Mel Blanc, the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, the Road Runner's "Beep!" and Woody Woodpecker's laugh, was in serious condition Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a spokesman said.
Blanc, 81, was suffering from several medical conditions, including a heart problem, said hospital spokesman Ron Wise. His condition has remained unchanged for a week. He entered the hospital May 19.
Blanc has been one of the best-known voices in movies, radio and television--although that voice has a thousand names and a thousand accents and tones.
Since 1937 he has been the voice of such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety-Pie, Woody Woodpecker, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and many other characters.
He was a regular on "The Jack Benny Show," portraying Benny's violin teacher, Prof. LeBlanc, and the train dispatcher who announced "Ana-heim, A-zusa and KOOK-amunga!"