Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% The Flintstones (1994)
  • Birthday: May 30, 1908
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American entertainer Mel Blanc, who would make his name and fortune by way of his muscular vocal chords, started out in the comparatively non-verbal world of band music. He entered radio in 1927, and within six years was costarring with his wife on a largely adlibbed weekly program emanating from Portland, Oregon, titled Cobwebs and Nuts. Denied a huge budget, Blanc was compelled to provide most of the character voices himself, and in so doing cultivated the skills that would bring him fame. He made the Los Angeles radio rounds in the mid-1930s, then was hired to provide the voice for a drunken bull in the 1937 Warner Bros. "Looney Tune" Picador Porky. Taking over the voice of Porky ("Th-th-th-that's all, Folks") Pig from a genuine stammerer who knew nothing about comic timing, Blanc became a valuable member of the "Termite Terrace" cartoon staff. Before long, he created the voice of Daffy Duck, whose lisping cadence was inspired by Warner Bros. cartoon boss Leon Schlesinger. In 1940, Blanc introduced his most enduring Warners voice -- the insouciant, carrot-chopping Bugs Bunny (ironically, Blanc was allergic to carrots). He freelanced with the MGM and Walter Lantz animation firms (creating the laugh for Woody Woodpecker at the latter studio) before signing exclusively with Warners in the early 1940s. Reasoning that his limitless character repetoire -- including Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales, Tweety Pie, Pepe Le Pew, Yosemite Sam and so many others -- had made him a valuable commodity to the studio, Blanc asked for a raise. Denied this, he demanded and got screen credit -- a rarity for a cartoon voice artist of the 1940s. Though his salary at Warners never went above $20,000 per year, Blanc was very well compensated for his prolific work on radio. He was a regular on such series as The Abbott and Costello Show and The Burns and Allen Show, and in 1946 headlined his own weekly radio sitcom. For nearly three decades, Blanc was closely associated with the radio and TV output of comedian Jack Benny, essaying such roles as the "Si-Sy-Si" Mexican, harried violin teacher Professor LeBlanc, Polly the parrot, and the sputtering Maxwell automobile. While his voice was heard in dozens of live-action films, Blanc appeared on screen in only two pictures: Neptune's Daughter (1949) and Kiss Me Stupid (1964). Extremely busy in the world of made-for-TV cartoons during the 1950s and 1960s, Blanc added such new characterizations to his resume as Barney Rubble on The Flintstones (1960-66) and Cosmo Spacely on The Jetsons (1962). In early 1961, Blanc was seriously injured in an auto accident. For weeks, the doctor was unable to communicate with the comatose Blanc until, in desperation, he addressed the actor with "How are you today, Bugs Bunny?" "Eh...just fine, Doc," Blanc replied weakly in his Bugs voice. At that miraculous moment, Blanc made the first step towards his eventual full recovery (this story sounds apocryphical, and even Blanc himself can't confirm that it took place, but those who witnessed the event swear that it really happened). In the 1970s, Blanc and his actor/producer son Noel -- whom Mel was grooming to take over the roles of Bugs, Daffy and the rest -- ran their own school for voice actors. Mel Blanc continued performing right up to his death in July of 1989; earlier that same year, he published his autobiography, That's Not All, Folks.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Daffy's Rhapsody Actor 2012
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends Actor 2010
No Score Yet Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show Actor 2008
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck Actor 2005
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck Actor 2005
No Score Yet Porky Actor 2005
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Gremlin Car $21.1M 2003
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Puppy Dino 2000
22% The Flintstones Voice of Dino 1994
27% The Jetsons Spacely 1990
No Score Yet Yogi's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper Actor 1989
No Score Yet Daffy Duck's Quackbusters Daffy Duck; Bugs Bunny; Sylvester; Tweety 1988
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Tweety Bird 1988
No Score Yet Sparky's Magic Piano Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Barney Rubble, Dino 1987
No Score Yet Heathcliff: The Movie Voice of Heathcliff 1986
No Score Yet The Jetsons Actor 1985
No Score Yet Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island Actor 1983
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Bugs Bunny 1982
No Score Yet The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie Bugs Bunny 1981
25% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Twiki 1979
100% The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck 1979
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's Mother's Day Special Actor 1979
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales Bugs Bunny 1979
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Actor 1978
No Score Yet A Flintstone Christmas Barney Rubble 1977
No Score Yet Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals Actor 1976
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny Superstar Actor 1975
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Crow 1974
No Score Yet Scalawag Barfly the Parrot 1973
No Score Yet Very Merry Cricket Actor 1973
No Score Yet Cricket in Times Square Tucker the Mouse 1973
100% The Phantom Tollbooth Off. Short Shrift / The Word Speller / The Dodecahedron / 1970
No Score Yet The Perils of Penelope Pitstop Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Man Called Flintstone Barney 1966
71% Kiss Me, Stupid Dr. Sheldrake 1964
No Score Yet Hey There, It's Yogi Bear Conductor Bear 1964
80% Gay Purr-ee Actor 1962
No Score Yet Quackodile Tears Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Abominable Snow Rabbit Actor 1961
No Score Yet What's Opera, Doc? Brunhilde Bugs Bunny 1957
No Score Yet No Barking Tweety Bird 1954
No Score Yet Duck Amuck Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny 1953
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's Easter Special Bugs Bunny 1953
No Score Yet Rabbit Seasoning Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck 1952
No Score Yet Little Beau Pepe Cat/Foreign Legionnaires/Pepe Le Pew 1952
No Score Yet Cheese Chasers Hubie 1951
No Score Yet Canned Feud Sam 1951
No Score Yet Big Top Bunny Actor 1951
No Score Yet Champagne for Caesar Caesar 1950
No Score Yet The Scarlet Pumpernickel Sylvester 1950
No Score Yet Rabbit of Seville Bugs Bunny 1950
No Score Yet Neptune's Daughter Julio 1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Bugs Bunny/Tweety 1949
No Score Yet Porky Chops Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Porky Pig 1949
No Score Yet Hare Tonic Bugs Bunny 1945
No Score Yet Coming!! Snafu Actor 1943
100% Pinocchio Gideon 1940
No Score Yet The Film Fan Actor 1939
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Porky Pig 1939
No Score Yet Porky in Wackyland Porky Pig 1938
No Score Yet Daffy Duck & Egghead Actor 1938

