Jimmy MacDonald Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Shubhra Mishra
Feb 08, 2024 By Shubhra Mishra
Originally Published on Feb 07, 2023
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About Jimmy MacDonald

John James MacDonald was also known as Jimmy MacDonald.

Born on May 19, 1906, in Crewe, Cheshire, he was famous for directing sounds and voice effects. He was a British voice actor, conductor, sound effects artist, musician, and animator.

Jimmy became the first head of the Walt Disney Studios' sound effects division. He was a voice actor and created sound effects for many Disney cartoons like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Dopey, Lambert, Bruno, and many more. He was the second official Mickey Mouse voice actor from the '40s until the '70s. MacDonald was an actor famed for his roles in The Black Hole (1979), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Cinderella (1950). He died on February 1, 1991, in Glendale, California, USA.

Jimmy MacDonald's Net Worth, Earnings and Spending Habits

What was Jimmy MacDonald's net worth?

The estimated net worth of Jimmy Macdonald was $1-5 million.

How much did Jimmy MacDonald earn per year?

Jimmy Macdonald died on February 1, 1991. Information about his yearly income needs to be made available.

Height, Age and Physical Attributes

How tall was Jimmy MacDonald?

The information about his height is not available.

How old was Jimmy MacDonald?

John James MacDonald was 84 years old when he died in 1991.

Childhood And Education

Jimmy MacDonald was a foley artist, musician, voice actor, conductor, and animator. His parents were Minnie Hall and Richard William MacDonald, and he was born on May 19, 1906, in Crewe, Cheshire. When MacDonald was a month old, his family moved to America. He and his family settled in Pennsylvania.

When MacDonald was young, he got a job playing music for the Dollar Steam Ship Lines. In 1934 this job allowed him to record music for a Disney animation. He then won a long-term deal with Disney and was appointed head of the sound division.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Jimmy MacDonald's partner?

MacDonald married Sarah Roberta Cullen in 1936. He remained married until he died in 1991.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For

Jimmy MacDonald was a sound effects artist, voice actor, musician, and animator. He was born in 1906 and got work as a musician with the Dollar Steam Ship Lines. It allowed him to record music for a Disney cartoon in 1934. He then won a long-term contract with Disney and rose to the position of sound department head.

He made several unique devices and inventions in 1941 for 'Dumbo'. MacDonald created expressive sounds for figures like Casey Jr., the circus train engine.

MacDonald added vocal effects, such as Kirk Douglas' on-screen humming in '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' (1954).

At one point, MacDonald performed the voice of Goofy, a Disney cartoon. It was on the Disney record album 'Donald Duck and His Friends' from the '60s. He was able to oversee and create vocal effects for animated shorts like 'Timber,' 'Honey Harvester,' 'African Diary,' and many more. He had access to many different instruments. Hanna-Barbera and UPA used several of his sound effects, including those from 'Timber,' in their cartoons. It is still in their sound libraries today.

Until his retirement in 1976, MacDonald provided the voice of Mickey Mouse, a character in a Disney cartoon. He was the second official Mickey Mouse voice actor from the '40s until the '70s. Jimmy directed the voice for Bruno, the dog in 'Cinderella', the Dormouse in 'Alice in Wonderland', Lumpjaw in 'Fun and Fancy-Free', and the howling of the dogs in the pound in 'Lady and the Tramp.' He also voiced the wolf in 'The Sword in the Stone' and the hyena in 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' (1971).

What awards did Jimmy MacDonald win?

John James MacDonald won Winsor McCay Award in 1985 for his contribution as a sound effects artist.

Other Interesting Jimmy MacDonald Facts And Trivia

  • MacDonald was a drummer for the Jazz Band Firehouse Five Plus Two. He intermittently performed with the group from its beginning until its dissolution in the early '70s.
  • He was born with British nationality and died with American nationality.

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Minnie Hall, Richard William MacDonald
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Written by Shubhra Mishra

Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration specializing in Event Management

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Shubhra MishraBachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration specializing in Event Management

Shubra is a travel writer with three years of experience in writing. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Amity University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management from the National Institute of Event Management. She also has a Master's degree in Business Management from Graphic Era Deemed to be University and is a regular content creator on her travel blog's YouTube channel. Shubra is based in Lucknow and is passionate about exploring new destinations and sharing her experiences with her readers.

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