6 actors you didn't know voiced Looney Tunes characters

You may have heard these famous actors in a Looney Tunes short and didn't even know it!

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When Looney Tunes comes to mind, we think Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and so many others. Mel Blanc was known for voicing all of these characters and countless more for the cartoon shorts. 

Though Blanc was such an integral part of the cartoons, he actually didn't voice every single character for every short film, though with his skill set, he probably could have! 

While Blanc was known for his voice acting, there were several live-action actors who got behind the microphone for Looney Tunes characters, too. 

Here are six actors you've likely seen on classic television who also voiced Looney Tunes characters. 

Did you know these actors voiced these characters?

1. Hal Smith - Elmer Fudd

It's hard to imagine Hal Smith in a role that isn't Otis Campbell from The Andy Griffith Show. Smith is known on screen as Mayberry's day-to-day inmate, causing trouble for Sheriff Andy and Deputy Fife. However, Smith has over 100 voice acting credits to his name, per IMDb. Included in that list are a few very quiet appearances as Elmer Fudd! Smith first voiced the character in the 1960 short Dog Gone People. He's also voiced other characters including Owl in Winnie the Pooh and Tex Flintstone in The Flintstones

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2. Roy Rogers - Elmer Fudd

We're going way back for this one! Known as the "King of Cowboys," Roy Rogers worked steadily and frequently in Western films in the late Thirties and early Forties. In the midst of all the Westerns, Rogers worked behind the camera in a 1938 short called A Feud There Was, in which he voices Elmer Fudd! The Elmer Fudd in this short isn't the archenemy of Bugs Bunny we've come to know over the years, but a very early version with "The Peacemaker" as his nickname. This was only the fourth appearance of this early version of Elmer. 

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3. Sheldon Leonard - Dodsworth

You might know the name Sheldon Leonard from his roles in several Forties films and his classic television guest star appearances in the decades that followed. You might know the name Sheldon Leonard as the co-creator of The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., but do you know Sheldon Leonard as the Looney Tunes character Dodsworth? If you don't know him by his portrayal of this cartoon, you're not alone! Dodsworth appeared in the 1952 short Kiddin' the Kitten and the 1953 short A Peck O'Trouble as a relatively small character. This sleepy, lazy and clumsy cat didn't last long, only seen in the aforementioned shorts before disappearing. 

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4. Larry Storch - Cool Cat

You might recognize Larry Storch, who passed away in July of 2022, for his time as Cpl. Randolph Agarn in F-Troop, who appeared in all 65 episodes of the Western spoof. Storch was the voice behind Cool Cat, a cross-country traveling tiger who spoke with a touch of beatnik slang. Typically seen in a green tie and matching beret, Cool Cat is mellow and seemlessly fends off big game hunter Colonel Rimfire. This character was featured in six shorts including Cool Cat and Big Game Haunt. Did you know Storch was the voice behind this Cool Cat?

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5. Bea Benaderet - Several characters

Bea Benaderet is arguably best known for her role as Kate Bradley, a mother of three daughters who is in charge of the Shady Rest Hotel in Petticoat Junction. She's also famously known as the voice behind Betty Rubble on The Flintstones. Several years prior to both of those shows, Benaderet voiced a number of small roles for Looney Tunes in several short films. Most noteably, Benaderet voiced the characters of Granny and Gertrude (pictured). 

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6. Frank Gorshin - Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn & Daffy Duck

Most know Frank Gorshin for his high-pitch laugh that went so well with the green suit on Batman. His portrayal of The Riddler is arguably the most impactful character on the series. Gorshin appeared on screen with several roles on several classic television shows throughout his career, including Star Trek, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and many more. He even voiced some of the best known Looney Tunes characters. He portrayed Yosemite Sam in 1997's From Hare to Eternity and played both Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck in Superior Duck

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wallyandbagfan 1 month ago
I wonder who did the voice of EGGHEAD?
One Cartoon historian said that EGGHEAD and ELMER FUDD WERE TWO DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
IN THE POPEYE CARTOONS I WONDER
IF BLUTO AND BRUTUS WERE THE
SAME CHARACTER.
I thought that they were but, of course, I could be mistaken. Maybe someone else may know the answer.
Andy 1 month ago
Stan Freberg also voiced several WB characters, including Pete the Puma.
RedSamRackham 1 month ago
* That Roy Rogers version of Elmer Fudd was also known as Egghead!
Kramden62 1 month ago
Daws Butler, best known for voicing Hanna-Barbera's Snagglepuss, voiced Joseph Wilbur and was the narrator in the 1956 Merrie Melodies short "Rocket-Bye-Baby." June Foray voiced his wife, Martha, and was also the voice of the elderly woman who screamed after she saw the Martian baby. Neither received an on-screen credit.
CoreyC 1 month ago
The last legendary living voice actor is Frank Welker.
daDoctah CoreyC 1 month ago
What's funny is I first became aware of Welker in live-action form, on the final season of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". One sketch had him in split-screen playing both Dick Cavett and Peter Falk simultaneously, and another in which he approached ventriloquist Willie Tyler and his puppet Lester as The Cos. After thirty seconds or so, he walked off and WIllie asked Lester who that was, and Lester responded "that was either some white dude doing a great impression of Bill Cosby, or Bill Cosby doing an *incredible* impression of some white dude".
KristenQuaedvlieg 1 month ago
Don’t forget Jim Backus as the genie in “A-Lad-In His Lamp” (1948)
I assume Richard Haydn (Edwin Carp from that one episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the voice of the Caterpillar in Disney's animated "Alice in Wonderland") had voiced the scientist who provides the formula at the beginning of "Super-Rabbit", but apparently it was voice actor Kent Rogers doing an amazing imitation of Haydn.
scoobydoofan daDoctah 1 month ago
I thought that Richard Haydn eas the voice of Clyde CRASHCUP THE WACKY INVENTER .LEONARDO WAS
CLYDE S ASSISTANT.
Kramden62 scoobydoofan 1 month ago
Shep Menken was the voice of Clyde Crashcup.
EricFuller 1 month ago
Bea was also the voice of Mama Bear in Warner Bros. shorts.
JeffPaul76 EricFuller 1 month ago
Bea Benaderet also played Jethro Bodine's Mother Pearl, in "The Beverly Hillbillies". Long Before "Petticoat Junction".
KevinButler 1 month ago
The voices of "Father Time" and "Baby Bear"on"Rudolph's Shiny New Year"was performed by tv's most beloved clown:Red Skelton.
KevinButler 1 month ago
Sheldon Leonard would work on one more cartoon series as a vo performer:"Linus The Lionhearted"For the ABC & later CBS TV Networks..Frank Gorshin would do another voice over..not for a cartoon series..but? for a holiday tv puppet animated special"Rudolph's Shiny New Year"..he was the voice of the knight..who along with "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer","Om"(the cave man)and "Big Ben"(the kindly talking whale)they went to find"Happy The new year baby"(Morey Amserdam and Hal Peary..were the voices of "OM" and "Big Ben").
JHP 1 month ago
off topic

