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Original Mickey Mouse Club Star Lonnie Burr Finds Theater

May 01, 2013

Lonnie Burr's neighbors have no clue who he really is.

The affable 70-year-old and his wife Diane Dickey have lived near downtown Beaverton for four years. He spends his days running errands, hiking the neighborhood's trails for exercise – and occasionally dipping back into the world that once made him famous. 
"I'm a private dude," he said, explaining his reluctance to tell people about his high-profile past. "It's one of the few good things about being a child star – no one knows who I am."

Burr was one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club, a TV and cultural juggernaut in the 1950s. More than half a century later, it can be difficult to believe that this stocky, older man once wore mouse ears and sang and danced on national TV every week. But when Burr launches into the show's "Alma Mater" song in his living room – "Come along and sing our song and join our family: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E" – you can glimpse the twinkly-eyed, fair-haired boy who once romanced Annette Funicello and appeared on the cover of fan magazines. Read More