Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc
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Mel Blanc
Radio: North side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Voice Actor
Born Melvin Jerome Blank on May 30, 1908 in San Francisco, CA
Died July 10, 1989 of heart disease in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Mel Blanc was the voice of Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Barney Rubble, Daffy Duck and countless other animated vertebrates.

Known as "The Man of 1,000 Voices," Blanc was virtually never seen on the silver screen during the golden era of Merrie Melodies cartoons. Yet the myriad permutations of his acrobatic vocal cords have remained instantly recognizable by children of all ages around the globe.

Blanc's first major memorable role was that of Porky Pig, which he was offered in 1937 after studio officials decided that the porcine personality, who was originally introduced in 1935, needed a face-lift.

Bugs Bunny followed soon after. In time, Blanc provided the voices for more than 90% of Warner's stable of cartoon characters.

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