but a for super Christmas present to me - Me Tv

how about showing Benny Hill?
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clovergirl JHP 1 month ago
AntennaTV shows two hours of Benny Hill every Saturday night at midnight. These episodes are still funny after all these years.
JHP clovergirl 1 month ago
well on one tv I do get OTA - time to find my vcr:)

thanks for the info
JHP Andy 1 month ago
I realize that but I think Me-tv powers at be do read these boards (they spend $$ to maintain them) - it gives them the pulse of viewer ship - now would programming change because of input ? There is a lot more into that
LoveMETV22 Andy 1 month ago
That particular show as funny as it is (opinion), would not appear on MeTV. Although broadcast rights and cost are considerations for any network, with "Benny Hill " it's content.
braycy 1 month ago
Otis Campbell!
Did Andy know about this!? Interesting!
CoreyC 1 month ago
Frank Gorshin was a well known impressionist. After Mel Blanc's death they went to Frank.
JHP CoreyC 1 month ago
frank G - true zany talent
daDoctah 1 month ago
Recalling now that Stan Freberg was the voice of Pete Puma in "Rabbit's Kin", doing his best Frank Fontaine impression.

And of course in "The Mouse That Jack Built", Mel Blanc is joined by several of the Jack Benny performers playing themselves: Jack himself, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Mary Livingstone and Don Wilson.
cperrynaples daDoctah 1 month ago
Yep and Benny appears in live action to show it was just a dream! Fun Fact: Blanc got to be the sound of Benny's Maxwell car! Bonus Question: In what '70's cartoon did he do the "Maxwell motor" effect?
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 1 month ago
Are you referring to the Speed Buggy Series of cartoons from the 70's?
He also voiced Polly the Parrot and Carmichael the Polar Bear in some episodes of both the radio and TV series. He also played the announcer at the train station. One of Blanc's best performances IMHO is as the frustrated store clerk in a Christmas episode of "The Jack Benny Program" where Jack tries to purchase a wallet as a gift for Don Wilson.
Kramden62 LoveMETV22 1 month ago
I have no doubt it was "Speed Buggy."
Stan Freberg also narrated “Three Little Bops” (1957)
You people keep forgetting the i in Stan Frieberg's name.
justjeff 1 month ago
This was a stretch by the MeTV bunch, to say the least. The original voice of Elmer Fudd (as we know him) was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan (who'd originated that tongue-tied voice on radio). After Bryan's death, Hal Smith was one of a number of actors who did Elmer - including Mel Blanc (who'd once related that it was one of the most difficult voices he ever had to do)...

As for Frank Gorshin, keep in mind that despite his talents, he was still copying voices originated by Blanc, *not* originating them...

Roy Rogers (according to the Looney tunes Wicki) "...provided Elmer Fudd's singing voice in "A Feud There Was" and provided yodels in "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" as heard in "The Isle of Pingo Pongo"... so he didn't *really* do Elmer... but you wouldn't expect the MeTV writing staff to do their homework now, would you?

Besides Granny, Bea Benadaret also voiced Witch Hazel - both of those characters were later voiced by June Foray!
LoveMETV22 justjeff 1 month ago
Nothing like a good stretch....
Sway 1 month ago
Frank Gorshin did great impressions.
cperrynaples Sway 1 month ago
Yep, he did them the night the Beatles made their Ed Sullivan debut!
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Sheldon Leonard also did lots of radio and always recognize his voice. His racetrack tout on Jack Benny stands out.
Love him on Jack Benny
He played Nick the bartender in "It's a Wonderful Life".
That’s right he did.
I’m surprised you didn’t mention his recurring role as Grogan on “The Phil Harris- Alice Faye Show.”
Lol the reason is a lot of people think Phil Harris was a fisherman in Alaska not a band leader with an actress/singer wife.
Catman 1 month ago
great story!
cperrynaples Catman 1 month ago
Yep, but all of these were revealed last week on TIWM!
PS the end scene of Gertrude was a classic! "My, that was a very deep hole!"
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