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Jetsons
1962-1987
Voice
  • 1987
  • 1985
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Too Close for Comfort
1980-1987
Voice of Baby Andrew
  • 1982
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979-1981
Voice
  • 1980
  • 1979
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Voice
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Voice Barney Rubble
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Burten
  • 1964
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Voice of Casanova
  • 1958
No Score Yet Academy Awards® Animation Collection
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Platinum Collection
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Premiere Collection
No Score Yet The Bugs Bunny Show
Voice
No Score Yet The Daffy Duck Show
1982
Voice
No Score Yet The Flintstones (inactive)
No Score Yet The Magilla Gorilla Show
1965
Voice
No Score Yet The Road Runner Show
1973
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry
Voice

QUOTES FROM Mel Blanc CHARACTERS

Porky Pig
Th-Th-Th-That's All, Folks!
Mickey Mouse
Gosh, I wonder who he really was?
Eddie Valiant
I'll tell you one thing, Doc. He weren't no rabbit
Eddie Valiant
I'll tell you one thing, Doc. He weren't no rabbit.
Daffy Duck
Or a duck
Daffy Duck
Or a duck.
Goofy Wolf
Or a dog
Goofy Wolf
Or a dog.
Pinocchio
Or a little wooden boy
Pinocchio
Or a little wooden boy.
Woody Woodpecker
Or a woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker
Or a woodpecker.
Sylvester
Or a pussy
Sylvester
Or a pussy.
Gideon
When he lies his niose gets big
Gideon
When he lies his niose gets big.
Bugs Bunny
[Last line, after dispatching Elmer, and one munch on a carrot] Ehh... Next?
Bugs Bunny
[last line, after dispatching Elmer, and one munch on a carrot] Ehh... Next?
Elmer Fudd
I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!
Bugs Bunny
Your spear and magic helmet?
Elmer Fudd
Spear and magic helmet!
Bugs Bunny
Magic helmet?
Elmer Fudd
MAGIC HELMET!
Bugs Bunny
[aside to audience, cynical] Magic helmet.
Bugs Bunny
Eh, what's up doc? Jumping without a parachute? Kinda dangerous ain't it?
Eddie Valiant
Yeah!
Mickey Mouse
Yeah! Ha, ha, you can get killed, ha, ha, ha,ha!
Eddie Valiant
You guys got a spare?
Mickey Mouse
Uh, Bugs does!
Eddie Valiant
Yeah?
Bugs Bunny
Yeah but I don't think you want it!
Eddie Valiant
I do, I do, give it to me!
Bugs Bunny
Okay Doc here's the spare!
Eddie Valiant
Thank you! ( opens spare ) Aw no! Aaaaaaah!
Eddie Valiant
Thank you! (opens spare) Aw no! Aaaaaaah!
Mickey Mouse
Aw, poor fella! Ha, ha!
Bugs Bunny
Yeah, ain't I a stinker?
Daffy Duck
I've worked with a lot of wisequackers, but you are desssspicable!
Donald Duck
Why you doggone stubborn little-- That did it! W-a-a-g-h!
Daffy Duck
This is the last time I work with someone with a sssspeech impediment!