Donald's first TV appearance was on June 9, 1934 in a Silly Symphony episode called The Little Wise Hen. This is why June 9 is recognised as Donald's official birthday. He is six years younger than his best friend Mickey Mouse.
And he's still wearing no pants!
Among Disney's large pool of characters, Donald - full name Donald Fauntleroy Duck - is perhaps the most relatable because of his almost human personality. We've all probably experienced a similar type of envy that Donald has of Mickey's popularity, who doesn't get agitated by even those who may be closest to us as Donald does with his naughty nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and who of us doesn't obsess a little about money as Donald so often does? I'd say we are all as guilty as our good friend Donald the Duck!
But, these flaws are what make him adorable and his friends and family know he's a great guy at heart and that's what matters the most.
Donald was originally voiced by Clarence Nash, who created the character's distinctive speech pattern. After Nash's passing in 1985, his understudy, Tony Anselmo, took over, and has been playing the voice of Donald since then. I personally have a dear friend who could mimic that Donald Duck voice and it was so fun to hear him do it.
So, here's to 80 more great Donald Duck fun years!