September 11, 1892 – Voice Actor, Story Man, and Disney Legend Pinto Colvig is Born
“[Goofy is] the epitome of all the hicks in the world and the easiest to portray. I guess that’s because I’m a corn-fed hick myself.”
On September 11, 1892, Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig was born in Jacksonville, Oregon. The youngest of seven children and a self-professed class clown, Colvig spent his youth performing with carnivals and vaudeville acts. He enrolled in Oregon State College in 1911, taking every spring off to perform with the circus. He quit school in 1913 to join the circus full-time. In 1921, he headed to Hollywood, scoring a job with Mack Sennett, Hollywood’s king of comedy at the time.
In 1930, he came to work at the Walt Disney Studios as a story man, but is well-known and regarded for his vocal range, which was used for several characters, including the Practical Pig in The Three Little Pigs, the grasshopper in The Grasshopper and the Ants (he also wrote the song “The World Owes Me a Living,” with the song now closely tied to Goofy), and his most well-known role, Goofy. Colvig also had two roles in the feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Grumpy and Sleepy. After the release of Snow White, Colvig and Disney had a falling out, which led to Colvig heading to work at Max Fleischer’s studio in Miami. In 1941, he came back to Disney, voicing Goofy for the rest of his time there. Colvig died in 1967, and was honored as a Disney Legend in 1993.