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Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc in 1976.
Born May 30, 1908(1908-05-30)
San Francisco, California
United States
Died July 10, 1989 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, United States

Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor. Although he began his nearly six decade long career performing in radio and television commercials, Blanc is best known for his work with Warner Bros. during the Golden Age of American animation (and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions) as the voice of such iconic characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely and hundreds of others. Having earned the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Voices," Blanc is regarded as one of the most gifted and influential persons in his field. [1] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (782x1130, 501 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mel Blanc ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... “WB” redirects here. ... The Golden Age of American animation is a period in American animation history that began with the advent of sound cartoons in 1928 and lasted into the 1960s when theatrical animated shorts slowly began losing to the new medium of television animation. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... Foghorn Leghorn is the name of a character appearing in numerous Warner Brothers animated cartoons, especially Looney Tunes. ... For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... Barney Rubble. ... Cosmo G. Spacely is a fictional character in the animated series The Jetsons, voiced by Mel Blanc. ...

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Biography

Early years and radio work

Born in San Francisco, California to Jewish parents, he grew up in Portland, Oregon, attending Lincoln High School. At 16, he changed the spelling of his last name, from "Blank". Blanc in 1927 began his radio career as a voice actor on the KGW program The Hoot Owls, where his ability to create voices for multiple characters first attracted attention. Blanc moved to sister station KEX in 1933 to produce and host his Cobweb And Nuts program. “San Francisco” redirects here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Abraham Lincoln High School (generally known simply as Lincoln) is a secondary school located in Portland, Oregon. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... KGW (Northwest NewsChannel 8) is an NBC affiliate serving the Portland, Oregon area. ... Kansai Commodities Exchange (KEX) is a futures exchange based in Osaka, Japan. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Moving in 1935 to Warner Bros. owned KFWB in Hollywood, California where he joined The Johnny Murray Show. Then in 1936 to CBS Radio and The Joe Penner Show. He was a regular beginning in 1937 on the NBC Red Network show The Jack Benny Program in various roles, including Benny's automobile (a Maxwell in desperate need of a tune up), violin teacher Professor LeBlanc, Polly the Parrot, Benny's pet polar bear Carmichael, the tormented department store clerk as well as the train announcer (see below). 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... “WB” redirects here. ... KFWB is a Los Angeles, California AM radio station operating on 980 kHz with 5,000 watts of power from a transmitter site near Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, California. ... ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Joe Penner (11 November 1904 - 10 January 1941) was a 1930s-era radio and film comic and vaudevillian. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... -1... The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, was a radio-TV comedy series which ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century comedy. ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... The Maxwell was a brand of automobiles manufactured in the United States of America from about 1903 to 1925. ... This article is about the animal. ...


Blanc's success on The Jack Benny Program led to his own radio show on the CBS Radio Network, The Mel Blanc Show, which ran from September 3, 1946 to June 24, 1947. Blanc played himself as the hapless owner of a fix-it shop, in addition to a wide range of comical support characters. Other regular characters were played by Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Earle Ross, Jim Backus and Bea Benaderet. The CBS Radio Network provides news, sports and other programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mary Jane Croft Mary Jane Croft (February 15, 1916 - August 24, 1999) was an American actress best known for her role as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Joseph Kearns (born February 12, 1907; died February 17, 1962) was an American actor, who is best remembered for his role as Mr. ... Hans Conried in 1974 television appearance Hans Conried (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982) was a comic character actor and voice actor. ... Alan Reed (August 20, 1907 – June 14, 1977) was the voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones and various spin_off series. ... Earle Ross was born March 29, 1888. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California) was a radio, television, film actor, character actor, and voice actor. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ...


Blanc also appeared on other national radio programs such as The Abbott and Costello Show, Burns and Allen as the Happy Postman, August Moon on Point Sublime, Sad Sack on G.I. Journal, and later played various small parts on Benny's television show. One of Blanc's most memorable routines from Benny's radio and TV programs is called "Sy, the little Mexican" in which he spoke one word at a time. The famous "Sí...Sy...sew...Sue" routine was so effective that no matter how many times it was performed, the laughter was always there, thanks to the comedic timing of Blanc and Benny. At times, sharp-eyed audience members (and later, TV viewers) could see Benny struggling to keep a straight face; Blanc's absolutely dead-pan delivery was a formidable challenge for him. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... George Burns & Gracie Allen Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. ...


