N/A (passed away Jul. 10th, 1989)
San Francisco, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Cowardly Lion (Voiced)
The Raven (Voiced)
Speed Buggy (Voiced)
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 recognised 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.
- 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.
- 1/24/61: Was in a near-fatal car accident while many of the shows that required his services, most importantly _"The Flintstones" (1960)_ (qv), were still in production. He did the voices of his characters in both his home bed and his hospital bed, in a full body cast and with all his "Flintstones" co-stars and recording equipment crowded into the same room.
- 'Jack Benny' (qv) once said of him, "There are only five real people in Hollywood. Everybody else is Mel Blanc.".
- Shared first name as well as voice booth time with friend 'Mel Tormé' (qv).
- Biography in Smith, Ronald S., "Who's Who in Comedy," pp. 54-55. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
- Sylvester the Cat was modeled after Blanc's character Sylvester on CBS Radio's "The 'Judy Canova' (qv) Show" during the early 1940s.
- 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.
- 1966: Received the French Legion of Honor.
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