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Mel Blanc
General information
Born: Melvin Jerome Blank
May 30, 1908
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died: July 10, 1989 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death: Heart disease
Emphysema
Alternate names: The Man of 1,000 Voices
Occupation(s): Voice actor, actor, radio comedian, recording artist
Years active: 1927-1989
Spouse: Estelle Rosenbaum (1933-1989; his death)
Children: Noel Blanc

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice artist, actor, radio comedian, and recording artist.

Although he began his over 60-year career performing in radio, he is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical short films, during the Golden Age of Animation. His career with Warner Bros. began in 1937 with the short Picador Porky (in which he voiced a drunken bull). In a deal he made with Leon Schlesinger (in exchange for not getting a raise), Blanc became the first voice actor to receive on-screen credit for his work.

Having earned the nickname "The Man of 1,000 Voices," Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry. Over the span of his career, he was in over 5,000 cartoons and did over 400 different voices for them.[1]

Warner Bros. roles

also see Category:Characters voiced by Mel Blanc and Category:Cartoons with characters voiced by Mel Blanc.

Death

Blanc began smoking cigarettes when he was 9 years old. He continued his pack-a-day habit until he was diagnosed with emphysema, which pushed him to quit at age 77. On May 19, 1989, Blanc was checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by his family when they noticed he had a bad cough while shooting a commercial; he was originally expected to recover. Blanc's health then took a turn for the worse and doctors found that he had advanced coronary artery disease. He died on July 10 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 81. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. Blanc's will stated his desire to have the inscription on his gravestone read, "THAT'S ALL FOLKS" (the phrase was a trademark of Blanc's character Porky Pig).

Gallery

Autobiography

References

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeAM1vwEcFg

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