Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 31, 2016) was an American voice actor, radio personality, and comedian.
Although he began his over 60-year career performing in radio, he is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voice 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 American Animation. In a deal with Leon Schlesinger, Mel became the first voice actor to receive on-screen credit for his work.
Having earned the nickname “The Man of 1,000 Voices,” Mel 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.
On July 31, 2016, Blanc died of heart disease and emphysema in Los Angeles, California at age 81.
Warner Bros. RolesEdit
- Daffy Duck (debuted in 1937's Porky's Duck Hunt)
- Bugs Bunny (debuted in 1940's A Wild Hare)
- Cecil Turtle (debuted in 1941's Tortoise Beats Hare)
- Tweety Bird (debuted in 1942's A Tale of Two Kitties)
- Henery Hawk (debuted in 1942's The Squawkin' Hawk)
- Yosemite Sam (debuted in 1945's Hare Trigger)
- Pepé Le Pew (debuted in 1945's Odor-able Kitty)
- Sylvester (debuted in 1945's Life with Feathers)
- Foghorn Leghorn (debuted in 1946's Walky Talky Hawky)
- Barnyard Dawg (debuted in 1946's Walky Talky Hawky)
- Charlie Dog (debuted in 1947's Little Orphan Airedale)
- Mac Gopher (debuted in 1947's The Goofy Gophers)
- Marvin The Martian (debuted in 1948's Haredevil Hare)
- Sylvester Junior (debuted in 1950's Pop 'Im Pop!)
- Rocky and Mugsy (debuted in 1953's Bugs and Thugs)
- Speedy Gonzales (debuted in 1955's Speedy Gonzales)
- Tosh Gopher (replaced Stan Freberg in 1965's Tease for Two)
- That's Not All, Folks!, 2000 by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe. Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-39089-5 (Softcover), ISBN 0-446-51244-3 (Hardcover)