Born in San Francisco in 1908, Mel Blanc was the famed voice of popular and beloved animated cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Pie, Sylvester, and many others.
Known as The Man of 1,000 Voices, Blanc's voice as these cartoon characters became instantly recognizable to generations of children starting with the golden era of Merrie Melodies cartoons by Warner Brothers. (See the Complete Illustrated Guide to Warner Bros. Cartoons).
Eh, What's up Doc?
Among the many lines he uttered: Bugs Bunny's "Eh, what's up, Doc", "I tawt I taw a putty tat", from the tart-tongued canary Tweety; the Road Runner's "Beep, beep", Sylvester the Cat's "Thufferin' thuccotash", Woody Woodpecker's signature "Hee, hee, heh, ho. Hee, hee, heh, ho", and stutter- strewn Porky Pig's "Th-th-th-th-that's all f-f-f-folks." Note that Grace Stafford was also the voice for Woody Woodpecker in many cartoons.
He began his career in show business as a musician and a radio performer in 1927, when he sang and performed on a Portland radio show called The Hoot Owls. Mel Blanc also appeared on the Jack Benny Program both on radio and television where he made his character 'Sy, the Little Mexican' famous.
His first Warner Bros. character was a drunken bull in the 1937 Looney Tunes short Picador Porky. As legend has it, the actor playing Porky Pig in that short actually did stutter. A few months later, Mr. Blanc took over the role in Porky's Duck Hunt, stuttering intact, and created Daffy Duck at the same time.
He went on to invent the voices of other well-known cartoon figures, such as Speedy Gonzalez, Pepe Le Pew, Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Heathcliffe the cat, Speed Buggy and Yosemite Sam.
His last cartoon contribution came with 1988's popular animation-live action film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which he did the voices of Daffy, Tweety, Bugs and Sylvester. He died in 1989 in Los Angeles, California.