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Clarence Nash & Donald Duck
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, May 21, 1984
Clarence Nash
Born: December 7, 1904, in Watonga, Oklahoma Territory

Age at the time of the ceremony: 79
Died: February 20, 1985, Burbank, California, age 80

Donald Duck
Released: June 9, 1934, in Silver Lake, California
Age at the time of the ceremony: 50
Clarence Nash and Donald Duck just go together like ham and eggs. Nash had only done one project for Disney before assumimng the voice of the irascable Donald (Walt, of course, did the voice of Mickey), and before long, lesgions of fans were trying to imitate his voice and manners.

Born in the very small town of Watonga, Oklahoma, Nash grew up imitating bird calls, becoming a proficient whistler. Excellent at working crowds on the vaudeville stage, Nash sought fame in Hollywood, and by the mid-1920s, he was doing impressions for The Merrymakers show on Los Angeles radio station KHJ. As "Whistling Clarence, the Ahohr Bird Man" Nash made neighborhood appearances driving a team of miniture horses for the Adohr Farms dairy.

While making a stop at the Disney studio in Silver Lake for Adohr, Nash dropped off his resumé, which caught Disney's attention; he had been a fan of The Merrymakers. While auditioning, Nash ran through all of his duck impressions, one of which struck Disney as being perfect for a new character they were creating named Donald Duck, allthough Nash's first Diney credit is for voicing a giant spider in Gulliver Mickey (released in May, 1934).

Donald Duck made his debut in the short film The Wise Little Hen (released in June, 1934), and he became an instant hit around the world. Nash provided his unique vocalization for Donald in all of the languages Disnay made dubs for at the time.

Donald, of course, was created to be the flip side of Mickey Mouse's character, who was becoming an international symbol of good. Mickey conducts The Band Concert (which played the Chinese in May, 1935) in a tornado but does his best, while Donald flies into all sort of rage and anger — with hilarious results. Nash filled in many supporting roles in these films. He voiced a Kitten and a Cat Judge in Pluto's Judgement Day (released in August, 1935), and voiced the Frogs in The Old Mill (released in November, 1937).

Donald Duck was a very popular character. He appeared in seven shorts in 1936, and nine more in 1937, When it came to be time that Donald got his own series of short films, he was given a girlfriend named Donna in Don Donald (released in January, 1937), Nash provided the voice for her as well. Donna would be made over into Daisy Duck in 1940.

As a solo act, Donald held his own in Donald's Lucky Day (released in January, 1939), Donald's Cousin Gus (released in May, 1939); he even made a loan-out appearance in the comedy Bachelor Mother (released in August, 1939), with Ginger Rogers and David Niven.

Nash did the voice of Pluto in Mickey's Surprise Party, (released in February, 1939), and gave voice to Figaro, the Roughhouse Statue and several Donkeys in Pinocchio (released in February, 1940). A top Donald short is Donald's Dog Laundry (released in April, 1940), and Daisy makes her re-introduction in Mr. Duck Steps Out (released in June, 1940),

We get to see Nash as himself at the Disney studio in The Reluctant Dragon (released in June, 1941). He also did Bullfrogs in Bambi (released in August, 1942). He did the voices for Figaro and Cleo (released in October, 1943), when they were given their own films.

Nash voiced ten Donald Duck shorts in 1941 alone. During the war years, Donald seemed to personify many of the things Americans were thinking and feeling. Classics during this time include: Donald's Snow Fight (released in April, 1942), Der Fuehrer's Face (released in January, 1943), and Donald's Crime (released in June, 1945).

Donald appeared in the "omnibus" films, Saludos Amigos (released in February, 1943), The Three Caballeros (released in February, 1945), and Fun and Fancy Free (released in September, 1947), while Nash whistled Mr. Bluebird in Song of the South (released in November, 1946), and did voices for Chip an' Dale (released in November, 1947), and did Ichabod's Horse in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (released in October, 1949).

Donald continued to be a popular character in theatrical shorts like Rugged Bear (released in October, 1953), and the classic Donald in Mathmagic Land (released in June, 1959), and on television; he appeared on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in 23 episodes from November, 1954, to December, 1971.

Nash's last film doing Donald was Mickey's Christmas Carol (released in December, 1983). He was the subject of the premiere episode of Disney Family Album, aired over The Disney Channel in June, 1984. Nash died of lukemia in February, 1985 at the age of 80. Since then, Donald has been voiced by Nash's personally trained replacement, Tony Anselmo.
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Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Clarence Nash / Donald Duck Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, May 21, 1984. A character as large as Donald Duck needs a large block of cement.
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