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Priscillano Romanillos, 47, was an animator with Walt Disney Studios and Dreamworks who contributed to "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," and "Mulan."

Born in Zamboanga in the Philippines, Mr. Romanillos grew up in Queens, N.Y. and joined Disney in 1989 where he worked as a trainee on "The Little Mermaid." His other credits include "The Rescuers Down Under," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," "Shrek 2" and "Madagascar."

Mac "The Knife" Foster, 68, the son of Mississippi sharecroppers, rose to become the No. 1 heavyweight boxing contender in 1970, and eventually retired with a 30-6 record.

Standing six feet two inches, Mr. Foster started his boxing career in the Marine Corps where he won 14 service titles in between duty in Vietnam.

He won won 24 straight bouts by knockout and in 1972 went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali in a defeat in Tokyo.

And of course Mau Piailug, 78, once steered a traditional sailing canoe more than 3,000 miles from Hawaii to Tahiti. He was master ocean navigator and could chart his course by the stars, wind, and sun.

One of his admirers called the slight Micronesian "the Yoda of the Pacific."

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 21, 2010; 8:41 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Little Mermaid, Muhammad Ali, Mulan, Pocahontas, Yoda  
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