Roy E. Disney, 79

Nephew of Walt and son of Disney Co. business head Roy O., Roy E. Disney spearheaded the corporate revolt that led to the installation of Michael Eisner, Frank Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the company’s helm. Roy E. then revived Disney’s flagging animation division, turning out a string of massive hits including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Source: Los Angeles Times 12/17/09