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How Being Bugs Bunny Saved Mel Blanc's Life After A Near-Fatal Accident

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Some people believe that their job defines them, but really there is something that matters more. The things that you absolutely love to do explain a lot more about your personality than your job does. There are however, a few lucky people who's job IS the thing they love to do. Mel Blanc was one of those people.

The iconic voice actor got his start on radio, doing multiple character voices on a program called The Hoot Owls. His credits started piling up, with countless radio shows and numerous characters all becoming synonymous with his name. But everything changed when he got the call for one particular role.

A lot of actors have parts that define their careers, and Mel Blanc was no exception. The voice actor was called in by Warner Bros to voice their new character who's inspiration came from an unusual place. After seeing the iconic movie It Happened One Night, Warner Bros came up a with a new cartoon idea based on the scene where Peter Warne's character was eating carrots while leaning against a fence.

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With that little spark of inspiration, they went to work on creating one of the more iconic characters of all time. Mel Blanc signed on to do the voice and then Bugs Bunny came to life. He first appeared in a film called A Wild Hare which also introduced us to Elmer Fudd.

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The character was one that Blanc absolutely loved to voice. He ended up adding even more characters to the world of Bugs Bunny, including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn and more.

Blanc quickly earned the nickname "The Man of 1000 voices", and continued to create the characters that we all grew up loving.

In 1961, Blanc was in a terrible car-crash. He was alone in his car when he collided head-on with an 18-year-old student. The student managed to escape relatively unscathed, but Blanc wasn't so lucky...

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