Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

Date Of Birth: May 30, 1908
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA
Date Of Death: Jul 10, 1989
Cause Of Death: Heart disease
Voice Over Language: English

Popularity: 37th All Time, 134th This Week. *

Trivia & Fun Facts:

Birth Name: Melvin Jerome Blank

Famous for doing Bugs Bunny, although ironic that he was allergic to carrots. Thus he often did the eating sounds last in a recording session and had the sound technicians edit them in the soundtrack as needed.

Widely recognized as the voice of virtually every major character in the Warner Bros. cartoon pantheon, including Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety & Sylvester both, Yosemite Sam et al.

Since Blanc's death, his son Noel has taken up some of his father's mantle.

Was in an almost fatal car accident in 1962, while many of the productions that required his services were still in production. He did the voices of his characters in both his home bed and his hospital bed, in a full body cast, and with all his Flinstones co-stars and recording equipment crowded into the same room.

Shortly before his death, the executives of Time-Warner (owners of Warner Brothers) asked Mel Blanc if there was anything, literally anything, that they could give him to thank him for his life's body of work. He asked for, and received, a Ford Edsel.

While in a coma after a cataclysmic automobile accident, doctors unsuccessfully tried to get Mel to talk. Finally, a doctor, who was also a fan of his cartoon characters, asked Mel, "Bugs? Bugs Bunny? Are you there?". Mel responded, in Bugs Bunny's voice, "What's up, Doc?" After talking with several other "characters", the doctors eventually led Mel out of his coma.

He appeared in a television commercial for the American Express charge card, where he performed several character voices in quick succession. After his death, American Express began running the commercial again, showing his name with birth and death years on the bottom of the screen at the end of the commercial, both to promote their card, and pay tribute to the vocal genius.

Originally, voice artists were not given screen credit on animated cartoons. After Blanc was turned down for a raise at Warner Brothers, they added his name as "Vocal Characterizationist" to the credits as a compromise. Not only did it give greater recognition to voice artists from then on, it helped to bring Blanc to the public eye.

Epitaph on headstone at his burial site in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood reads, "That's All Folks!"

Blanc legally changed his last name from Blank to Blanc because of a nasty school teacher who used to make fun of it.

Many of the voices he did for Looney Tunes were sped up after being recorded. Examples are Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. Porky's voice sounds a little like Bugs' voice before being sped, and Daffy's is Sylvester's sans the slobbering.


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said at 7:10 AM on Wed Sep 9 2015
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"It says here that you come from Tijuana, is that right???"

Darth Bugs
said at 5:54 PM on Sat May 30 2015
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Happy 107th birthday Mel. Thanks for all the memories. Though he died just a year before I was born, thanks to Cartoon Network (back when it was in its prime during the '90s), I still grew up on his classic Looney Tunes and other cartoons just like the millions of audiences who came before me throughout the mid-to-late 20th Century. Thanks for all the memories Mel! The world of animation just isn't the same anymore without your voice.
said at 4:43 PM on Sat May 30 2015
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Happy birthday to an awesome old time radio legend!!!
said at 3:42 PM on Sat May 30 2015
Happy Birthday and R.I.P Gen 1 Man of the Thousand Voices.
said at 5:19 PM on Sat May 30 2015
@tmnisaac *a* (man of a thousand voices)
said at 3:04 PM on Sat May 30 2015
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Happy Birthday and RIP Mel Blanc! The Original Man of a Thousand Voices.

He set the gold standard for what voice actors could and should be like, his nickname is truly one of the most deserved ever.

Obviously Bugs Bunny is his greatest role ever, with Daffy Duck as a very close second. Of course he was also fantastic as Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales, Pepe Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devi, Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Barney Rubble, Dino, Mr. Spacely, Captain Caveman and so much more.

