Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (May 30, 1908 -- July 10, 1989), a.k.a. "The ManOfAThousandVoices", was one of the most prolific voice actors of all time, as well as one of the best. Originally working in commercials and radio shows, Blanc was hired by Creator/WarnerBros in the late [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930s]] to do voices for cartoons. And the rest is history.

Blanc is most notable for voicing most of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' (among other cartoons), which frequently saw him TalkingToHimself. What's amazing is that most people probably wouldn't be able to tell that, most, if not ''all'', of the characters in each ''Looney Tunes'' short were being done by the same guy (Leonard Maltin once put his talent into perspective by marveling that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam were the ''same man''). He was ''that'' good. It even got to the point that his knack for doing many voices was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the Porky Pig short ''Curtain Razor''. He was also one of the only voice actors in his day to ever get a credit for his work in any theatrical shorts (which led to a variant of MisattributedSong when voices done by Creator/DawsButler, Creator/StanFreberg, or Arthur Q. Bryan were also assumed to be Blanc).

His wide range of work gave him the cool nickname, "The Man of a Thousand Voices", hence he is the TropeNamer (it should be noted that this is an exaggeration; he admitted in his autobiography that he's done around 850 voices [which is still very high, but only 150 away from 1000]).

Oh, yeah, this is his [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Mel_Blanc_4-15-05.JPG tombstone]]. The [[http://moralauthority.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/3_speechless.jpg "Speechless"]] lithograph was also made following his death.

Needless to say, Blanc is a ''legend'' among voice actors and fans. His voice work is considered the milestone that marks the Golden Age of animated comedy, and his characters' catchphrases are ''still'' remembered nearly a half-century later. It ought to also be remembered that Blanc essentially won voice actors the honor of being credited cast members. He had become so indispensable to Leon Schlesinger's studio that the only way the cheapskate could avoid giving into Blanc's demands for a raise was to guarantee him sole on-screen credit as a voice actor, which gave Blanc the notability to be sought after for work by name. Later, other voice actors followed suit, and within a few years it was unthinkable to not credit a voice actor.

Blanc died in 1989 (presumably from [[{{Workaholic}} exhaustion]]), and, to this date, it seems not many voice actors, if any at all, can really match his wide range of voices. Warner Bros. now has a whole ''staff'' of voice actors to cover what was once done by a single man. Some of his roles include:

* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny - He even chewed raw carrots to get the sound right... [[DoingitForTheArt and immediately spat them back out, because he couldn't swallow them fast enough since he hated the taste of them]]. He admits in his autobiography, ''That's Not All, Folks.'' that they tried a myriad of other vegetables for him to crunch, but unfortunately nothing else sounds like a carrot. There is a popular urban legend that he was allergic to carrots, but [[http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/melblanc.asp this is false.]]
** In 1961, Blanc had a case of "[[IAmNotSpock I Am Spock]]" after a near-fatal car accident which left him in a coma for three weeks. After many attempts to wake him up from his coma, a doctor thought of saying, "How are you today, Bugs Bunny?" at which point he replied (obviously, in WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's voice) and went on to have a full recovery.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] - Basically, this was just his voice for Sylvester the Cat sped up.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky Pig]] - his first major role, as well as [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit one of his last]]. Originated by Joe Dougherty (who actually had a stutter which was hard to control); Blanc replaced him in 1937.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]] - based on French actor, Creator/CharlesBoyer (though thanks to Blanc's take on Boyer for Pepe Le Pew, many generations wouldn't know that).
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Sylvester the Cat]] - The character who sounds the closest to Blanc in RealLife. It was slightly exaggerated and a lisp was added. You can hear him speak [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGO0n5ui2xU his appearance]] on the Johnny Carson show.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tweety Bird]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] - based off of Kenny Delmar's Senator Claghorn character from radio (and, much like WesternAnimation/PepeLePew, has succumbed to the WeirdAlEffect).
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes The Tasmanian Devil]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Speedy Gonzales]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Yosemite Sam]] - One of two of his classic characters he didn't portray in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' because his voice was too weak to handle Sam's gruffness. There was also an extended Foghorn Leghorn sequence cut from the film which was done by Joe Alaskey, at Blanc's request.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]] - Actually, Blanc was '''not''' the regular voice of Elmer; Elmer's actor was one Arthur Q. Bryan, who was just about the only actor besides Blanc (excepting occasional guest voices) to ever contribute to the Looney Tunes canon. However, Blanc did voice Fudd in a few cartoons in the 1970s and 1980s after Bryan's death and a few 1960s appearances with Hal Smith as Elmer. He reluctantly did Elmer's one line in ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'' though, as it was easier than bringing in Bryan for so little work. Blanc admittedly couldn't do Elmer's voice to his satisfaction, and this is why Elmer is not included in the "Speechless" lithograph.
** He also did Elmer's bellowed "SMOG!" in "WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc", when Bryan couldn't quite get his voice powerful enough.
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker: He briefly voiced the character in his first three cartoons, but was immediately forced to step down from the role once he gained an exclusive contract for the Looney Tunes series--but the famous Rat-A-Tat laugh that he gave Woody would be recycled well up into the 1950's, even after Woody found other actors. His voice for Woody landed somewhere between a mix of his voices for WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck (but obviously sped up), with his laugh being derived from a rejected laugh he used for the rabbit in "WesternAnimation/PorkysHareHunt".
** Most curiously, Woody's very first line in "Knock Knock" is Mel Blanc's normal speaking voice, which is not sped up at all.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]] While Sylvester was closest to Blanc's normal speaking voice, Barney got Mel's laugh, just a bit more forceful (Daws Butler voiced Barney Rubble when Blanc was in the hospital. One episode even had Barney's voice change from Daws Butler's to Blanc's right in the middle of the episode).
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Dino]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Mr. Spacely]] - also very close to his real voice (and sounds similar to Yosemite Sam's when he gets angry). His final performance before his death was for ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie''.
** Gregg Berger has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb21G113usE a lovely story]] about how Blanc fell asleep during one of the recording sessions for ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' with a lit cigarette in his hand. When awoken on the studio headphones, he awoke with a start and immediately cried out - in Mr. Spacely's voice - the catchphrase "Jet-SON!".
* WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop The Bully Brothers, Chugaboom and Yak-Yak]]
* WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy
* Various minor characters in ''[[Creator/HannaBarbera Wally Gator]]''
* [[WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels Captain Caveman]]
* [[WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats Heathcliff]] - his last "new" character, first assumed in 1980 (more than four ''decades'' after his debut as a voice actor).
* Mr. Postman from the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show
* A number of minor characters on ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', including Jack's parrot, Jack's polar bear, and Jack's ''car''.
** Also Benny's violin teacher, Professor [=LeBlanc=]; the little Mexican guy that always triggered the "Si, Sy, Sue" routine; the put-upon store clerk that Benny always drove to insanity (sometimes, even suicide!) in the annual Christmas show; and the train station announcer who always intoned the "Anaheim, Azusa, and Cuc.... amonga!" schtick and its variations.
** There's a story that he took over doing the car when, during an early rehearsal, he noticed that the tape recorder with the prerecorded tape of a failing car was unplugged. Not wanting to miss the cue, he stepped up to the microphone and quickly "stepped in" for the car, which was such a hit with those present that it was decided to give up on the tape and permanently appoint him car-in-chief.
** And as an "English Horse"
** Occasionally appeared as "himself" as an out-of-work actor, trying to get Jack Benny to let him do his Al Jolson imitation on his show.
** A sometimes-mentioned running gag on the Jack Benny Show was that all of the various characters, animals and objects played by Mel Blanc bore a striking resemblance to each other...
* WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu: Basically the same voice he uses for WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (who happens to cameo in a short [[ActingForTwo alongside the bumbling solider]]).
* Twiki on ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
* [[Magazine/{{Mad}} Alfred E. Neuman]] on the comedy song "[[CatchPhrase What, Me Worry?]]"
* And a whole lot more, including a number of secondary and one-time characters. Many have tried to make a complete list and failed. Even Wiki/ThatOtherWiki admits that its list of Blanc's roles is incomplete.
''"Th-th-th-that's all, folks!"''