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Melvin "Mel" Jerome Blanc (1908 - 1989)

Actor, Voice of Buggs Bunny & Elmer Fudd

Mel Blanc, the entertainer who created classic cartoon voices, was born San Francisco, California in 1908. Originally a musician, he entered radio acting in 1933 and later gained fame as the voice of hundreds of popular and beloved animated cartoon characters. Dubbed "the man of a thousand voices" (actually about 400), Blanc's animated antics are classics, even if some fans may not know the name behind the voice. From cartoons to film to commercials to radio, more than 250 million people worldwide still hear his voice each day.

He has performed hundreds of familiar voices for Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera, including Elmer Fudd, Tweety Pie, Sylvester, Barney Rubble, Road Runner, the Tasmanian devil, Wile E. Coyote, Woody Woodpecker, Foghorn Leghorn, Heathcliffe, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Captain Caveman and more. Apparently his favorites, were Bugs, Tweety and "Taz," which were also among his most outrageous.

In addition Blanc provided voices in the feature films "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988) and the "Jetsons: The Movie" (1990). His autobiography: "That's Not All, Folks: My Life in the Golden Age of Cartoons and Radio" (1988).