Another famous Blanc schtick on Jack's show was the train Depot announcer who inevitably intoned, sidelong: "Train leaving on Track Five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga". Part of that joke was the Angelino studio audience's awareness that no such train existed connecting those then-small towns (years before Disneyland opened). To the wider audience, the primary joke was the pregnant pause that evolved over time between "Cuc.." and "...amonga" -- eventually minutes would pass while the skit went on, the audience awaiting the inevitable conclusion of the word. On at least one occasion, a completely different skit followed before the inevitable "...amonga" finally appeared. For his contribution to radio, Mel Blanc has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd. “Anaheim” redirects here. ... Azusa is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Rancho Cucamonga is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Animation voice work during the Golden Age of Hollywood

Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions (which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures) in 1936. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer who was in charge of cartoon voices saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died and sound man Treg Brown took over. (Carl Stalling took over as music director.) Brown introduced Blanc to the animation directors (Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng and Frank Tashlin) who loved Mel's voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt which marked the debut of Daffy Duck also voiced by Blanc. He soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. His natural voice was that of Sylvester the cat but without the lispy spray (it can be heard in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, which also featured frequent Blanc vocal foil Bea Benaderet; in his small appearance, Blanc plays a vexed cab-driver). Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a Jewish producer at the Warner Bros. ... An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers or type writers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... Warner Bros. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Tregoweth Treg Brown (November 4, 1899–April 1984) was a motion picture sound editor who was responsible for the sound effects in Warner Bros. ... Carl W. Stalling (November 10, 1892–November 29, 1972) was a noted composer and arranger of music for animated cartoons. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Frank Tashlin (February 19, 1913 - May 5, 1972) was an animator, screenwriter, and director. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Porkys Duck Hunt was an animated short directed by Tex Avery that came out on April 17, 1937. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... For the band, see Cartoons (band). ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... Pepé Le Pew is an Academy Award-winning fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat Senior is a fictional cat who appears in several Looney Tunes cartoons, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, or Hippety Hopper. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ...


Though his best-known character was a carrot-chomping rabbit, Blanc himself did not like the taste of raw carrots, as he noted in his autobiography. Additionally, munching on the carrots interrupted the dialogue. Various substitutes, such as celery, were tried, but none of them sounded like a carrot. So for the sake of expedience as well as personal taste, he would munch and then spit the carrot bits into a spittoon rather than swallowing them, and continue with the dialogue. One oft-repeated story is that he was allergic to carrots and had to spit them out to minimize any allergic reaction; but his autobiography makes no such claim; in fact, in a 1984 interview with Tim Lawson, co-author of The Magic Behind The Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), Blanc emphatically denied being allergic to carrots. This article is about the cultivated vegetable. ... For other uses, see Rabbit (disambiguation). ... Binomial name L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... A Chicago courtroom scene, mid 1910s. ... Tim Lawson (born December 13, 1961 in Sterling, Illinois) is an American writer. ...


Blanc said his most challenging job was voicing Yosemite Sam; it was rough on the throat because of Sam’s sheer volume. (Foghorn Leghorn's voice was similar, and similarly raucous.) Late in life, he reprised several of his classic voices for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but deferred to Joe Alaskey to do Yosemite Sam's and Foghorn Leghorn's voices. For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... Foghorn Leghorn is the name of a character appearing in numerous Warner Brothers animated cartoons, especially Looney Tunes. ... Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (released on its Touchstone Pictures banner), which blends traditional animation and live action. ... Joe Alaskey (born May 26, 1949 in Watervliet, New York) is credited as one of the successors (including Billy West) of the great Mel Blanc in impersonating the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other characters from Warner Bros. ...


Blanc's long association with the Warner Brothers theatrical cartoons was in contrast with the primarily television-oriented careers of such voice actors as Daws Butler and Don Messick. Although Butler and Messick both had voice roles in MGM theatrical cartoons (Butler being the southern talking wolf who always whistled and Don at times being "Droopy"), the two made far fewer theatrical shorts than Blanc. A closer parallel to Blanc's career can be found in that of Paul Frees, who did substantial voice work for films as well as television. Daws Butler in 1976. ... Autographed photo of Don Messick. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... A standard Droopy opening title card from the early 1950s. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ...


