Mel Blanc

May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989

It’s no stretch to call Mel Blanc the most famous voice actor of all time. The immensely talented actor spent more than six decades providing the voices for some of the most popular cartoon characters ever. From his groundbreaking and legendary work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester AND Tweety, Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzalez…etc. etc. etc.) to his work with Hanna-Barbera (Barney Rubble, Dino, Cosmo Spacely, Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman…you get the picture) his characters endeared and enamored generations and still carry on to this day. Born and raised in San Francisco, Blanc transferred his love for dialects and voices into successful radio appearances. His work with Warner Bros. radio in Los Angeles drew the attention of the company’s animation group and the rest is history.

His range and the sheer breadth of his character stable will never be matched in the industry. Blanc continued to play his beloved characters until the very end. He performed Bugs and others in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mr. Spacely in 1990’s Jetsons: The Movie. After a lengthy battle with emphysema and coronary artery disease, Mel Blanc’s voice was silenced forever after 81 years.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of the Exodus, L-149; take Pineland Avenue south from the main entrance, past Maple Avenue and Mel is buried right next to the road on your left.

 

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