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Mel Blanc 2
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.

Biography

Blanc was born in San Francisco to Russian-Jewish parents in 1908. As a kid, he grew up in Portland, Oregon. While growing up, he had a thing for voices and dialect which he started to voice at the age of 10. At the age of 16, he claimed that he changed the spelling of his name from "Blank" to "Blanc", because a teacher told him that he would amount to nothing and be like his name, a "blank". Blanc joined the Order of DeMolay as a young man, and was eventually inducted into its Hall of Fame.[1]

Blanc is known to have some musical knowledge. After graduating from high school in 1927, he split his time between leading an orchestra, becoming the youngest conductor in the country at the age of 19, and performing shtick in vaudeville shows around Washington, Oregon, and northern California.[2]

His voice acting career with Warner Bros. began in 1937 with the cartoon short Picador Porky (in which he voiced a drunken bull). By 1944, due to a deal he made with Leon Schlesinger (in exchange for not getting a raise, according to his autobiography[2]), Blanc had become the first voice actor to receive on-screen credit for his work, beginning with the Bugs Bunny short Little Red Riding Rabbit.[3]

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.[4]

Looney Roles

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

Gallery

Other voice work

In addition to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Blanc was also the original voice of Woody Woodpecker for Walter Lantz Productions, but only voiced the character in his first few theatrical shorts before he was signed to an exclusive contract with Warner Bros in the early 1940s. After his exclusive contract with WB expired in 1960, he also provided voices for the TV cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera. His most famous roles during this time were Barney Rubble of The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely of The Jetsons. His other voice roles for Hanna-Barbara included Dino the Dinosaur, Secret Squirrel, Speed Buggy and Captain Caveman. Blanc also provided vocal effects for the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts directed by Chuck Jones in the mid-1960s, and voiced the comic-strip character Heathcliff during the 1980s (his final original voice role). One of his final performances was in the 1988 live-action/animated movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which he voiced Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety and Sylvester for their cameos in the film (though Joe Alaskey voiced Yosemite Sam in Blanc's place).[2]

Autobiography

References

  1. DeMolay International. DeMolay Hall of Fame. Retrieved on October 20, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe (1988), That's Not All Folks, Warner Books. ISBN 0446512443
  3. Mel Blanc: From Anonymity To Offscreen Superstar (The advent of on-screen voice credits). Retrieved on 18 July 2017.
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeAM1vwEcFg