Stan Lee, Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher will be among those honored as Disney Legends on July 14 at D23 Expo, the official Disney fan event.
They’ll be joined by Oprah Winfrey, the late actor/director/producer Garry Marshall, the late Disney animator Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, the late Disney comics artist Manuel Gonzales, Walt Disney Imagineer Wayne Jackson, and director Julie Taymor.
Established in 1987, Disney Legends is a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to The Walt Disney Company. Previous honorees include actors Fred McMurray, Julie Andrews and Robin Williams, artist Carl Barks and filmmakers George Lucas and Jim Henson.
Lee, who was recognized last fall by Disney Chairman Bob Iger for his 75 years of service to Marvel, began working at the publisher’s predecessor Timely Comics when he was just 18. He of course went on to become its editor-in-chief, publisher and, for much of the 1960s, its most prolific writer, teaming with such artists at Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Don Heck to create such characters as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
Hamill and Fisher are beloved for their iconic roles as Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” saga, characters they revisited in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and again in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Fisher passed away in December at age 60.
Biographies for all of the 2017 class of Disney Legends can be found at D23.com.