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.
- 1986: He was selected by a national survey of young people as one of the five individuals they would most like to meet.
- 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.
- Epitaph on headstone at his burial site in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood reads, "That's All, Folks!".
- 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.
- Blanc legally changed his last name from Blank to Blanc because of a nasty school teacher who used to make fun of it.
- The sound Bugs makes while munching a carrot is actually Mel Blanc munching on a carrot. He tried using celery, raw potatoes, and a lot of other things, but only a carrot would make that carrot crunching sound. According to Noel Blanc, Mel's son, Mel was not in fact allergic to carrots as was previously thought by many. People who worked in the sound studios believed this because they would see Mel spitting out the carrot after taking a bite. Mel did this because he could not speak with the carrot in his mouth and that was the only reason he spat it out.
- Biography in Smith, Ronald S., "Who's Who in Comedy," pp. 54-55. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
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