Ron William Miller, former President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, President of the Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Family Museum, owner of Silverado Vineyards — and Walt Disney’s son-in-law — has died at age 85.
The future leader of the Disney Company, Miller was born in Los Angeles to Canadian immigrants on April 17, 1933. He attended the University of Southern California (
After USC, Miller played football for the Los Angeles Rams and served in the Army before being recruited by his father-in-law to join the family business.
Miller started working for Disney before he was drafted into the Army as a liaison between WED Enterprises and Disneyland.
After his time in the service, Miller worked on Old Yeller (1957) and his career with the Mouse took off from there. He worked on several television shows as a producer and even directed some segments of the Disneyland television show.
Miller moved over to co-producing several movies for Disney including That Darn Cat! His first full producing credit was in 1968 for Never a Dull Moment. Other producing credits include The Fox and the Hound, Tron, and The Black Cauldron.
In 1978, Miller was named President of Walt Disney Productions and CEO in 1983. Miller’s legacy during his tenure will be the formation of the Touchstone label and launching the Disney Channel.
After leaving the company in 1984, Ron and Diane Disney Miller moved to Napa Valley, California, where they continued running Silverado Vineyards, which they founded in 1981. In 2013, Diane died after 59 years of marriage.
Ron is survived by his children Christopher Miller, Joanna Miller, Tamara Diane Miller, Jennifer Goff, Walter Elias Disney Miller, Ronald Miller, and Patrick Miller; grandchildren Annabelle Rey, Nicholas Runeare, Ryan Scheer, Danielle Durham, Sam Goff, Lily Goff, Charlotte Goff, Sebastian Runeare, Haley Scheer, Reilly Miller, Madeline Goff, William Miller, and Elias Miller; and great-grandchildren Stella Durham, Finley Scheer, and Evelyn and Mason Goff.
Source: The Walt Disney Family Museum
From the team at DSNY Newscast, our thoughts go out to the Miller family. We all are mindful of the wonderful work your father and grandfather did. He truly left a legacy at Disney, which benefits the company to this day…