Jeff Bergman

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Jeff Bergman
Born Jeff Allen Bergman
(1960-07-10) July 10, 1960 (age 54)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1986-present
Notable credit(s) Jetsons: The Movie
as George Jetson
The Looney Tunes Show
as Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck
Website
www.insidejeffbergman.net

Jeff Allen Bergman (born July 10, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American voice actor, who provides the modern-day voices of various classic cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, George Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Tom Cat and, Jerry Mouse. Bergman was the first to replace Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and several other Warner Bros. cartoon characters following Mel Blanc's death in 1989. Along with Joe Alaskey, Bergman is known to be one of Mel Blanc's successors.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Philadelphia, Bergman studied theater and communications at the University of Pittsburgh where he first did voice work when he got involved with a student-run radio station and interned at KQV and WDVE radio stations in Pittsburgh.[2] While there, he made his first demo reel and was profiled in a story on KDKA-TV's Evening Magazine. The story was picked up on similar TV news magazines shows and helped land him his representation with William Morris Agency following his graduation from Pitt in 1983.[2]

Career[edit]

Bergman's work with Warner Bros. began when he recorded a tape of himself as several of Mel Blanc's characters, including Bugs Bunny. He took the tape to the production company and used a switch to toggle back and forth between his work and the original Mel Blanc recording. The producers were unable to tell the difference between the voices,[citation needed] and Bergman became the first performer to provide the voice of Bugs Bunny after Mel Blanc died in 1989.

His first appearance in that role, as well as those of Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, was in the 1990 animated short "Box Office Bunny," Bugs' first in over 25 years. Bergman later voiced Bugs and Daffy again in the 1990 TV specials "Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue" and "The Earth Day Special" (also voicing Tweety Bird and Porky Pig in the latter). He voiced Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, and Yosemite Sam in the 1991 short "(Blooper) Bunny," as well as several characters (including Sylvester the Cat and Foghorn Leghorn) in animated TV specials and newer animated series' such as Tiny Toon Adventures. Bergman promoted himself heavily as the new official voice for the Warner Bros. animated characters; Warner Bros. took exception to this, and to avoid repeating the stranglehold of Mel Blanc's exclusivity, began using other actors such as Greg Burson and Billy West.

Bergman had a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live as the voice of Bugs Bunny in 2003. Eventually, after almost 20 years, he returned as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester the Cat, Pepé Le Pew, and Tweety in 2011’s The Looney Tunes Show.

Bergman also voiced George Jetson and Mr. Spacely in Jetsons: The Movie when their previous voice actors George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc both died during production. Bergman is a recurring cast member of Family Guy, usually voicing Fred Flintstone and Sylvester the Cat, as well as The Cleveland Show. He voiced the Sneetches and the cat in Storybook Weaver and Storybook Weaver Deluxe. He also gave a voice sample for a character in the 2011 Spyro game, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

Bergman had a recurring role as a radio intern Gus Kahana on the AMC comedy-drama Remember WENN which aired in the late 1990s.[2]

Voice roles[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Bugs Bunny Show Additional voices
1990 The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera George Jetson
Ghosts
Police Chief
Short film
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Jetsons: The Movie George Jetson
Mr. Spacely
Box-Office Bunny Bugs Bunny
Elmer Fudd
Daffy Duck
Short film
1991 (Blooper) Bunny Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1998 The Secret of Mulan Additional voices Direct-to-video
2006 Porky and Daffy in the William Tell Overture Porky Pig Short film
2010 Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Butch
Droopy
Direct-to-video
2012 Big Miracle Ronald Reagan
2012 Foodfight! Charlie Tuna

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
TV short
1990 The Earth Day Special Bugs Bunny
Tweety
Porky Pig
1990-1991 Tiny Toon Adventures Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Elmer Fudd
Additional voices
1991 Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes Bugs Bunny TV short
1992 Bugs Bunny's Creature Features Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
The Plucky Duck Show Foghorn Leghorn
Daffy Duck
Episodes: "A Quack in the Quarks"
"A Ditch in Time"
"Slugfest/Duck Dodgers Jr./Duck Trek"
1995-2000 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Additional voices
1996-1999 Doug Coach Spitz
2001 The Flintstones: On the Rocks Fred Flintstone
Parking Guard
Vendor
TV movie
The Jetsons: Father & Son Day George Jetson
Elroy Jetson
Mr. Cosmo Spacely
2002 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law George Jetson
Bakov
Clown
Episode: "Shaggy Busted"
The Jetsons: The Best Son George Jetson
Elroy Jetson
Robot Boy
2003 Saturday Night Live Bugs Bunny Episode: "Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite"
Cartoon Network's Funniest Bloopers and Other Embarrassing Moments Porky Pig
Fred Flintstone
George Jetson
Foghorn Leghorn
Henery Hawk
TV short
2004 Johnny Bravo Fred Flintstone Episode: "Wilderness Protection Program/A Page Right Out of History"
2006-2013 Family Guy Additional voices
2008, 2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Host
Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble
Episodes: "A Dog on the $25,000 Pyramid"
"Fred and Barney Try to Get Into a Club"
2010 The Cleveland Show Alda-nator
Garrison Keillor
Episodes: "Love Rollercoaster"
"Buried Pleasure"
2011-2013 The Looney Tunes Show Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Sylvester
Tweety
Foghorn Leghorn
Additional voices
2012 Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
2013 Mad James P. Sullivan
Daffy Duck
Episodes: "First White House Down/McDuck Dynasty"
"Iron Bland 3/Monsters Community"
"World War ZZZ/SHAZAM! & Cat"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Bergman," Behind the Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com/
  2. ^ a b c Owen, Rob (2011-05-01). "Pitt grad voices Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck on Cartoon Network". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2011-05-01. 

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