June 10, 1949 – Birth of Disney Legend Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran
“…kids in the audience related more to Corcoran, who created a character who was part All-American boy and part hellion.” – Film Writer Donald Liebenson.
Born on June 10, 1949, in Santa Monica, California, Kevin Anthony Corcoran began his acting career at the tender age of two. In 1956, Corcoran auditioned for a serial on the Mickey Mouse Club called “Adventures in Dairyland,” and won the role of a character named Moochie, a nickname that would stick with him throughout his career at Disney. He was then cast specially by Walt in the sequel serial, “The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty,” as well as “The New Adventures of Spin and Marty.”
Corcoran also appeared in several popular Disney films, with his only starring role as Toby in Toby Tyler, a film about an orphan who runs away to join the circus. He played supporting roles in Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Pollyanna, Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland, Bon Voyage!, Savage Sam, and A Tiger Walks. Corcoran played the younger brother to actor Tommy Kirk in five Disney films, including Swiss Family Robinson and The Shaggy Dog. Corcoran also voiced Goliath II in the short film of the same name, and was featured in several Disney mini-series and serials, such as Daniel Boone, The Mooncussers, and Johnny Shiloh. After the 1964 film A Tiger Walks, Corcoran mostly retired from acting and attended California State University, getting a degree in theater arts.
Corcoran returned to Disney after college, using his skills behind the camera instead of as an actor, and working as an assistant director and producer on several projects, including Pete’s Dragon. He has also worked as a first assistant director for many television series outside of Disney, including Quantum Leap and Murder She Wrote, also acting as an assistant producer and director on the latter series. Corcoran was inducted as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006, alongside Tim Considine, David Stollery, and Tommy Kirk.