An American voice actor and comedian.
Mel Blanc covered a near 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:
Sylvester the Cat
Wile E. Coyote
Woody Wood Pecker
This was only few as there were 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 his field.
At 16, he changed the spelling of his last name from “Blank,” reportedly because a teacher told him that he would amount to nothing and be, like his last name, “blank.”
Blanc’s success on The Jack Benny Program led to his own radio show on the CBS Radio Network, The Mel Blanc Show, which ran from September 3, 1946, to June 24, 1947.
For his contribution to radio, Mel Blanc has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard.
Blanc said his most challenging job was voicing Yosemite Sam.
One of his last recording sessions was for a new animated theatrical version of The Jetsons.
Blanc died on July 10, 1989 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California of heart disease and emphysema.
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