Former Walt Disney Company CEO and son-in-law of Walt Disney, Ron Miller, passed away in Napa, California yesterday at the age of 85. His death comes five years after the passing of his wife, Diane Disney Miller.
Miller served at the Walt Disney Company President and CEO from 1978 – 1984 and was the current president of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Family Museum. He also owned the popular Silverado Vineyards located in Napa.
Current Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger, shared a statement today regarding Miller’s death.
“Everyone at The Walt Disney Company is deeply saddened by the passing of Ron Miller. His life and legacy are inextricably linked with our Company and the Disney family because he was such a vital part of both, as our CEO and Walt’s son-in-law,” said Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger in a statement. “Few people had Ron’s understanding of our history, or a deeper appreciation and respect for our company, and he shared it generously with anyone who wanted to know more. I was fortunate to have known him, and even luckier to have called him a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Bob Iger
While serving at Disney’s President and CEO Miller was the push behind the creation of The Disney Channel, Touchstone Pictures and other company pillars. Other accomplishments include winning an Emmy and being nominated for five others for his work on The Wonderful World of Disney.
Ron W. Miller April 17, 1933 – February 9, 2019