Chadwick Boseman, Kristen Bell and more to be honored as Disney Legends

Ahead of the 2022 edition of the D23 Expo, which kicks off next month, The Walt Disney Company has confirmed the names of 14 people who will be honored as Disney Legends during their special event. Among those confirmed to receive the honor will be plenty of Frozen cast including Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel, as well as late Marvel star Chadwick Boseman. Disney awards Disney Legends a two-foot-tall bronze sculpture with bronze hand-prints on display at Disney Legends Plaza at the company’s Burbank headquarters. Check out the full list of honorees below.

“For nearly a century, Disney has been entertaining and inspiring people all over the world,” said Bob Chuck, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “I can’t wait to give fans a first look at what we have in store to celebrate our centenary, and how we’re using the occasion to celebrate all the fans and families who have welcomed Disney into their lives.”

The Disney Legends Awards, which will be broadcast as part of the D23 exhibition [LIVE]It will feature musical performances, special guests, and surprises for the audience, including a special performance by cast members from Disney on Broadway productions of Aladdin and the Lion King, as well as a North American tour of Frozen. The D23 exhibition will start on Friday, September 9th.

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson starred and executive produced the Emmy-nominated ABC sitcom blackishHe won seven NAACP Image Awards and earned seven Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations for his role as Andre “Dre” Johnson on the series. He is also an executive produced and appeared in blackish Spinoff series grown nest And the mixed nest.

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Kristen Bell

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Bell lent her voice to the two highest-grossing animated features of all time, Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019) playing Anna. She reprized her role in Frozen Fever (2015), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), and Once Upon a Snowman (2020), along with numerous video games, theme park experiences, and consumer products. Kristen also voiced Priscilla the sloth in the 2016 Academy Award-winning Zootopia and in the upcoming Disney+ series Zootopia+.

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Chadwick Boseman

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In addition to his feature roles as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall, Bosman is best known for joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the African Black Panther superhero. Having appeared in four MCU feature films before his death, Boseman recently received an Emmy nomination for his work on the Disney+ animated series What If…? Posthumous release.

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Robert Coltrane

A fictional Disney character who was instrumental in creating several attractions including Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Most recently, he’s been a major creative force behind some of our most ambitious projects, including Radiator Springs Racers, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and recent expansions of the Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Patrick Dempsey

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Dr. Derek Shepherd was best known to fans in ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy, a role he portrayed for 11 seasons, and other Disney credits include Dempsey Touchstone’s Can’t Buy Me Love (1987), Hollywood Pictures Run (1991), Touchstone’s Sweet Home Alabama (2002) , Brother Bear 2 (2006) with the voice of Kenai, Enchanted (2007), and the upcoming Disney+ movie Disenchanted (2022).

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Robert Price “Bob” Foster

He began his career at Disney in 1956, joining the legal department of Walt Disney Productions. He later served as a member of the Park Operations Committee at Disneyland and was promoted to company secretary and legal counsel in 1958. Two years later, he was appointed assistant secretary of Walt Disney Productions and resident advisor to Disneyland. In 1963, Walt and Roy chose Bob or Disney to head the search for Earth for his top-secret “Project Florida”. Bob has taken extraordinary measures to ensure that the identity of The Walt Disney Company remains confidential while initiating and executing proprietary research and acquisition efforts. He acquired 43 square miles of land for what would eventually become Walt Disney World Resort. Bob was later appointed vice president (legal), secretary, and general counsel for The Walt Disney World Co., and in 1970 was promoted to president of the Buena Vista Land Company. In this role, Bob was responsible for overseeing the development of the resort community at Lake Buena Vista. In 1974, Bob retired from Walt Disney Productions as Vice President of Real Estate.

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Josh Gad

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The Tony Award-winning actor and singer has lent his voice to the beloved snowman Olaf in Frozen, Frozen 2, as well as Frozen Fever (2015), LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights (2016), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), At Home with Olaf (2020) , Once Upon a Time a Snowman (2020), and Olaf Presents (2021). Gad also starred as LeFou, Gaston’s iconic sidekick, in live-action Beauty and the Beast, and in 2020, portrayed Mulch Diggums in Artemis Fowl.

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Jonathan Groff

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In addition to voicing Kristoff in both Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019), Groff has also appeared in the role of Jesse St. Broadway Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Hamilton.

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Don Han

Hahn joined Walt Disney Studios in 1976 and went on to work on Pete’s Dragon (1977), The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), which later produced Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and The Lion King (1994). His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), Maleficent (2014), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

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Doris Hardon

A member of Walt Disney Imagineering since 1979, Doris has served as lead designer, art director, and producer on a variety of groundbreaking projects worldwide including EPCOT Center, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, as well as Disney Cruise Line and Centers Disney entertainment nationwide.

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Idina Menzel

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Idina Menzel lent her voice to Queen Elsa in Frozen (2013) and Walt Disney Animation and reprized the role in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Frozen 2 (2019), along with several animated short films, theme park experiences, and consumer products. Idina also appeared as Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted (2007) and would soon reprise the role in the Disney+ sequel, Frustrated.

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Chris Montang

Chris Montan joined The Walt Disney Company in 1984, and within three years he was appointed Vice President of Music for Motion Picture and Television. In 1997, Variety named him “Music Supervisor of the Decade” after supervising the soundtracks for classic and bestselling films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pretty Woman, Sister Act, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules.

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Ellen Pompeo

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Still leading the longest-running prime-time medical drama in television history, Grey’s Anatomy, audiences stay glued to screens week after week watching Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey.

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Tracy Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross has starred in the groundbreaking ABC comedy series black-ish, where she has also served as a producer and director. She was nominated five times for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2020. Her other Disney TV credits include roles on the Harmonious and Mixed clans, the latter being co-creator and executive producer – The Premise , and Private Practice.

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