Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and hundreds more, started smoking at the age of 9, changed his last name from Blank to Blanc, survived a car accident resulting in a two week coma, recorded The Flintstones in a full body cast, and died only a year after recording Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc (born Melvin Jerome Blank /blæŋk/; May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and radio personality. After beginning his over-60-year career performing in radio, he became known for his work in animation as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and most of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the golden age of American animation.

He later voiced characters for Hanna-Barbera’s television cartoons, including Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons. During the golden age of radio, Blanc also frequently performed on the programs of comedians, including Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, The Great Gildersleeve, and … Continue Reading (19 minute read)

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  1. DieMensch-Maschine

    This guy made voice acting respectable.

  2. reddit455

    > **survived a car accident resulting in a two week coma**

    Bugs woke up first.

    [https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/248590-blanc](https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/248590-blanc)

    This summer, our producer Sean Cole interviewed Noel at the Blanc family house on Big Bear Lake outside of LA. Sean had heard a crazy story about Mel nearly dying in a crash on Dead Man’s Curve on Hollywood Boulevard — and about the moment ***two weeks later when Bugs Bunny emerged from Mel’s coma before Mel did.*** ***In fact, according to neurosurgeon*** ***Louis Conway*** ***who attended to Mel at the time, it seemed as though Bugs Bunny was trying to save his life.***

  3. GenXCub

    I couldn’t believe it hearing his voice as Bob and Doug’s dad in the movie Strange Brew. How many times can you hear Mel Blanc telling those hosers to go get him a beer?

  4. Ok_Translator_2125

    This dude accomplished, like, unthinkably much. I was just stunned by the gigantic list of what he did in his voice acting career.

  5. klsi832

    And his tombstone reads “That’s all folks”.

  6. FullNoodleFrontity

    And he has 1,212 acting credits. I don’t think anyone has more.

  7. AnotherDrunkCanadian

    Eric Bauza, the new voice of Bugs Bunny went to my high-school. He was incredibly talented even then.

  8. topcat5

    His name is on a lot of credits for the cartoons.

  9. theDalaiSputnik

    A genius of the modern age.

  10. Ritehandwingman

    “Ehhh, what’s up, Doc?” holds a whole different meaning to me now.

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