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“I was miserable”: Dave Hollis, Disney’s Most Successful President, Revealed Why He Left the House of Mouse Before Passing Away at Just 47

“I was miserable”: Dave Hollis, Disney’s Most Successful President, Revealed Why He Left the House of Mouse Before Passing Away at Just 47

One of the factors behind Disney’s colossal rise in the movie industry was its former president Dave Hollis, who guided the House of Mouse for 17 years before quitting. Under his leadership, the company witnessed its heyday, as Disney products became a dominant force at the global box office.

Before Disney’s merger with Fox, Dave Hollis finally stepped down from his position, which shocked the Distribution community. And before his unfortunate demise, the author revealed the real reason behind his exit from the company after being at its forefront for 17 years.

Former Disney President Dave Hollis
Former Disney President Dave Hollis

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Dave Hollis was in a bad frame of mind during his tenure at Disney

Despite earning millions of dollars under his belt and the most recognition in his career, Dave Hollis chose to quit the company, as he wasn’t in a great frame of mind. With projects pumping out at a furious rate, Hollis found himself stuck, even though he was garnering colossal success. And as a result, the author eventually decided to leave Disney and support his wife’s multimedia empire and eventually follow his dream of writing books. He wrote,

“I got the biggest bonuses of my life, the most recognition of my career, and was the envy of others who had to work harder to do a similar job at other studios; and yet because of that contrast, I was miserable. In what many saw as a crazy move, I quit. In a leap of faith, we made the decision to move our family from LA to a small town just south of Austin, Texas.”

Hollis went on to write a self-help book Get Out of Your Way, and followed it up with his second self-help book Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant For.

Dave Hollis and Rachel Hollis
Dave Hollis and Rachel Hollis

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Rachel Hollis shared the tragic news of Dave Hollis’ unfortunate death

Although the writer initially left the company to help his wife Rachel Hollis with her media company, the couple eventually parted ways in 2020 after years of trying to keep their marriage afloat. But despite their marital issues, both of them continued to have a healthy partnership and on the past Sunday, Rachel Hollis took to Instagram to share the devasting news of her ex-husband.

“We are devasted, I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids up in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable”.

Former Disney President Dave Hollis
Dave Hollis

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Source: Deadline

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 300 articles.