81 (passed away Jul. 10th, 1989)
May. 30th, 1908
San Francisco, California, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Voice specialist from radio, movies and TV rarely seen by his widespread audience. On 1940s radio, for example, his voice supplied the sound effects for the comedian 'Jack Benny's antique "Maxwell" automobile's gasping and wheezing and struggling to crank up. More widely recognized as the voice of virtually every major character in the Warner Bros. cartoon pantheon, including Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety & Sylvester both, Yosemite Sam, et al. Since Blanc's death, his son 'Noel Blanc' has taken up some of his father's mantle.
- Shortly before his death, executives of Time Warner (owners of Warner Bros.) 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.
- Profiled in "Old-Time Radio Memories" by Mel Simons (BearManor Media).
- Originally, the sound of the Maxwell car on 'Jack Benny' (qv)'s radio show was a pre-recorded sound effect on a phonograph record. During a live broadcast, however, Blanc noticed that the record player wasn't turned on for the crucial moment when the effect was supposed to play. He quickly grabbed the microphone and improvised the sounds himself, to the utter delight of the studio audience. Benny made it part of the program from then on and gave Blanc much larger parts to play in the show.
- Blanc legally changed his last name from Blank to Blanc because of a nasty school teacher who used to make fun of it.
- 4/27/87: Inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame.
- 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.
- 'Jack Benny' (qv) once said of him, "There are only five real people in Hollywood. Everybody else is Mel Blanc.".
- According to his son 'Noel Blanc' (qv), of all the cartoon characters he voiced, the one that was the closest to his actual voice was Sylvester the Cat, only without the lisp.
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