When Daniel Greene played ‘the lion of the jungle’ in ‘The Lion King’
Aussie actor Daniel Greener has died at the age of 78.
The veteran Australian actor, who was known for his role in the Disney classic The Lion King, died Saturday night at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Gisborne.
A cause of death was not released.
A native of Sydney, Mr Greener starred in numerous films including The Lion’s Den, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Lion Emperor and the first five The Lion Guard movies.
He also wrote and directed many films, including The Last of the Mohicans, The Elephant Man, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera and The Phantom.
Mr Greene appeared in the popular 1980s cartoon series The Lion Kings alongside fellow Australians Daniel Day Lewis and Judy Greener.
In a statement released on Sunday, the family said Mr Greenes death was a huge loss to the Australian film community.
“The family of Daniel Greening would like to offer their condolences to the many friends and colleagues who have lost their lives in this tragic event,” it said.
Mr Day Lewis said he was saddened by Mr Green’s passing.
“I’m sad to hear of the loss of Daniel, a dear friend and colleague who passed away this evening,” Mr Lewis said.
“We have lost a friend, an artist and a role model, who is deeply missed.”
Mr Green, who played the title role in The Lion Kingdom, had a recurring role in Disney’s The Lion and the Elephant movies and in other Disney films including Beauty and the Beast and Winnie-the-Pooh.
He was also an executive producer on Beauty and The Beast.
In an interview with Channel Seven’s The Bolt Report on July 5, 2013, Mr Greens said he had spent most of his adult life “working for Disney”.
He said he worked on several projects including The Jungle Book, the Aladdin and the Lion King movies, and several other Disney projects.
“For the last 25 years, I have been doing this for a living,” Mr Greens told the channel.
“There’s a lot of films out there.
And you work for them all.
But I think the Lion Kingdom is the one that I am most proud of.”
You don’t want to think too much about that [the death of Mr Green] and just think of how sad this is for everybody, including the people who have worked with me over the years.
“Mr Day and Mr Lewis were also among those who were close to Mr Green and his wife.
It was a sad day for him,” he said.