Clarence Nash

Biography

Beginning his Career Nash made a name for himself in the late 1920s as an impressionist for KHJ, a Los Angeles radio station, on their show, The Merrymakers. He later was employed by the Adohr Milk Company for publicity purposes. Dubbed "Whistling Clarence, the Adohr Bird Man", Nash rode the streets with a team of miniature horses and gave treats to the children. In 1932, Nash happened by the Disney Studio with his team of horses, and decided to leave a copy of his Adohr publicity sheet with the receptionist. As it turns out, his name was recognized from a reprise appearance on The Merrymakers a few days previous, and Walt Disney himself had been impressed by Nash's vocal skills. He was asked to make an informal audition. Donald Duck Nash went through several of his voices, and Walt Disney happened by when Nash gave his impersonation of a family of ducks. Disney declared Nash perfect for the role of a talking duck in their upcoming animated short, The Wise Little Hen. The duck, of course, was Donald Duck, who Nash went on to voice for more than 50 years, in over 120 shorts and films. The last film to feature Nash's famous voice was Mickey's Christmas Carol, released in 1983. Donald Duck went on to become one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world, and a great part of this was due to Nash's distinctive voice. It may well be one of the most recognizable character voices in history. The voice is distinctive both for its ducklike quality and the fact that it is often very difficult for anybody to understand, especially when Donald flew into a rage (which happened fairly often). To keep Donald's voice consistent throughout the world, Nash voiced Donald's voice in all foreign languages the Disney shorts were translated to, meaning Donald retained his same level of incoherency all across the globe. Other Disney Characters In addition to Donald's voice, Nash also voiced Daisy Duck (in her earliest appearances, when she was little more than a female version of Donald, temper and all), as well as Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Nash also provided the meows of Figaro the kitten in a handful of shorts. Later Years -Macho Duck When Disney shut down their shorts department in 1962, Nash continued to voice Donald in various projects over the next two decades, notably performing the song "Macho Duck" on the Mickey Mouse Disco album in the 1970s. (Contrary to popular belief, however, Nash did not perform the duck voice for Rick Dees's "Disco Duck") -Mickey's Christmas Carol Nash's final performance as Donald in Mickey's Christmas Carol made Donald the only character in the film to be voiced by his original actor. -Children's entertainment In the late 1970s, Nash was known for often taking walks in the neighborhood around Fremont Elementary School in Glendale, California, entertaining children with his Donald Duck voice. Death Clarence Nash died in 1985 of leukemia and was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. The tombstone of the grave he now shares with his wife Margaret Nash (who died in 1993) depicts a carving of Donald and Daisy Duck holding hands.

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The Adventures of André and Wally B.

Andre (archive sound) (uncredited)

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Mickey and the Beanstalk

Donald Duck (voice)

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The Hockey Champ

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey Mouse in Living Color

Donald Duck / Kitten / Cat Judge (voice)

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The Band Concert

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Trailer

Donald Duck (voice)

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The Simple Things

Seagull (voice)

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Donald's Golf Game

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice) (uncredited)

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Tugboat Mickey

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Starring In
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Once Upon a Studio

Donald Duck (voice) (archive sound)

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Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse

Donald Duck (segments 'Pluto's Christmas Tree' / 'Mickey's Christmas Carol') (voice) (archive footage)

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Mickey Mouse in Living Color

Donald Duck / Kitten / Cat Judge (voice)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Donald Duck (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)

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Jiminy Cricket's Christmas

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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The Adventures of André and Wally B.

Andre (archive sound) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Christmas Carol

Nephew Fred / Donald Duck (voice)

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The Fox and the Hound

Bear (snarling) (voice) (uncredited)

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The Small One

Small One (voice) (uncredited)

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101 Dalmatians

Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald Duck and his Companions

Donald Duck (voice)

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mars and Beyond

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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A Day In the Life Of Donald Duck

Donald Duck (voice) / Himself

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Chips Ahoy

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Bearly Asleep

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Beezy Bear

Donald Duck (voice)

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Grand Canyonscope

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Dragon Around

Donald Duck (voice)

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The New Neighbor

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Don's Fountain of Youth

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice)

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The Simple Things

Seagull (voice)

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Pluto's Christmas Tree

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Trick or Treat

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice)

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Pluto's Party

Mickey Mouse (uncredited)

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Let's Stick Together

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Tom and Jerry - Whiskers Away Full 10 episode version

Little Quacker / Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

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Lambert the Sheepish Lion

Lambert's Meows (voice) (uncredited)

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Out of Scale

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Corn Chips

Donald Duck (voice)

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Trailer Horn

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Chip 'n' Dale: Trouble In A Tree

Donald Duck (voice)

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Love Happy

Vocal Effects (voice) (uncredited)

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All in a Nutshell

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Winter Storage

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Pluto's Sweater

Figaro (voice)

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod's horse (voice) (uncredited)

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So Dear to My Heart

Vocal Sound Effect (uncredited) (voice)

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Mickey and the Seal

Donald Duck

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Inferior Decorator

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Pluto's Purchase

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Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 4: Starring Chip 'n Dale

Donald Duck (voice)

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Mickey and the Beanstalk

Donald Duck (voice)

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Fun and Fancy Free

Donald Duck (voice)

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Figaro and Frankie

Figaro (voice) (uncredited)

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Chip an' Dale

Donald Duck (voice)

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Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Three (1947 - 1950)

Voice over

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Song of the South

Mr. Bluebird (voice) (uncredited)

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Bath Day

Figaro (voice) (uncredited)

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Make Mine Music

Ivan the Cat (voice) (uncredited)

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The Three Caballeros

Donald Duck (voice)

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The Flying Jalopy

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's Tire Trouble

Donald Duck (voice)

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Saludos Amigos

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Der Fuehrer's Face

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Bellboy Donald

Donald Duck (voice)

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Mickey's Birthday Party

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Bambi

Bullfrog (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

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Early to Bed

Donald Duck (voice)

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The Reluctant Dragon

Himself (Voice Artist)/Donald Duck (voice)

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Canine Caddy

(voice)

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Old MacDonald Duck

Donald Duck (voice)

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Chef Donald

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mr. Duck Steps Out

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Tugboat Mickey

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's Dog Laundry

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Pinocchio

Roughhouse Statue / Donkeys (voice) (uncredited)

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Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection Volume 2

Little Quacker / Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

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Bone Trouble

Bird Chirps (uncredited)

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Sea Scouts

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Beach Picnic

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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The Hockey Champ

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's Cousin Gus

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Surprise Party

Pluto (voice) (uncredited)

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Bachelor Mother

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's Golf Game

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Trailer

Donald Duck (voice)

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Boat Builders

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Joy of Living

Donald Duck (uncredited) (voice)

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The Whalers

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's Nephews

Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice) (uncredited)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Birds (voice) (uncredited)

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Clock Cleaners

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Hawaiian Holiday

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Lonesome Ghosts

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Magician Mickey

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Moose Hunters

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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The Worm Turns

Spider / Cat (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Amateurs

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Alpine Climbers

Donald Duck / Eagle (voice) (uncredited)

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Thru the Mirror

Nutcracker Tool (voice)

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Elmer Elephant

Joey Hippo (voice) (uncredited)

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Moving Day

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Orphans' Picnic

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Polo Team

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 6: Extreme Music Fun

Donald Duck (voice)

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The Golden Touch

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The Band Concert

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Fire Brigade

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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On Ice

Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Mickey's Garden

Stag Beetle (voice)

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The Wise Little Hen

Donald Duck / Peter Pig (voice) (uncredited)

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