Friday, December 11, 2009

Time Machine - part II: Mel Blanc

"The man of a thousand voices"

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (1908 – 1989) was an American voice actor and comedian. Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. during the so-called "Golden Age of American animation" (and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions) as the voice of such well-known characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Beaky Buzzard, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, and hundreds of others.

[Read: Mel Blanc @ IMDb]
[Watch: The Voices of Mel Blanc on YouTube]

Some Video Goodies:

Mel blanc on Latenight with Letterman circa 1981

Mel Blanc on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Mel Blanc 1908-1989

Listen (.m4a) to a recording of a speech by Blanc at the 1966 Annual Awards Luncheon of the Station Representatives Association. Titled "Mel Blanc Takes A Humorous Look At Commercials: Past, Present and Future (Who The Hell Is Mel Blanc?)", this record is a hilarious glimpse at both the advertising industry and a little known aspect of the career of one of the most famous voice actors of all time.

Trivia: Mel Blanc was auditioned by director George Lucas to provide the voice for the C-3PO character, and it was he who ultimately suggested that the producers utilize Anthony Daniels' own voice in the role.

Related Post: Time Machine - part I: Murray Spivak

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