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Mel Blanc, Man of a Thousand Voices

Published: 5/30/2012

Mel Blanc was truly the "Man of a Thousand Voices." The list of cartoon characters he brought to life goes on and on… Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Barney Rubble, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, and so many more. Movie critic Leonard Maltin once noted, "It is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man!"

Mel Blanc poses with Bugs Bunny at his 80th birthday party in Los Angeles, June 2, 1988. (AP Photo)

Mel Blanc poses with Bugs Bunny at his 80th birthday party in Los Angeles, June 2, 1988. (AP Photo)





Blanc would have turned 104 today, and even more than 20 years after his death, the voices he created are instantly recognizable to generations of viewers. We've collected a few of our favorites to watch (and listen to!) in honor of this comedy great.

Foghorn Leghorn is still is still in action today and has been voiced by a number of actors, but none match the blustery chicken's creator, Mel Blanc.








Blanc voiced both Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, two of the all-time classic cartoon rivals.








While Blanc is best known for his work with Warner Bros. cartoons, he also worked on some of the Hanna-Barbera greats – notably, he was disapproving boss Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons.








And of course, there's the most famous of them all, Bugs Bunny. We loved that wascally wabbit – and the Tasmanian Devil, too, also voiced by Mel Blanc.








We leave you with Blanc’s immortal sign-off. Here’s Porky Pig.








Written by Linnea Crowther



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