2020 June Foray Lifetime
2018 Postumous Award
Melvin Jerome Blanc (born Melvin Blank) - May 30, 1908 - July 10, 1989 - was an American voice actor, comedian, singer, radio personality, and recording artist. After beginning his over 60-year career performing in radio, he became known for his work in animationas the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, PepÈ Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunesand Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the golden age of American animation.
He voiced all of the major male Warner Bros. cartoon characters except for Elmer Fudd, whose voice was provided by fellow radio personality Arthur Q. Bryan, although Blanc later voiced Fudd as well after Bryan's death.
He later voiced characters for Hanna-Barbera's television cartoons, including Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons. Blanc was also the original voice of Woody Woodpecker for Universal Picturesand provided vocal effects for the Tom and Jerry cartoons directed by Chuck Jonesfor MGM, replacing William Hanna.
During the golden age of radio, Blanc also frequently performed on the programs of famous comedians from the era, including Jack Benny,Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allenand Judy Canova.
Having earned the nickname The Man of a Thousand Voices, Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice acting industry.