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21 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Mickey Mouse

Like the time he tried to kill himself after he thought Minnie cheated on him.

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2. Originally Mickey was going to be named Mortimer.

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But, Walt's wife, Lillian, nixed the idea saying that it sounded pretentious, and instead suggested the name Mickey.

Eventually a mouse named Mortimer did appear, but as Mickey's enemy in the short Mickey's Rival.


9. Walt was the voice of Mickey from 1928-1946.

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He allegedly had to stop voicing the character after he damaged his voice due to his smoking habit.

Since then, only four other people have gone on to voice Mickey: first Jim MacDonald, followed by Wayne Allwine, and currently by both Bret Iwan and Chris Diamantopoulos.


14. Mickey and Minnie are married according to Walt.

According to the Sept. 30, 1933 issue of Film Pictorial magazine, Walt said:

“In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie. A lot of people have written to him asking this question, because sometimes he appears to be married to her in his films and other times still courting her. What it really amounts to is that Minnie is, for screen purposes, his leading lady. If the story calls for a romantic courtship, then Minnie is the girl; but when the story requires a married couple, then they appear as man and wife. In the studio we have decided that they are married already.”