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.
- 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.".
- 'Jack Benny' (qv) once said of him, "There are only five real people in Hollywood. Everybody else is Mel Blanc.".
- 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.
- Many of the voices he did for Looney Tunes were sped up after being recorded. Examples are Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. Porky's voice sounds a little like Bugs' voice before being sped, and Daffy's voice is Sylvester's voice sans the slobbering.
- 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.
- Biography in "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives," Volume Two, 1986- 1990, pp. 112-113. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
- During World War II, he provided the voice of Pvt. Snafu in training films for the soldiers. Interestingly enough, some of these training films were written by Theodor S. Geisel, better known as 'Dr. Seuss' (qv).
Related sites for this celeb