Born: May 30, 1908,
San Francisco, California
10, 1989 (age 81), Los Angeles, California
"Mel" Jerome Blanc (Born Melvin Jerome Blank) was an
American voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly
six-decade-long career performing in radio and television commercials,
Blanc is best known for his work with Warner Bros. during the Golden Age
of American animation (and later for Hanna-Barbera television
productions) as the voice of such iconic characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy
Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn,
Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, and hundreds
of others. Having earned the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Voices",
Blanc is regarded as one of the most gifted and influential persons in
What do you know about Mel Blanc?
Try this Cartoon Quick Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end
of the page.
1. In the late 1930, he became a regular on the
network radio show. What was the program?
- The Jack Benny Program
- Jack Parr's Hour
- The Maxwell Hour
2. One of the famous Blanc shtick on the radio
show was the train depot announcer who inevitably intoned: "Train
leaving on Track Five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga".
3. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Porky's
Duck Hunt as the voice of a drunken bull.
4. The Mel Blanc Show, ran from September 3, 1946
to June 24, 1947. Blanc played himself as the hapless owner of a fix-it
shop, as well as a wide range of comical support characters. Who was NOT
a regular on the show?
- Alan Reed
- Bea Benaderet
- Tex Avery
5. On January 24, 1961, Blanc was involved in a
near-fatal car accident in Hollywood. It happened on what street?
- Sunset Boulevard
- Hollywood Street
- Vine Street
6. In the Flintstones, what character was Mel the
- Fred Flintstone
- Fred Bedrock
- Barney Rubble
7. His original characterization (for over 52
years) is the longest time any animated character has been performed by
his or her original voice contributor. Who is the character?
- Donald Duck
- Daffy Duck
- Bugs Bunny
8. From 1967 to 1971, Mel was the voice of a
character used in TV ads for this corn chip. Name the character?
- Speedy Gonzales
- Frito Bandito
- Tex Avery
9. Blanc was one of hundreds of individuals that
George Lucas auditioned to provide the voice for the character of C-3PO
for his 1977 film Star Wars.
10. Blanc died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
Los Angeles, California of heart disease and emphysema.
Mel Blanc Buried?