Mel Blanc

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Publicity photo (1950)
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
Nationality American
Other names “The Man of 1000 Voices”
Alma mater Lincoln High School
Occupation Voice actor, actor
Years active 1927–1989
Known for Looney Tunes
The Jack Benny Program
Spouse Estelle Rosenbaum
(m. 1933–1989; his death)
Children Noel Blanc
Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and actor. Although he began his sixty-plus-year career performing in radio, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon short films; produced during the 1940s, 50s and 60s at the height of the golden age of American animation.

He later worked for Hanna-Barbera’s television cartoons of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, most notably as the voices of Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons. Blanc was also the original voice of Woody Woodpecker for Universal Pictures in the early 1940s, and provided vocal effects for the Tom and Jerry cartoons directed by Chuck Jones for MGM in the mid-1960s. Furthermore, during the golden age of radio, Blanc was a frequent performer on the radio programs of famous comedians from the era; including Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, and Judy Canova.

Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice acting industry.

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