Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10: Mel Blanc

On this date in History ... July 10, 1989:

Mel Blanc, the voice of numerous cartoon characters, dies at the age of 81.  

He was known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices” and the most influential in the voice-acting industry.  He was the first voice-actor to get screen credit. He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and became the youngest orchestra leader at the age of 17.

In addition to his more famous voices, he did the voice for Barney Rubble (“The Flintstones”), Mr. Spacely (“The Jetsons”), and was the first voice for Toucan Sam in Fruit Loops commercials. 

He also voiced “Private Snafu”, a character in WWII Army cartoon films.  Snafu was drawn by Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (see my post/blog of March 2 .... ). 

Blanc's tombstone is engraved, at his request, with the words, "That's all folks!"

NOTE: We own a copy of this timeless “no words are needed” commemorative print.  
It was a gift from our dear friends from England, Ken and Shirley.

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