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Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
Publicity photo (1959)
Birthday/Birthplace Melvin Jerome Blank
(1908-05-30)May 30, 1908
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Deceased July 10, 1989(1989-07-10)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart disease
Emphysema
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Other names “The Man of 1000 Voices”
College(s) Lincoln High School
Profession(s)
  • Voice actor
  • radio comedian
  • recording artist
Active Years 1927–1989
Credit for Looney Tunes (1937–1989)
The Jack Benny Program (1939–1965)
Wife/Husband Estelle Rosenbaum
(m. 1933; his death 1989)
Kid(s) Noel Blanc

Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc (San Francisco, May 30, 1908-Los Angeles, July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor with several radio shows and animation studios, mainly Warner Bros and Hanna-Barbera.

Blanc voiced approximately 400 animated characters, including Bugs Bunny, Pato Lucas, Porky, Piolin, Heathcliff and Pablo Marmol, and because of his talent he earned the nickname “man of a thousand voices”.

Mel Blanc’s Biography

Early years and radio work

Melvin Jerome Blanc was born in San Francisco (California), second son of Frederick Blank and Eva Katz, both of Jewish origin. His parents were managers of a women’s clothing business. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, and studying at Lincoln High School, Blanc realized his talent from an early age. According to his own words: “I was quite popular at school,used to entertain children and teachers at assemblies.” He changed his last name to Blanc because of the negative comment he received from a teacher.

He began his career in 1927 as a musician, singing on The Hoot Owls program on the KGW network. The following year he was part of the NBC Radio Orchestra of San Francisco, where he played the violin and bass, and he married Estelle Rosenbaum in 1933. Later he participated in the radio program The Jack Benny Program, where he played several characters.

His success on Jack Benny’s show allowed him to have his own show on the CBS radio station, The Mel Blanc Show, which aired between September 3, 1946 and June 24, 1947. Blanc did the role of the owner of a repair shop, with the support of other comic characters. He was joined by Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Earle Ross, Jim Backus and Bea Benaderet.

He worked on other radio shows such as The Abbott and Costello Show; The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; like the happy postman August Moon in Point Sublime; Sack the sad one in G.I. Journal and several minor roles in Benny’s television show. One of the most successful routines of Blanc in these programs is called “Sy, the little Mexican” where he spoke one word at a time. The famous routine “Yes … Sy … sew … Sue” was so effective that no matter how many times he said it, laughter was always present, thanks to the comic skill of Blanc and Benny.

Another of his famous routines is that of the station announcer who always said: “The train is coming from lane five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga.” Part of the joke was that the Angelenos present knew that there was not a train that connected those towns (years later Disneyland was opened). For the uneducated public, the main joke was the break between “Cuc ..” and “… amonga”. For his contributions to the radio, Blanc received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd.

work as a voice actor in the golden age of animation

Blanc joined the studios of Leon Schlesinger (subsidiary of Warner Brothers Pictures that produced cartoons) in 1936. The first short film he participated in was Porky’s Road Race, which was released a year later. of several characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Porky Pig and Pato Lucas, among others.

Although his most famous character was a rabbit that ate carrots, Blanc did not enjoy the taste of these, as he wrote in his autobiography. Because between the dialogues he had to chew carrots, he would spit them out in a jar instead of eating them. An urban legend says that he was allergic to the carrot and spit it to minimize the effect it produced, although this was never clarified.

He said that one of the most difficult voices to perform was that of Sam Whiskers; his throat ended in poor condition due to this. (The voice of Gallo Claudio was quite similar). Years later, he returned to make several of his old voices for Who cheated Roger Rabbit ?, but he preferred someone else to do Sam’s.

Because of his work in animated films for the cinema, he was one step ahead of others dedicated to television like Daws Butler and Don Messick. Although Butler and Messick worked for MGM short films (Butler being the talking wolf and Don as “Droopy”), the two were not as dedicated to this area as Blanc.

