoying a successful period of his career before playing the charismatic cowboy toy Woody in late 1995.

Before the animated flick, Tom had just been named Best Actor at the Academy Awards two years in a row for films Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.

Playing protagonist Woody in all Toy Story movies, Tom has continued to remain relevant and busy in Hollywood and has starred in several other highly credited films since.

The Hollywood legend has also appeared in iconic films like The Green Mile, The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Polar Express and countless others.

In 2001, the actor starred in the film Cast Away which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

Tom's most recent role was in Finch – an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama which was released in November 2021.

Away from the limelight in 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Tom and his wife Rita Wilson suffered from Covid-19.

Speaking about his symptoms he said at the time: "I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway."

Now at the age of 65, Tom has continued to remain a media magnet with his children, Chet, Colin, Elizabeth and Truman all making names for themselves in the entertainment business too.

Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear

After providing the commanding and self-assured voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, already well-known actor Tim Allen went on to have a fruitful career.

As well as portraying the Space Ranger toy in all of Toy Story's sequels the actor remained a fixture of family-friendly entertainment and has starred in classic films like Santa Clause and its sequels.

The legendary actor has also appeared in family movies such as The Shaggy Dog, Wild Hogs, and had various voice roles, including serving as the narrator of Adventures of the Penguin King and Chimpanzee as well as roles in various Disney films.

One of Tim’s biggest and most rememberable roles in recent years was that of Mike Baxter on the ABC/Fox comedy series Last Man Standing. The popular series aired from 2011 until 2021 but finished after 194 episodes.

As well as movies and comedic series Allen is currently the co-host of the History Channel's program Assembly Required alongside his Home Improvement co-star Richard Kern.

Last year, the actor spoke openly about his previous arrest in 1978 at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for the possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lbs) of cocaine.

After serving roughly two-and-a-half years behind bars in his early twenties, the star now lives a life of sobriety and is currently 23 years sober.

Don Rickles as Mr Potato Head

Before starring in Toy Story as grouchy Mr Potato Head, actor, author, and stand-up comedian Don Rickles was a well-established figure in the world of entertainment.

The iconic performer, whose character played an integral part in the Pixar franchise, appeared in one final movie following his death in April 2017.

Don passed away with kidney failure at the age of 90.

But the Toy Story production team still managed to have Don's iconic voice play Mr Potato Head in the 2019 film Toy Story 4, by using archival recordings from previous instalments.

Before his tragic death, performer Don received multiple honours at the Primetime Emmy Awards, The Comedy Awards, and the New York Friars Club for his contributions to the arts.

Jim Varney as Slinky Dog

Actor Jim Varney portrayed the iconic Slinky Dog in Toy Story and captivated the hearts of moviegoers everywhere with his loveable portrayal.

But sadly the star passed away following a short battle with lung cancer in February 2000 at the age of 50.

Jim's unexpected passing happened just a couple of months after Toy Story 2 was released in cinemas.

As well as Toy Story, Jim’s final two performances were in Daddy and Them and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, both of which were released following his death.

After his passing, the role of Slinky Dog was taken over by actor Blake Clark starting with the 2010 release of Toy Story 3.

Jim had been married twice in his life, first to Jacqueline Drew between 1977 and 1983, and then to Jane Varney from 1988 to 1991.

Wallace Shawn as Rex

The neurotic and enigmatic dinosaur toy Rex was played by actor Wallace Shawn in the legendary film.

Since first bringing the green toy to life in the 1995 classic, Wallace has reprised his role in all the theatrical releases of Toy Story, as well as countless shorts including the treasure that is 2012’s Partysaurus Rex.

But away from Pixar and Disney movies, the actor has remained busy with other films like Marriage Story, Rifkin’s Festival, and The Addams Family 2.

Wallace Shawn has also appeared in multiple TV shows in recent years, including Young Sheldon, on which he plays Dr John Sturgis.

While little is known about the 78-year-old's personal life, his longtime partner is writer Deborah Eisenberg, 76.

Wallace's brother is composer and pianist Allen Shawn, and their father William Shawn was a former editor of The New Yorker before he died in 1992.

John Ratzenberger as Hamm

Former Cheers star John Ratzenberger took on the role of Hamm the piggy bank in Toy Story and it became the first of many appearances for the actor.

Throughout the years, the on-screen legend has appeared in popular Pixar titles such as Cars and Inside Out.

Recently he also starred in the 2021 animated Disney+ streaming series Monsters at Work.

In recent years, the actor has taken on smaller and one-off roles on shows like Bob Hearts Abishola, The Goldbergs, and Mom.

In 2020, to help drum up support in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and budget cuts, the star reprised his Cheers role and recorded a public service announcement for the United States Postal Service.

The 74-year-old has been married to Julie Blichfeldt since 2012.

Annie Potts as Bo Peep

American actress Annie Potts played the porcelain doll Bo Peep in Toy Story and the character later became the focal point of the franchise’s fourth instalment 24 years later.

As well as playing the undeniable badass of Toy Story 4, Annie has spent the last few years appearing on popular TV shows like Royal Pains, I Heart Arlo, and Young Sheldon, where she can be seen playing Constance "Connie" Tucker who is better known as Meemaw.

Annie has continued to have a steady career in the film industry too.

In recent years she has starred in movies Humor Me, Happy Anniversary, Arlo the Alligator Boy, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, in which she returns to the franchise as receptionist Janine Melnitz.

Away from the limelight, the mother-of-three is a board member of Stephens College and has been an instrumental fundraiser for the college in recent years.

John Morris as Andy Davis

Playing the loveable Andy Davis, actor John Morris was just a young child star when he auditioned for the role in Toy Story.

Following on from the film's release in 1997, John has appeared in all three sequels as well as various video games and specials in the franchise.

In 2007 the star graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles School of Theater, Film & Television.

Talking more about the characterisations ahead of the release of Toy Story 4 in 2019, John said: "I think what I love most about it is that when you just have your voice and no physical set or costume, you have to completely rely on your imagination.

"I was a lot like Andy, completely imagining new worlds and stories with his toys. Sometimes I would be given some character design to work with, but I didn’t always have that, and I got to just imagine how the scene would go and the animators would build around it."

Now aged 37, John lives in Northern California, and almost all of his acting credits have been Toy Story related.

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