Pinto Colvig in Jacksonville School, 1900
|Born||Vance DeBar Colvig
September 11, 1892
Jacksonville, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 1967
Woodland Hills, California, United States
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City|
|Alma mater||Oregon State University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, circus performer|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Bourke Slavin (m. 1916; d. 1950)
Peggy Bernice Allaire (m. 1952; his death 1967)
|Children||Vance DeBar Colvig, Jr.
William Mason Colvig
Byington Ford Colvig
Bourke L. Colvig (1922–1985)
Courtney X. Colvig (1931–1990)
|Parent(s)||William Mason Colvig (father) (1845–1936)
Adelaide Birdseye Colvig (mother) (1856–1912)
Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig (September 11, 1892 – October 3, 1967) was an American vaudeville actor, voice actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, and circus performer, whose schtick was playing the clarinet off-key while mugging. Colvig was the original Bozo The Clown, and the original voice of the Disney character Goofy. In 1993, he was posthumously made a Disney Legend for his contributions to Walt Disney films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Dumbo.
Colvig was born Vance DeBar Colvig in Jacksonville, Oregon, one of seven children of Judge William Mason Colvig (1845–1936) and wife Adelaide Birdseye Colvig (1856–1912). Although William Colvig was a pioneer, an attorney and a distinguished Oregonian, he was never actually a judge. Pinto graduated from Oregon State University in 1911 at age 18.
After marrying Margaret Bourke Slavin (1892–1950) in 1916, he settled with her in San Francisco, where four of their five boys were born (their last son was born in Los Angeles).
A lifelong smoker, Colvig was one of the pioneers in advocating warning labels about cancer risk on cigarette packages in the United States.
Colvig was the father of the character and voice actor Vance Colvig, who also later portrayed Bozo the Clown on a live TV program.
In 1916, Pinto Colvig worked with Byington Ford and Benjamin Thackston Knight at the Animated Film Corp in San Francisco. The company produced animated cartoons over a decade before Walt Disney did. As Colvig's reputation grew, he worked for the Disney studio, the Warner Bros. animation studio, Fleischer Studios (Bluto, Gabby), and MGM, where he voiced a Munchkin in the 1939 release of The Wizard of Oz. He directed (along with Erdman Penner and Walt Pfeiffer) the 1937 Mickey Mouse short "Mickey's Amateurs" and helped in the 1939 Looney Tunes cartoon "Jeepers Creepers", as well as the 1942 cartoons "Conrad the Sailor" and "Ding Dog Daddy".
Colvig is known as the original voice of Disney's Goofy and the original Bozo the Clown, a part he played for a full decade beginning in 1946. During this period, Colvig recorded the "Filbert the Frog" song, which featured Colvig's virtuoso use of the glottal stop as a musical instrument in itself. He is also the second known voice of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Other notable characters he voiced include Practical Pig, the pig that built the "house of bricks" in the Disney short "Three Little Pigs", and both Sleepy (originally to be voiced by Sterling Holloway) and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the barks for Pluto the dog. He also provided Ichabod Crane's screams in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
In 1922, he created a newspaper cartoon panel titled "Life on the Radio Wave" for the San Francisco Chronicle. The feature ran three or four times per week on the newspaper's radio page, and lasted six months.
|1925||Hey Fever Time|
|After a Reputation|
|Buster be Good|
|Oh! Buster!||The Butler|
|1928||The Cockeyed Family||Orange Farmer||(uncredited)|
|Henpecked||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|The Chain Gang||Hounds||(voice, uncredited)|
|Snappy Salesman||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|Cold Feet||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|The Navy||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|Africa||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|Alaska||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|1931||What a Doctor||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||(voice, uncredited)|
|The Moose Hunt||Pluto||(voice)|
|Mickey Steps Out||Pluto||(voice)|
|Mickey's Orphans||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|1932||The Duck Hunt||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|The Mad Dog||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|Barnyard Olympics||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|Mickey's Revue||Dippy Dog, Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|Just Dogs||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|Trader Mickey||Pluto||(voice, uncredited)|
|The Whoopee Party||Goofy||(voice, uncredited)|
|Touchdown Mickey||Goofy||(voice, uncredited)|
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- Oregon Encyclopedia
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- "Battling Bozos". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
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- "Pinto Colvig, 75, Voice Of Cartoon Characters". The New York Times. October 6, 1967.