I wish you were still with us because you were truly an inspiration to all VA's and people everywhere and I would have loved to meet you and give you my thanks.
said at 12:00 AM on Wed Nov 19 2014
Isn't the Gremlin Car in The Looney Tunes Back in Action archive audio of him? I know he's in the credits, but still...
said at 12:05 PM on Tue Oct 7 2014
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You can't beat the classic.
said at 3:12 PM on Wed Sep 24 2014
One of the best voice actors of all time, i really would of loved to have met him. R.I.P Mel Blanc
said at 1:18 PM on Mon Dec 2 2013
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I read that throughout most of his life he smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, and apparently before the time of his death (Roger Rabbit) he was in a wheelchair and on oxygen, and yet he could still do many of the voices practically flawlessly. With all he accomplished as a voice-artist, living to the age of eighty-one, and still working the whole time is nothing short of amazing. Like anyone else on this site, I can't help but be completely impressed and I find Mel to be a total inspiration.
said at 6:49 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy You forgot about his near-fatal accident in the 1960s. He was in a coma for weeks and only came back to reality after the doctor called him "bugs" and responded in his bugs bunny voice. He returned to voice acting a year later! And for a while, he voiced Barney Rubble while BEDBOUND with a complete bodycast! There's some more inspiration for you!
said at 7:11 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@Adventuretimegurl123 I didn't forget to mention that, but the smoking thing was something that wasn't in the trivia and fun facts section. Nevertheless, what happened after the car accident is nothing short of miraculous and incredible.
said at 8:12 PM on Sun Nov 3 2013
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I find it kind of funny that he did exactly 1000 voices before he died. But Still, It's sad that a legend had to pass on.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:03 AM on Mon Nov 4 2013
@Regomania Oh, he's done much, much more than that. So much that no one knows how much he did. I think the Admins decided to top it off at 1000 because it was fitting.
said at 1:29 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Do you think any1 will break his voice acting record?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:42 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
@Ross123 There's no way of knowing for certain, but Frank Welker may have already done that.
said at 1:46 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
@Nightmare Crusher It seems possible considering Frank's been doing a lot of voices but like you said nothing can be proved.
said at 12:58 PM on Fri Nov 8 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I know we got this over with but I was thinking that someday in the future (I don't know 20-30 years) that Steven Blum might break his record since he has the most video game voice record.
said at 6:52 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I think Frank is off by 100s of voices compared to Mel.
said at 4:45 PM on Sat May 30 2015
@Ross123 I'm not sure about that, because if you count Blanc's radio work, I don't think anyone will top him.
said at 2:14 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@Starscreamsfan I had feeling that no one would ever come close to him (although some believe Frank Welker is getting there) but I just wanted to have little a bit of guess just in case it were ever possible.
said at 3:53 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
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Not just a wonderful actor but a true voice acting Legend. Yeah this man did almost every character you can think of. RIP Mel you are greatly missed by every1.
said at 9:02 PM on Wed Jun 12 2013
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We will miss Mel Blanc. :-(
said at 8:11 PM on Thu May 30 2013
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Happy Birthday Mel Blanc, the one and only literal man of hundreds of different voices.

said at 7:21 PM on Thu May 30 2013
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Happy birthday to the greatest voice actor of all time!
said at 4:32 PM on Thu May 30 2013
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Happy b-day, Mel. A god VA of his time.

said at 11:26 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
Now wait a minute. How did he voiced DIno in 2000's Flintstones movies if he died in 1989?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:57 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@Gekko_Amario Stock footage from the old show, perhaps?
said at 9:10 PM on Sat Apr 20 2013
@CatsTuxedo They used stock recordings from the old series because no one could could perform Dino like he could.
said at 9:10 PM on Sat Apr 20 2013
@Gekko_Amario They used stock recordings from the old series because no one could could perform Dino like he could
said at 6:29 PM on Sun Feb 17 2013
HE IS GODLIKE! Seemed like a great guy, too.
Darth Bugs
said at 7:02 PM on Sat Feb 16 2013
Are you sure that Mel Blanc was actually allergic to carrots? From what I've heard, Mel was not alergic to them, he just didn't like eating carrots very much (or other healthy foods). He did have to spit out carrots while voicing Bugs because chewing on them completely would interfere with the recording time. Apparently it was because he spat out the carrots during recordings that the rumors of him being allergic to them started.
said at 10:46 PM on Sun Jan 20 2013
I have a signed photograph of Mel and some characters and on the back is a letter to Paul that is date 6/22/78 reminiscing about the old neighborhood. Does anyone know who Paul could be?
Darth Bugs
said at 9:16 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
Mel Blanc was the best! As the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and so many other iconic cartoon characters, he was truly one of the greatest entertainers ever. The world of animation just isn't the same without him around anymore.
said at 11:24 PM on Fri Dec 7 2012
Man of a thousand voices. No denying his talent, but if we want to be accurate to the number of voices he could do, we should add 500 to that number.
said at 2:03 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
We have hit 1000! Congrats on being able to get so much information on a single page!
said at 6:14 PM on Tue Sep 25 2012
@cardboardwalk It's really great. Now his page lives up to his title, "The Man of a Thousand Voices."
said at 11:54 AM on Mon Jan 23 2012
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Few people can nail Jimmy Durante's gravelly voice or Peter Lorre's silken, accented tones so accurately.
said at 4:59 AM on Sun Oct 16 2011
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The man of a thousand voices!
said at 3:44 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
Mel rocks!
said at 5:51 PM on Sun Jul 24 2011
I loved him when he voiced heathcliff! He's my favorite heathcliff voice actor.
said at 4:27 PM on Tue Mar 22 2011
wow he did so many voices,its hard to believe he is not here to comment on todays cartoons...
SM Scorx
said at 6:43 PM on Sat Feb 19 2011
A true legend!
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Mel Blanc role? *
Bugs Bunny
59.4% (41 votes)
Daffy Duck
24.6% (17 votes)
Yosemite Sam
2.9% (2 votes)
1.4% (1 votes)
Foghorn Leghorn
1.4% (1 votes)
Sylvester the Cat
1.4% (1 votes)
Cosmo S. Spacely
1.4% (1 votes)
Officer Shortshrift
1.4% (1 votes)
Pepe Le Pew
1.4% (1 votes)
Tazmanian Devil
1.4% (1 votes)
Tweety Bird
1.4% (1 votes)
Barney Rubble
1.4% (1 votes)
69 Total Votes
Listen to other actors who have also voiced the following Mel Blanc characters.
Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew
Tweety Bird
Tweety Bird
Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales
Cosmo S. Spacely
Cosmo S. Spacely
Marvin the Martian
Marvin the Martian