Mel Blanc in 1976

Throughout his career, Blanc knew how to take advantage of and care for his talent through law. He never hesitated to take civil actions when his transactional rights were violated. The voice actors did not receive any credit for their work. Blanc was the great exception. For 1944, his contract presented as a credit title “Vocal characterization by Mel Blanc”. Other artists such as Arthur Q. Bryan (Elmer Fudd) and Bea Benaderet (several female voices) remained without credit.

On January 24, 1961, he suffered a serious car accident on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. He suffered a triple skull fracture that left him in a coma for three weeks, plus fractures in both legs and pelvis.

After the accident he received about 15 & nbsp; 000 letters from fans who wished his improvement, some even addressed to “Bugs Bunny, Hollywood, USA”. A newspaper wrongly reported his death. After his recovery, Blanc explained in interviews for television, and in his own autobiography, that a skilled doctor took him out of the coma talking to Bugs Bunny, after futile efforts to speak to Blanc directly. Although he did not keep a true memory of the fact, he later learned that the doctor had asked him “How are you today, Bugs Bunny?”, To which he responded with the voice of Bugs. Because of that, Blanc thanked Bugs for saving his life.

He returned home on March 17. On March 22, he filed a claim of 500 US $ 000 against the city of Los Angeles. His accident, one of the 26 that occurred in that area, caused the city to quickly contribute money to fix that sector.

When the accident occurred, Blanc voiced Pablo Mármol for the series The Flintstones, by ABC. His absence from the program was short since the producers provided the necessary implements to work from home. He also went back to work at The Jack Benny Program to film the 1961 Christmas Special, moving with crutches or a wheelchair.

Work at Hanna-Barbera

At the beginning of 1960 he went to Hanna Barbera and continued making voices of several characters, such as Pablo Mármol from Los Picapiedra and Mr. Cosmo from Los Supersónicos. Daws Butler and Don Messick were the top voice stars and Blanc was only the new one in Hanna-Barbera. However, all the cartoons of the years 1930 and 1940 of Warner Brothers were broadcast on television, competing directly with those of Hanna-Barbera. Warner Bros began to make cartoons directly for television in the 1960s, mainly of the duck Lucas, Speedy González or Silvestre y Piolín. Blanc made these voices and those of The Crazy Cars and The Dangers of Penelope Glamor for Hanna-Barbera. He even shared the spotlight with his colleagues and friends, Butler and Messick. In a short called Leoncio the lion and Tristón, Butler was Leoncio whereas Blanc was his companion, Tristón the hyena. In the short Ricochet Rabbit, Messick made the voice of the rabbit while Blanc the companion, Deputy Droop-a-Long.

Later work

Blanc was one of hundreds of people George Lucas auditioned to give voice to C-3PO in his 1977 movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and it was he who suggested that actor Anthony Daniels do the work .

Blanc Tombstone

In the early 1980s, after spending more than two seasons making the voice of the Twiki robot in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Blanc’s last character was an orange cat named Heathcliff (Isidoro in Spain), whohad a similar voice to Bugs Bunny, but with a more street style.

Blanc continued to voice his characters in commercials and television specials for most of the decade, although he left certain characters like Sam Whiskers, Claudius Rooster and Tazmania Demon in the hands of other people, since his throat could not stand the style of voice he needed. One of his last recordings was for the animated film of The Supersonic.

Mel Blanc Net Worth – $25 Million

More Facts about Mel Blanc

Whole Name Melvin Jerome Blank
AKA(s) Mel Blanc, Blanc, Mel
Born/Where San Francisco, California, U.S.
Born May 30, 1908
Died 1989-07-10
Lived 81 years, 1 month, 11 days
Astrological sign Gemini
What He/She Does Voice actor, comic actor, comedian, radio personality
Alma Mater Lincoln High School (Portland, Oregon)
His/Her Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
Relationships Estelle Rosenbaum

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