Throughout his career, Blanc was well aware of his talents and protected the rights to them contractually and legally. He (and later, his estate) did not hesitate to take civil action when his contractual rights were violated. Voice actors tended to get no screen credits at all. Blanc was a notable exception. By 1944, his contract stipulated a credit reading "Voice characterization by Mel Blanc". Blanc asked for and received screen credit from studio boss Leon Schlesinger as he objected to a pay raise.[2] Other frequent Warner voice artists such as Arthur Q. Bryan (Elmer Fudd) and Bea Benaderet (many female voices) remained uncredited on-screen. Blanc's screen credit was noticed by radio show producers who gave Blanc more radio work as a result. Arthur Q. Bryan, as seen in one of his few film roles, from the 1941 film The Devil Bat Arthur Q. Bryan (May 8, 1899 - November 18, 1959) was a United States comedian and voice actor. ... Elmer J. Fudd is a fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ...


Benny/Bugsy crossover

The Warner cartoons were filled with references to the popular media of film and radio, including references to the Jack Benny program, whose various gags frequently found their way into Warner scripts, voiced by Blanc. For example: Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ...

  • Bugs was known for repeating Benny's catchphrase, "Now cut that out!"
  • The "Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc...amonga" joke was used by Daffy Duck.
  • Frank Nelson's "Yeeeeees?" would be invoked by minor characters from time to time.
  • Blanc's imitations of sputtering cars, squawking parrots, whinnying horses, etc., would be invoked frequently in both series.
  • He used his various Mexican stereotypes frequently in both series.
  • On the March 23, 1954 episode of Benny's radio program, Benny encounters Bugs Bunny in a dream.

Frank Nelson was an American born comedic actor best known for playing put-upon foils on radio and television. ...

Car accident and aftermath

On January 24, 1961, Blanc was involved in a near-fatal auto accident on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Hit head-on, Blanc suffered a triple skull fracture that left him in a coma for three weeks, along with fractures of both legs and the pelvis. is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... In medicine, a coma (from the Greek koma, meaning deep sleep) is a profound state of unconsciousness. ... The pelvis (pl. ...


The accident prompted over 15,000 get-well cards from anxious fans, including some addressed only to "Bugs Bunny, Hollywood, USA", according to Blanc's autobiography. One newspaper falsely reported that he had died. After his recovery, Blanc reported in TV interviews, and later in his autobiography, that a clever doctor had helped him to come out of his coma by talking to Bugs Bunny, after futile efforts to talk directly to Blanc. Although he had no actual recollection of this, Blanc learned that when the doctor was inspired to ask him, "How are you today, Bugs Bunny?", Blanc answered in Bugs' voice. Blanc thus credited Bugs with saving his life.


Blanc returned home from the UCLA Medical Center on March 17 to the cheers of more than 150 friends and neighbors. On March 22, he filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. His accident, one of 26 in the preceding two years at the intersection, resulted in the city quickly providing money to reconstruct curves at the dangerous corner. UCLA Medical Center is a hospital located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


At the time of the accident, Blanc served as the voice of Barney Rubble on ABC's The Flintstones. His absence from the show would be relatively brief; Daws Butler provided the voice of Rubble for a few episodes, after which the show's producers set up recording equipment in Blanc's house to allow him to work from his residence. He also returned to The Jack Benny Program to film the program's 1961 Christmas show, moving around via crutches and/or a wheelchair. Barney Rubble. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Flintstones is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Daws Butler in 1976. ... The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, was a radio-TV comedy series which ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century comedy. ...


