When reading Walt Disney’s last written words, the skeptic’s eye may focus on that last line in the list of names. The mention of the CIA, combined with the broad and powerful influence a man like Walt Disney must have had during the peak of his fame, leads one to imagine the man involved in a maze of surreptitious spy plots that would probably make for a great movie. The truth, however, is a bit more banal than Cold War espionage in the Happiest Place on Earth.
It turns out that Disney was really excited about a young actor named Kurt Russell, and had plans to put him in movies. “I assume, as [does] everybody else, that he was talking about some movie that he was thinking about having me in,” said Russell, according to Good Housekeeping. “I don’t know what to make of it other than that.”
And as Mouse Planet notes, that was probably exactly the case. Russell starred in a Disney film the same year as Walt’s death, after which he was offered a 10-year contract with the company. Disney must have known that Russell was going to go on to be a star, but there was one thing he had wrong at the time of those final written lines: the actor’s name. The note actually reads “Kirt Russell.” But surely the man who brought to life the legendary Captain Ron could forgive the gaffe.