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That Time Mel Blanc Almost Died and Woke From His Coma as Bugs Bunny

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By HVentertainment on November 24, 2012

Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Porky Pig. Tweety Bird. Sylvester the Cat. Yosemite Sam. Foghorn Leghorn. Marvin the Martian. Pepé Le Pew. Speedy Gonzales. The Tasmanian Devil.

Even Barney Rubble had life breathed into his character by Mel Blanc.

In many ways, the complimentary “Man of 1,000 Voices” moniker sold Blanc incredibly short — his son Noel claims his dad did about 1,500 voices.

Blanc’s career, and his life, almost came to a crashing halt (literally) in 1961, when his car was involved in a head-on collision on Dead Man’s Curve on Hollywood Boulevard. What happened next is beyond fascinating.

WYNC’s Radiolab, “a show about curiosity,” recently reeled off a short but in-depth piece on how Blanc woke up from his coma in character (characters, actually), and why the intricacies of the human brain continue to baffle us.

Man, the end of that podcast is brutal. That’s how he died? Yikes.

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(top image via Knoji)

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