There's only five real people in Hollywood. Everyone else is Mel Blanc.
Mel Blanc is a hero because of what he could do with his voice for all the Looney Tunes, the Warner Brothers cartoons, to be the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig. To me, he's a great actor.
Oh, here comes Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and Jimmy Smits!
Mel Blanc passed away in '89, and they held auditions, and I did my first job [as Porky Pig] in 1990.
I've always said that you can't be the new Mel Blanc by doing Mel Blanc's voice.
I always used to sit next to Mel Blanc when we'd do the shows. When you have Jack Benny on one side and Mel Blanc on the other, you're not going to go far wrong.
Obviously as a kid, for probably anybody who chose animation voiceover as a career in their adult life, Mel Blanc was the touchstone for everybody. He kind of invented the job and was the first voice actor to get onscreen credit.
I remember as a kid watching TV and seeing Mel Blanc doing his voices and Paul Winchell doing his ventriloquism and thinking, 'Those guys are having a good time. I want to do that.'
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