Voice work for Hanna-Barbera and others

In the early 1960s, after the expiration of his exclusive contract with Warner Bros., Blanc went to Hanna-Barbera and continued to voice various characters, with Barney Rubble from The Flintstones (whose dopey laugh is very similar to Foghorn Leghorn's booming chuckle) and Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons (similar to Yosemite Sam, but not as raucous) being his most famous. Daws Butler and Don Messick were Hanna-Barbera's top voice men and Blanc was the newcomer to H-B. However, all of the 1930s and 1940s theatrical cartoons from Warner Brothers were making their way to Saturday morning TV to compete with the made-for-TV Hanna-Barberas and Blanc was once more deemed relevant. Blanc did these voices plus the ones he did for the ensemble cartoons like Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop for Hanna-Barbera. Blanc even shared the spotlight with his two professional rivals and personal friends, Daws Butler and Don Messick. In a short called Lippy the Lion, Butler was Lippy while Blanc was his side-kick, Hardy Har-Har. In the short Ricochet Rabbit, Messick provided the voice of the gun slinging rabbit while Blanc was his sidekick, Deputy Droop-a-Long. In addition, Blanc was the first person to play Toucan Sam in Froot Loops commercials, using a slightly cartoonish version of his own natural voice. The ad agency later decided to give Sam an upper-crust English accent, and replaced Blanc with Paul Frees. Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Barney Rubble. ... The Flintstones is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Foghorn Leghorn is the name of a character appearing in numerous Warner Brothers animated cartoons, especially Looney Tunes. ... The Jetsons is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... Daws Butler in 1976. ... Autographed photo of Don Messick. ... Dick Dastardly and Muttley, the villains of Wacky Races, in their car, the Mean Machine. ... The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop was an American animated cartoon television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. ... Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har are a pair of anthropomorphic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, a lion in a tattered top hat and vest and a hyena in a hat and bow tie, respectively. ... Ricochet Rabbit was a cartoon antropomorphic rabbit who worked as a sherrif in a Western setting called Hoop n Holler. ... Toucan Sam is the mascot of Froot Loops cereal. ... A Froot Loops box of the 1960s Froot Loops is a brand of breakfast cereal produced by Kelloggs and sold in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and Latin America as well as South Africa. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ...


Blanc reprised some of his Warner Bros. characters when the studio contracted to make first-run cartoon shorts for TV in the late '60s. For these, Blanc primarily voiced Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales or Tweety and Sylvester (since he was forbidden by Hanna-Barbera to voice Bugs Bunny).


Later career and death

Blanc was one of hundreds of individuals that George Lucas auditioned to provide the voice for the character of C-3PO for his 1977 motion picture Star Wars, and it was he who ultimately suggested that the producers use mime actor Anthony Daniels' own voice in the role. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... C-3PO (pronounced IPA: []., often shortened to Threepio) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Look up mime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Anthony Daniels with C-3POs head. ...

Mel Blanc's gravesite marker.

After spending most of two seasons voicing the robot Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Blanc's last original character was Heathcliff, who spoke a little like his famed Bugs Bunny but with a more street tough demeanor, in the early 1980s. Blanc continued to voice his famous characters in commercials and TV specials for most of the decade, although he increasingly left the "yelling" characters like Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and the Tasmanian Devil to other voice actors as performing these were too hard on his throat and voice by the time of his old age in the 1980s. One of his last recording sessions was for a new animated theatrical version of The Jetsons. Download high resolution version (1570x2578, 1238 KB)Mel Blancs headstone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Southern California. ... Download high resolution version (1570x2578, 1238 KB)Mel Blancs headstone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Southern California. ... For the robot character, see Twiki. ... Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the title of an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring an eponymous cat. ... Jetsons: The Movie (1990) is an animated film based on the cartoon series The Jetsons, where George Jetson becomes vice president of Spacely Sprockets and oversees the work at Spacelys Orbiting Ore Asteroid. ...


Blanc's death from cardiovascular disease at age 81 was considered a significant loss to the cartoon industry because of his skill, expressive range, and the sheer volume of continuing characters he portrayed, which are currently taken up by several other voice talents; no one individual can currently match the vocal range Blanc was able to establish. Indeed, as movie critic Leonard Maltin once pointed out, "it is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man!". That range was partially aided by recording technology—for instance, Blanc's standard Daffy Duck voice is essentially his Sylvester voice played a few percent faster than it was recorded to give it a higher pitch. Blanc would later develop the skill to reproduce such "sped up" voices himself live as necessary. Other character voices that were given this special treatment included Porky Pig, Henery Hawk, and Speedy Gonzales. Cardiovascular disease refers to the class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (arteries and veins). ... Leonard Maltin (born December 18, 1950 in New York City) is a widely known and respected American film critic. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... Henery Hawk (sometimes misremembered as Henry) is a cartoon character from the American Looney Tunes series who appeared in twelve cartoons. ...


