Former Disney chairman and CEO Ron Miller has died at the age of 85. As Walt Disney's son-in-law, he was responsible for the production of touchstone films and the Disney channel. Under his leadership, the Disney company released many daring films.
Mueller died Saturday in napa, California, the Disney family museum announced. He sits on the board of the museum, which was founded in 2009 by his late wife, Diane Disney, the eldest daughter of Walt Disney.
Miller was President of Disney from 1978 to 1983 and chief executive from 1983 to 1984.
He gave the green light to trailblazing computer-animated films "tron" (1982), Tim burton's early shorts "Vincent" (1982) and "frankenstein" (1984), and won the rights to Gary k. wolff's 1981 mystery novel "who censored Roger rabbit". It was eventually made into who framed Roger rabbit (1988).
Under miller's direction, he also produced Disney classics such as "crazy Friday" (1976), "castle" (1977), "dragon" (1977) and "black hole" (1979). He is also an executive producer on adventures in devil's mountain (1975), the rescuers (1977), fox and the hound (1981) and legend of the black pan (1985).
Miller was also nominated for six emmys for his role in the family drama "Walt Disney world," and appeared in the 2001 official Disney documentary "walt: the man behind the myth."