- Birth nameMelvin Jerome Blank
- The Man of a Thousand Voices
- Height5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
- Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from radio programs, television series, cartoon shorts and movie was rarely seen by his audience but his voice characterizations were famous around the world.
Blanc under exclusive contract until 1960 to Warner Brothers voiced virtually every major character in the Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoon pantheon. Characters including Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote,The Roadrunner, Yosemite Sam, Sam the Sheepdog, Taz the Tazmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé la Pew, Charlie the Dog, Blacque Jacque Shellacque, Pussyfoot, Private Snafu among others were voiced by Blanc.
After 1960, Blanc continued to work for Warner Brothers but began to work for other companies once his exclusive contract ended. He worked for Hanna-Barbera voicing characters including Barney Rubble, Dino the Dinosaur, Cosmo Spacely, Secret Squirrel, Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy, Wally Gator among others. He provided vocal effects for Tom & Jerry in the mid 1960's working with fellow Warner Bros. alum, Chuck Jones at what would become MGM Animation. In the mid 1960's, Blanc originated and voiced Toucan Sam for the Kellogg's Fruit Loops commercials. He would later go to originate and voice Twiki for Buck Rogers and Heathcliff in the late 1970's and early 1980's.- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous
- In 1962, Mel Blanc founded Mel Blanc Associates, later changed to Blanc Communications Corporation in 1972.
During the Mel Blanc Associates/Blanc Communications years, Mel and his son Noel produced over 5000 public service announcements and commercials featuring major stars like Kirk Douglas, Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Phyllis Diller, Liberace, the rock band The Who, and of course Mel himself.
The company also developed radio and TV content for the U.S. Armed Forces Radio and Television, broadcast to American service members throughout the world. Blanc Communications Corporation earned numerous broadcasting awards over its continued history.- IMDb Mini Biography By: UnivLight
- SpouseEstelle Rosenbaum(January 4, 1933 - July 10, 1989) (his death, 1 child)
- ParentsEva BlankFrederick Blank
- Remarkable ability to change the pitch and sound of his voice to create many of the most well known cartoon characters of all time
- The voice of various Looney Tunes characters, most notably Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, among others.
- Receding hairline and mustache
- Catchphrase as Porky Pig "That's all, folks"
- While in a coma after a cataclysmic automobile accident, doctors unsuccessfully tried to get Mel to talk. Finally, a doctor, who was also a huge fan of his cartoon characters, asked Mel "Bugs? Bugs Bunny? Are you there?". In Bugs Bunny's voice, Mel responded "What's up, Doc?". After talking with several other characters, they eventually led Mel out of his coma.
- The epitaph on headstone at his burial site in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California reads "That's all, folks!".
- Mel was such a consummate method actor that it was said that when he was in a sound booth doing a character, one could tell exactly which character he was doing without hearing his lines.
- His license plate read "KMIT". A representative at the California Department of Motor Vehicles asked him if it stood for a radio station, since it is illegal to advertise on a plate. He replied "No, that's actually an old Jewish expression, 'know me in truth.'" What it actually stood for was "kish mir im tuchis", a Yiddish phrase meaning "Kiss my ass".
- Shortly before his death, executives of Time Warner (owners of Warner Brothers) asked him 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.
- Today was tomorrow yesterday, so don't inhale.
- I have been a member of DeMolay for 63 years. I thank God and DeMolay for helping me become kind and thoughtful to my parents and all my friends. I had many opportunities to do the wrong things, and I might have done them if it were not for DeMolay. God bless them.
- [his trademark catchphrase] That's all, folks!
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