After his death, Blanc's voice continued to be heard in newly released properties. In particular, a recording of his Dino the dinosaur bark from the 1960s Flintstones series was used without a screen credit in the 1994 live-action theatrical film based upon the series. This resulted in legal action against the film studio by the Blanc estate, which claimed his recordings were used without permission or proper credit. The credit was later added to the home release of the movie. Less problematic was the retention of older recordings of Blanc as Uncle Orville and a pet bird in the 1994 update of the Carousel of Progress attraction at Walt Disney World, despite cast changes in other roles. Blanc's distinctive voice can still be heard in the Audio-Animatronic presentation. Dino, right Dino (pronounced dee-no) is a fictional character featured in the Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Flintstones and its spin-offs. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Act 1: 1900 -- No Electricity Act 2: 1920 -- Basic Electricity Act 3: 1940 -- Basic Appliances Act 4: 1980 -- Modern Appliances The Carousel of Progress is an attraction located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, currently operating under the name, Walt Disneys Carousel... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ...


Blanc died in Los Angeles, California, and is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. Blanc's will stated his desire to have the inscription on his gravestone read, "THAT'S ALL FOLKS", considered by some to be one of the most famous epitaphs in the world. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... In the common law, a will or testament is a document by which a person (the testator) regulates the rights of others over his property or family after death. ... Headstones in the Japanese Cemetry in Broome, Western Australia A cemetery in rural Spain A typical late 20th century headstone in the United States A headstone, tombstone or gravestone is a marker, normally carved from stone, placed over or next to the site of a burial. ... An epitaph ( literally: on the gravestone in ancient Greek) is text honoring the deceased, most commonly inscribed on a tombstone or plaque. ...


Blanc trained his son, Noel, in the field of voice characterization. While Noel Blanc has performed his father's characters (particularly Porky Pig) on some programs, he chose not to become a full-time voice artist. Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ...


List of characters

When asked about voicing any of his numerous characters, Mel Blanc stated that he merely managed the characters. At first Mel Blanc said those things so the kids would still watch the show, he was afraid they wouldn't if they knew they weren't real. That set a standard most actors have followed. The year that Blanc first played the character is noted in parentheses.

  1. Porky Pig (1936, assumed from Joe Dougherty)
  2. Daffy Duck (1937)
  3. Happy Rabbit (a.k.a. Bugs Bunny's prototype) (1938)
  4. Bugs Bunny (1940)
  5. Woody Woodpecker (1940)
  6. Cecil Turtle (1941)
  7. Tweety Bird (1942)
  8. Private Snafu, numerous World War II related cartoons (1943)
  9. Yosemite Sam (1945) ("Hare Trigger")
  10. Pepé Le Pew (1945)
  11. Sylvester (1946) aka Thomas (1947) in some films
  12. Foghorn Leghorn (1946)
  13. Henery Hawk (1946)
  14. Charlie Dog (1947)
  15. Mac (of Mac & Tosh) (1947)
  16. K-9 (1948) (sidekick to Marvin the Martian)
  17. Marvin the Martian (1948)
  18. Road Runner (1949)
  19. Beaky Buzzard (1950)
  20. Bruno the Bear (1951)
  21. Wile E. Coyote (silent until 1952, first spoke in the short "Operation: Rabbit")
  22. Speedy Gonzales (1953)
  23. The Tasmanian Devil (1954)
  24. Elmer Fudd (1959, after the death of Arthur Q. Bryan)
  25. Barney Rubble (1960)
  26. Dino (1960) (Fred Flintstone's pet.)
  27. Cosmo G. Spacely (1962)
  28. Hardy Har Har (1962-1964)
  29. Secret Squirrel (1965-1966)
  30. Bubba McCoy from "Where's Huddles?"
  31. Chug-a-Boom/The Ant Hill Mob/The Bully Brothers from "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969)"
  32. Speed Buggy (1973)
  33. Tucker the Mouse from "A Cricket in Times Square (1973)"
  34. Captain Caveman (1977)
  35. Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  36. Heathcliff (1980, appeared in syndication from 1984-1987)

Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... Happy Rabbit in Prest-O Change-O Happy Rabbit is a character from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series who later evolved into Bugs Bunny. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Woody Woodpecker, from the opening title sequence for the 1951 short Puny Express. ... Cecil Turtle is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black-and-white instructional cartoon shorts produced between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. The character was created by director Frank Capra, chairman of the Armed Forces Motion Picture Unit, and the shorts were written by Theodore Dr. Seuss... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... Hare Trigger is a 1945 Looney Tunes cartoon short starring Bugs Bunny by Friz Freleng. ... Pepé Le Pew is an Academy Award-winning fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr. ... Foghorn Leghorn is the name of a character appearing in numerous Warner Brothers animated cartoons, especially Looney Tunes. ... Henery Hawk (sometimes misremembered as Henry) is a cartoon character from the American Looney Tunes series who appeared in twelve cartoons. ... Charlie Dog is an animated cartoon fictional character in the Warner Bros. ... The Goofy Gophers in the short I Gopher You. ... This page is about the cartoon character. ... This page is about the cartoon character. ... “Road Runner” redirects here. ... Beaky Buzzard is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... JJ1s route Bear JJ1 (2004 – 26 June 2006) was a brown bear whose travels and exploits in Austria and Germany in the first half of 2006 drew international attention. ... Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote The Road Runner cartoons are a series of Looney Tunes cartoons created by Chuck Jones for Warner Brothers. ... For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ... “Taz” redirects here. ... Elmer J. Fudd is a fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. ... Arthur Q. Bryan, as seen in one of his few film roles, from the 1941 film The Devil Bat Arthur Q. Bryan (May 8, 1899 - November 18, 1959) was a United States comedian and voice actor. ... The Flintstones is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Dino, right Dino (pronounced dee-no) is a fictional character featured in the Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Flintstones and its spin-offs. ... Information Nickname(s) Twinkletoes Aliases Frederick F. Flintstone Species Human Gender Male Age Mid 30s Occupation Crane Operator Family Ed Flintstone (father), Edna Flintstone (mother), Rocksy Rubble (granddaughter), Chip Rubble (grandson), Bamm-Bamm Rubble (son-in-law) Spouse(s) Wilma Flintstone Children Pebbles Flintstone Portrayed by Alan Reed, Henry... Cosmo G. Spacely is a fictional character in the animated series The Jetsons, voiced by Mel Blanc. ... For other uses, see Secret Squirrel (disambiguation). ... Wheres Huddles? was a Hanna-Barbera animated television program which premiered on CBS on July 1, 1970 and ran for ten episodes as a summer replacement show (for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) until September 2. ... Dick Dastardly and Muttley, the villains of Wacky Races, in their car, the Mean Machine. ... The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop was an American animated cartoon television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. ... Dick Dastardly and Muttley, the villains of Wacky Races, in their car, the Mean Machine. ... The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop was an American animated cartoon television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. ... Speed Buggy Speed Buggy was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, originally airing for 16 30-minute installments on CBS between September 8, 1973 and August 31, 1974; repeats have surfaced on all 3 networks for 9 years. ... A Cricket in Times Square is a four-piece rock band formed in College Park, Maryland in 2000 at the University of Marylands radio station WMUC. The band was started in 2000 by members John Wood and Michael Tyler, splitting the songwriting duties, vocals, and guitar parts, with many... Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels ( 1977- 1980) was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... For the robot character, see Twiki. ... Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the title of an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring an eponymous cat. ...

