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.
- 'Jack Benny' (qv) once said of him, "There are only five real people in Hollywood. Everybody else is Mel Blanc.".
- While in a coma after a cataclysmic automobile accident, doctors unsuccessfully tried to get Mel to talk. Finally, a doctor, who was also a fan of his cartoon characters, asked Mel, "Bugs? Bugs Bunny? Are you there?" Mel responded, in Bugs Bunny's voice, "What's up, Doc?" After talking with several other characters, they eventually led Mel out of his coma.
- His son 'Noel Blanc' (qv) voiced many of the Warner Bros. cartoon characters for a time shortly after Blanc's death.
- 1986: He was selected by a national survey of young people as one of the five individuals they would most like to meet.
- 1925: Was initiated into DeMolay at the Sunnyside Chapter in Portland, OR.
- 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.
- Mel, who was raised in Portland, OR, became friends with the famous Big Band singer 'Kay St. Germain Wells' (qv) who was born and raised in Portland.
- Blanc legally changed his last name from Blank to Blanc because of a nasty school teacher who used to make fun of it.
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