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Friday, April 15, 2016

James MacArthur - my 35th choice as a Disney Legend

James MacArthur was in several live-action Disney films during his teen and young adult years. He was on of the three sons in one of my favorite of all Disney films- Swiss Family Robinson.

His Disney roles included
  •       Johnny Butler/True Son in The Light in the Forest
  •       Rudi Matt in Third Man on the Mountain
  •        David Balfour in Kidnapped
  •        Fritz Robinson in Swiss Family Robinson
  •       Cpl. Henry Jenkins in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episodes Willie and the Yank: The Deserter and Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders
  •      himself in The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic and The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics
  •        the narrator for Swiss Family Robinson: Adventure in the Making.



He is the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes.
Upon his death, Disney historian Jeff Kurtti wrote this of James MacArthur - "In this loss of legacy, the earnest and remarkable performances of a young James MacArthur are inexcusably forgotten—as is the primary connection of this fine actor with the visionary who saw such potential in his nascent talent, Walt Disney."

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