Other credits

  • Mel Blanc was hired to perform the voice of Gideon the Cat in Walt Disney's Pinocchio. However, it was eventually decided for Gideon to be mute (just like Dopey, whose whimsical, Harpo Marx-style persona made him one of Snow White's most comic and popular characters) and all of Blanc's recorded dialogue in this film had been deleted, save for one military hiccup, which was heard three times in the film. This and Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the only work he ever did for Disney animation.[citation needed]
  • Blanc was one of three regular panelists in the 1955 game show Musical Chairs. Occasionally he was asked to sing in the style of a popular singer.
  • Mel once called into the game show Press Your Luck during the end credits when host Peter Tomarken mistakenly gave the answer to the question "Which cartoon character uses the phrase 'sufferin' succotash'?" as Daffy Duck. Blanc informed him that the correct answer was Sylvester. (In reality, both characters have used the phrase, though it is most commonly associated with Sylvester.) Mel spoke to Peter in Sylvester's voice explaining the error, as well as speaking to him in the voices of Speedy Gonzales and Porky Pig. Peter apologized for the error and promised that all three contestants would be allowed to return to play the game again.
  • Blanc was the voice of Bob and Doug McKenzie's father in the movie Strange Brew.
  • In 1971, he appeared as himself in an American Express charge card TV commercial.
  • Mel appeared in a Public Service Announcement for the Shriners Burns Institute on the dangers of burns on children.
  • He also played the voice as Quintro the Puppet in Snow White and the Three Stooges.
  • Blanc did virtually all of his famous Looney Tunes characters' voices in NFL Films' The Son of Football Follies
  • In addition to hundreds of credited vocal roles, Blanc also provided many brief incidental voices and vocal effects for TV sitcoms, almost never receiving screen credit. One noted example was providing the voice of the raven in The Munsters' cuckoo clock.
  • In his autobiography, That's Not All, Folks!, Mel confessed to a minor bit of deception regarding his nickname, "The Man of a Thousand Voices," stating that by his estimate, he had provided only 850 voices.
  • Mel performed his Speedy Gonzales character in Pat Boone's 1962 hit record of "Speedy Gonzales."
  • Mel also made many records for Capitol Records including his Warner Bros. characters and other characters,including Woody Woodpecker, with his most famous Capitol album being "Party Panic." He also performed on records with other artists including "The Sportsmen."
  • In the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Perjured Parrot," Blanc provided the voice of the parrot, who even spoke in the courtroom.

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Homages and tributes

  • What could be a cartoon version of Mel Blanc appears in the Bugs Bunny short "Bowery Bugs" - he plays a Bowery saloon keeper who has the gorilla bouncer throw Steve Brody out into the street.
  • In the Family Guy movie, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) voiced both Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny.
  • A well-known lithograph was made in his honor. It shows Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Pepé Le Pew, Sylvester, Tweety Bird, and Speedy Gonzales with their heads bowed, standing around a lone microphone with a spotlight shining on it. The simple inscription on the print reads: "Speechless." According to Warner Bros., it is the highest selling piece of animation art ever produced.
  • It has long been thought that the wise-cracking delivery Alan Alda brought to Hawkeye Pierce on the television series M*A*S*H was equal parts Groucho Marx and Blanc's Bugs Bunny character.
  • On an episode of Frasier, a voice actor of many voices was named Mel White, an homage to Mel Blanc.
  • In the 1944 Warners' cartoon "Russian Rhapsody" (directed by Bob Clampett), Mel appears as one of the gremlins (the one sawing around Henry Binder's hair) who are sabotaging Adolf Hitler's plane. The other gremlins are other members of the Warners' staff, including Binder, Leon Schlesinger, and Friz Freleng.
  • The picture "Speechless" was also made into an animated picture, with sound and changing scenes, and sold in the now defunct Warner Brothers chain of retail stores.
  • In the Leo Kottke song "Rings" he beckons his lover inside singing "Ring, ring, doorbell ring/Baby come on in/I've got Mel Blanc on the radio."

Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Lithography is a method for printing on a smooth surface, as well as a method of manufacturing semiconductor and MEMS devices. ... Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is a five-time Emmy Award-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Captain Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce is the lead fictional character in the M*A*S*H novels, film, and television series. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the... “Groucho” redirects here. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Frasier was an American sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer as psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. ... Leo Kottke (born on 11 September 1945 in Athens, Georgia, USA, North America) is an acoustic guitarist. ...

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References

  • That's Not All, Folks!, 1988 by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe. Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-39089-5 (Softcover), ISBN 0-446-51244-3 (Hardcover)
  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9

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