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Mel Blanc

Lowest Rated:   21% The Jetsons (1990)
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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
57% Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Gremlin Car
$21.1M 2003
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Puppy Dino
2000
23% The Flintstones
  • Voice of Dino
1994
21% 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
No Score Yet 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 Very Merry Cricket
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Scalawag
  • Barfly the Parrot
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
73% 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?
  • BrunhildeBugs 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 Academy Awards® Animation Collection
  • Actor
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Platinum Collection
  • Actor
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Premiere Collection
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Flintstones
  • Actor

Quotes from Mel Blanc's Characters