Disney Legends Class of 1987
Although MacMurray (born in Kankanee, Illinois) appeared in over 75 films between 1929
and his first Disney feature in 1959, he is probably best remembered as Steve Douglas on
the 1960s long-running TV sitcom My Three Sons. But just before, during and after the
12-year run of My Three Sons (between 1960-1972), MacMurray also starred in seven
live-action Disney films.
Follow Me, Boys! (1966) - portraying Lemuel Siddons, a road musician who settles
down in a small town and volunteers as a scoutmaster. The last production released before the death of Walt Disney, it co-stars a young Kurt Russell (his first of many Disney films).
"I will say the seven pictures I made at the Disney Studio were the pleasantest times I’ve had in the picture business and I’ve been around quite a while." -Fred MacMurray
The Shaggy Dog (1959) - personally cast by Walt Disney himself, MacMurray played Wilson Daniels, the father of a son who turns into a sheepdog. The very first Disney live-action comedy, it was originally intended as the pilot for a possible TV series. The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) - as Ned Brainard, a college professor who invents an anti-gravity substance. MacMurray was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1962 for this role. Originally shot in black-and-white, it was one of the first Disney films to be colorized, for the 1986 video release. Disneyland performer Wally Boag was MacMurray's stunt-double! Bon Voyage! (1962) - as Harry Willard from Indiana, who travels abroad for a once-in-a-
lifetime vacation to Paris, France with his wife and 3 children. Actress Jane Wyman played
his wife along with Deborah Walley, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran as the Willard kids.
Son of Flubber (1963) - returning to the role of Ned Brainard, who perfects a high-bouncing substance. The film also featured actor William Demarest (as Mr. Hummel) who portrayed Uncle Charlie on My Three Sons. Fred MacMurray was inducted as the very first Disney Legend on October 13, 1987. Hundreds of Disney
employees and press representatives gathered at the Burbank studio to honor MacMurray as he arrived, sitting in the back of a 1915 Model T Ford - reminiscent of the one he flew as Professor Ned Brainard in the Disney film The Absent-Minded Professor.
The Happiest Millionaire (1967) - as eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, who hires an Irish immigrant as his butler. The phone booth used in this musical comedy still exists ... it is kept inside Club 33 at Disneyland Park. Charley and the Angel (1973) - playing family
man Charley Appleby, a workaholic but frugal
hardware store owner (during the Great
Depression) who is visited by an angel (played
by Harry Morgan). The comedy also featured
Cloris Leachman as Charlie's wife Nettie,
Vincent Van Patten and Scott Kolden as their
sons, and Kurt Russell as Ray Ferris.
"I think Walt saw himself in Fred to a great extent and Walt saw something about Fred that again was a bigger version of every man. He was one of the most underestimated actors of all time." -Kevin "Moochie" Corcoran (who played MacMurray’s youngest son in The Shaggy Dog)
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