New Mel Blanc Bio Looks Like A Must-Have

The new biography Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices by Ben Ohmart starts shipping this week. Blanc created the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, and Barney Rubble, among hundreds of others. Ohmart’s book looks like the definitive statement on Blanc, who in the opinion of many (myself included) has never been surpassed for sheer range and skill as a voice actor.

According to the publisher’s description, the book is based in part on an unpublished biography by Mel Blanc’s son, Noel. It’s a massive 700-plus page book that includes a credit list and discography. Order Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices for $44 on Amazon.


  • Pedro Nakama

    You can listen to a lot of Mel Blanc’s old radio shows right here…

    http://www.otr.net/?p=melb

    • RODAN

      OTR is a great sorce for radio and movie stars of the Golden Era. And if they’ve produced a Mel Blanc compilation it has got to be a good one!
      Great call Pedro!

      • Walt Mitchell

        (This is being written on July 23, 2014.) For those who have not yet bought the book, I can say that it contains a chronological listing, within each separate genre, of ALL known Mel Blanc performances in all media in which he worked! A specialist in each of those media supplied the listing FOR that medium. I appreciate the above reviewer’s mention of the discography, because I compiled and supplied that, in addition to much background text on the making of Mel’s records! (Capitol paid him handsomely–especially in 1947 dollars–for his performing skills!)

  • RODAN

    I loved Mel’s savy regardign his career. His stories about how he got started were legendary. I would love to read this book!

  • http://www.toasterguy.com Aaron

    I, too, feel Mel Blanc is unparalleled in the field of voice acting. I hope this book is more “actual life story” and less “stories Mel told a hundred times that sounded great but were as made up as his cartoon voices.”

  • Jed Martinez

    Not only is Mel Blanc “the man of a thousand voices”, he’s truly “the man of a thousand credits”, as his voice was heard in mediums other than just cartoons. For example, I recall hearing his voice on TV shows like “The Mothers-In-Law” and “The Munsters”, and numerous movies from “Jack and the Beanstalk” (with Abbott & Costello) to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.
    Ohmart’s biography of Blanc should be a welcome addition to anyone’s library (on show biz and/or animation).

  • Ryan

    Wow, I can’t wait for this. It sounds great!

  • Justin

    I have Mel’s autobiography “That’s Not All Folks!” I hope this book is as good as the other one.

  • James Madison

    Wow!

  • Joe Heffernan

    It’s out of stock already at Amazon!