Via one of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab:
Mel Blanc was known as “the man of 1,000 voices,” but the actual number may have been closer to 1,500. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety, Barney Rubble — all Mel. His characters made him one of the most beloved men in America. And in 1961, when a car crash left him in a coma, these characters may have saved him.
This story is incredible, and shows just how intertwined and complicated bodies, health, and personality can be. Plus, I didn’t appreciate how versatile a voice actor Mel was when I was younger; it’s amazing to reflect on that now.