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Also Known As: Melvin Jerome Blank Died: July 10, 1989
Born: May 30, 1908 Cause of Death: heart disease and other medical problems
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: voice actor, musician

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Known as "the man of a thousand voices," prolific voice actor Mel Blanc gave life to countless classic animated characters over the span of his remarkable career. Starting out as a musician and radio personality, Blanc broke into animation in 1937 at Leon Schlesinger Studios, home of the Warner Bros. "Looney Tunes" shorts. After making a star of the stuttering Porky Pig, Blanc proved instrumental in the creation of the wise-cracking rabbit, Bugs Bunny. Even as he lent his voice to the creation of such cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam, the voice actor continued to work in radio, primarily as an ensemble player on "The Jack Benny Program" (NBC, 1932-1948). Blanc broke new ground in his long underappreciated profession when in the mid-1940s, he negotiated onscreen credit for all of his voice work and for years remained the only voice actor accommodated with such recognition. With the end of his exclusive Warner contract in 1960, Blanc branched out and began working with up-and-coming animation studios like Hannah-Barbara on such hit shows as "The Flintstones" (ABC, 1960-66), while still voicing Warner's stable of cartoon stars well into the 1970s and beyond. Late-career...

Known as "the man of a thousand voices," prolific voice actor Mel Blanc gave life to countless classic animated characters over the span of his remarkable career. Starting out as a musician and radio personality, Blanc broke into animation in 1937 at Leon Schlesinger Studios, home of the Warner Bros. "Looney Tunes" shorts. After making a star of the stuttering Porky Pig, Blanc proved instrumental in the creation of the wise-cracking rabbit, Bugs Bunny. Even as he lent his voice to the creation of such cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam, the voice actor continued to work in radio, primarily as an ensemble player on "The Jack Benny Program" (NBC, 1932-1948). Blanc broke new ground in his long underappreciated profession when in the mid-1940s, he negotiated onscreen credit for all of his voice work and for years remained the only voice actor accommodated with such recognition. With the end of his exclusive Warner contract in 1960, Blanc branched out and began working with up-and-coming animation studios like Hannah-Barbara on such hit shows as "The Flintstones" (ABC, 1960-66), while still voicing Warner's stable of cartoon stars well into the 1970s and beyond. Late-career efforts like the voice of the robot Twiki on the space adventure "Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century" (NBC, 1979-1981) and several voices in the smash hit feature "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988) found Blanc's unique talents as in demand as ever. As much as any matinee idol, Blanc remained a true Hollywood icon whose gifts were appreciated with each new generation of fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Voice Of Gremlin Car
2.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Voice Of Puppy Dino
3.
 Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Voice Of Cosmo G Spacely
4.
 What's up Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny (1990) Voice Characterizations
6.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
7.
 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Voice S Of Daffy Duck/Tweety Bird/Bugs Bunny/Sylvester/Porky Pig
8.
 Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988) Voice
9.
 Night of the Living Duck (1988) Voice Of Daffy Duck
10.
 Bugs Vs. Daffy: Battle Of The Music Video Star (1988) Voice Of Bugs Bunny
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Raised in Portland, Oregon
1927:
Performed and sang in band, "The Hoot Owls" in Portland; changed spelling of last name
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Moved to San Francisco to play with the NBC Trocaderans radio orchestra
1931:
Served as emcee for radio show "The Road Show", aired on KGO in San Francisco
1933:
Debut as radio actor on Al Pearce's show
1935:
With wife, provided character voices for the radio program "Cobwebs and Nuts"
1936:
Hired by Leon Schlesinger's cartoon unit at Warner Bros.
1937:
Film debut as cartoon voice specialist in "Picador Porky"
1938:
First voiced character that would evolve into Bugs Bunny in "Porky's Hare Hunt"; character originally named Happy Rabbit
1940:
Voiced Bugs Bunny in "A Wild Hare", what is generally considered the debut of the character
1940:
Introduced the famous laugh of Woody Woodpecker in "Knock, Knock"
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Hired by Disney to voice Gideon the cat in "Pinnochio"; dialogue edited out for final release in 1940
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Continued to perform on radio programs like "The Jack Benny Show", "Baby Snooks", "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" and others
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Appeared as a regular on "The Judy Canova Show" on radio
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Starred in "The Mel Blanc Show" on CBS radio
1947:
First screen pairing of Sylvester and Tweety in the Oscar-winning short, "Tweetie Pie"; Blanc voiced both characters
1949:
Feature acting debut in small role in "Neptune's Daughter"
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TV series debut as regular on "The Jack Benny Program" (CBS, 1950-1964; NBC 1964-1965)
1960:
Provided voice of Barney Rubble on the Hanna-Barbera animated series "The Flintstones"
1961:
Involved in a near fatal automobile accident
1964:
Had featured acting role in Billy Wilder's "Kiss Me, Stupid"
1988:
For the live-action/animated film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", he brought to life his original character's voices: those of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Pie and Sylvester the cat
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Education

Lincoln High School: Portland , Oregon - 1927

Notes

Served as honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California

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wife:
Estelle Rosenbaum. Voice actor. Eloped on January 4, 1933; had Jewish ceremony in May 1933.

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father:
Frederick Blank. Clothing store owner.
mother:
Eva Blank. Clothing store owner.
brother:
Henry Blank. Born in 1903.
son:
Noel Blanc. Voice actor. Born on October 19, 1938.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"That's Not All Folks: My Life in the Golden Age of Cartoons and Radio" Warner Books

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