Mel Blanc

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Mel Blanc
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Born Melvin Jerome Blank
May 30, 1908
San Francisco, California
Died July 10, 1989
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Heart disease Emphysema
Nationality American
Occupation(s) Voice actor
Radio personality
Years active at Hanna-Barbera 1959-1989
Characters played Barney Rubble
Hardy Har Har
Cosmo Spacely
Droop-a-long Coyote
Secret Squirrel
Yak Yak
Bully Brothers
Bubba McCoy
Speed Buggy
Captain Caveman

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (born Blank; May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and radio personality known for being one of the most influential people in the voice acting career, and for being known as "The Man of a Thousand Voices". For Hanna-Barbera, he was best known as the voice of Barney Rubble, Dino, Mr. Spacely, Secret Squirrel, Speed Buggy, and Captain Caveman. He was also both Tom and Jerry in Chuck Jones' run of the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts.

Blanc died on July 10, 1989, at the age of 81. Jetsons: The Movie, one of his last roles, was dedicated to him.


20th century

Other roles

Before working for Hanna-Barbera, Blanc made a prolific career in radio programs during the Golden Age of Radio, including The Jack Benny Program, where he provided the distinct voices for Benny's Maxwell automobile, violin teacher Professor LeBlanc, Polly the Parrot, Benny's pet polar bear Carmichael and the train announcer. He would carry a majority of these roles when the program transitioned to television in 1950.

At Warner Bros.' cartoon unit during the Golden Age of animation, he was famously known for originating almost all the character voices in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, and Porky Pig among many others. He continued to voiced these characters until his passing in 1988, during which he voiced some of their cameos in the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Blanc was briefly attached as the initial voice of Woody Woodpecker (including his trademark laughter) for Walter Lantz's series of theatrical shorts for Universal, but stopped after the character's first three shorts when he signed an exclusive contract for Warner Bros. Despite this, Blanc's laugh was used in the Woody Woodpecker cartoons until 1951, when Gracie Stafford provided Woody's voice and laugh until the series' end in 1972.[1]

He was hired to provide the voice for Gideon the cat, in the 1940 Disney feature film Pinocchio, but it was eventually decided that the character would be mute (save for a hiccup heard three times in the final film).[2]

After voicing Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Blanc's last original character was Heathcliff from the titular comic strip, whom he voiced in both the 1980 Ruby-Spears animated series and the 1984 DIC series.


  1. ^ Blanc, Mel; Bashe, Philip (January 1, 1989). That's Not All Folks. New York: Warner Books. ISBN ‎978-0446390897. Retrieved March 10, 2024
  2. ^ No Strings Attached: The Making of Pinocchio. Pinocchio DVD, 2009.