Gregory Lewis Burson
June 29, 1949
|Died||July 22, 2008 (aged 59)|
Gregory Lewis Burson (June 29, 1949 – July 22, 2008) was an American voice actor, best known as a replacement for voice actors Daws Butler and Mel Blanc following their deaths in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
Burson was trained by Daws Butler and took over the voicing of most of his characters when he died. Burson was also a voice replacement for Mel Blanc, and voiced many of his characters as well, including Bugs Bunny, for whom he was given the responsibility of voicing in 1995's Carrotblanca, a well-received 8-minute Looney Tunes cartoon originally shown in cinemas alongside The Amazing Panda Adventure (USA and Canada) and The Pebble and the Penguin (non-US). It has since then released on video, packaged with older Looney Tunes cartoons, and was even included in the special edition DVD release of Casablanca, of which it is both a parody and a homage. Burson also voiced Bugs in the 1997 short From Hare to Eternity, which is notable for being dedicated to the memory of the then-recently deceased Friz Freleng, and for being the final Looney Tunes cartoon that Chuck Jones directed. Burson also provided Bugs' voice in new animation for The Bugs and Daffy Show, which ran on Cartoon Network from 1996 to 2003. Alternating with Joe Alaskey and Jeff Bergman, he also voiced several other Looney Tunes characters including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, and Foghorn Leghorn on various Warner Bros. animated television series, films, toys, and video games.
He also voiced Yogi Bear on The New Yogi Bear Show (after the death of Daws Butler, who was his acting mentor, as well as one of his influences in 1988) and many other characters in Hanna-Barbera-related shows and Mr. Magoo in the animated segments of the live action feature film of the same name in 1997 (after Jim Backus died in 1989).
His other voice work includes shows such as CatDog, Batman: The Animated Series, All-New Dennis the Menace, Mother Goose and Grimm, The Angry Beavers, Johnny Bravo, Samurai Jack, The Smurfs, Super Friends, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat and Garfield and Friends, the feature film Jurassic Park and the three Star Wars video games The Phantom Menace, Jedi Power Battles, and The Gungan Frontier. In 1995, at the height of popularity of R. L. Stine's "Goosebumps" book and TV series, though not known at the time, and his only performance in it, he was also the voice behind one version of the commercial that promoted the "Goosebumps Fan Club" in some of the old VHS tapes of the TV show of the same name, while Tony Jay recorded a second version of the same promo. Burson also lent his voice to several promos for Fox Kids.
In May 2004, Burson's career ended when he was arrested by detectives after barricading himself inside his home in Tujunga for six hours before surrendering. Initial reports have claimed that an armed S.W.A.T. team had responded to a call from two of his female roommates that he was inebriated, armed and holding a third female roommate hostage. Burson also screamed a stream of nonsensical words at the police when they were alerted to his home. Officers had later discovered that Burson had a collection of guns in his home. One officer said, "He was so drunk, we couldn't tell if he was trying to do one of his voices or was just slurring his words." Officer Rudy Villarreal confirmed that all three women involved in the incident lived with Burson, but none of them were harmed.
Burson died on July 22, 2008, at the age of 59 from complications due to diabetes and arteriosclerosis. He had been struggling with alcoholism in the later part of his life from being depressed over losing voice-over work.
He was survived by his two sons and his brother.
- Asterix and the Big Fight - Bombastix, Sergeant Noodles, Franksinatrix (American dub)
- Carrotblanca - Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Airport PA Announcer
- I Yabba-Dabba Do! - Additional Voices
- Jurassic Park - Mr. DNA (voice)
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland - Flap, Nemo's Father
- Mr. Magoo - Mr. Quincy Magoo (animated form)
- Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights - Yogi Bear, Royal Chef
- Space Jam - Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn (some scenes, uncredited)
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie - Man
- Yogi the Easter Bear - Yogi Bear
- The Angry Beavers - Judge Otter, Otter #1
- CatDog - Barry the Baboon
- Channel Umptee-3 - Professor I. Revelent
- Mother Goose and Grimm - Attila
- The Real Ghostbusters - Dib Devlin
- The New Yogi Bear Show - Yogi Bear
- A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera - Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snuffles
- The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat - Additional Voices
- All-New Dennis the Menace - Mr. Wilson
- Johnny Bravo - The Ghostly Gardener
- Samurai Jack - Quick Draw McGraw, Baba Looey
- Tom & Jerry Kids - Additional Voices
- Droopy, Master Detective - Additional Voices
- Wake, Rattle, and Roll - Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss
- Yo Yogi! - Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Officer Smith, Mr. Jinks, Loopy De Loop, Lippy the Lion, Peter Potamus, Uncle Undercover
- The New Adventures of Jonny Quest - Additional Voices
- Fantastic Max - Additional Voices
- The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest - Corbin, Sanderson
- Garfield and Friends - Additional Voices
- The Baby Huey Show - Fox (1995–1996)
- Batman: The Animated Series - Mad Dog
- Animaniacs - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Elmer Fudd, Pepé Le Pew, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn
- The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries - Elmer Fudd, Pepé Le Pew
- Taz-Mania - Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn
- 2 Stupid Dogs - Additional Voices
- The Smurfs - Additional Voices
- The D.A.R.E. Report - Tommy's Grandfather, Puppy, Iggy, Joint, Additional Voices
|1990||Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Speedy Gonzales, Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn||Pinball machine|
|1992||Taz-Mania||Tasmanian Devil||Sega Genesis version|
|1992||Road Runner's Death Valley Rally||Opera Singer|
|1993||Taz-Mania||Tasmanian Devil||Super NES version|
|1993||Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions||Duck Dodgers||Super NES version|
|1994||Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rampage||All the characters|
|1994||Acme Animation Factory||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian|
|1995||Looney Tunes B-Ball||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, Director|
|1995||Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos||Speedy Gonzales|
|1995||Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday||Porky Pig|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier||Boss Rugor Nass, Gungan Librarian|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Boss Rugor Nass, Guard Door, Injured Soldier #1, Jabba's Porter, Shop Owner|
|2000||Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles||Boss Rugor Nass, Peck|
|2000||Wacky Races||Red Max, Sergeant Blast, Peter Perfect, Rufus Ruffcut|
|2000||Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey Adventure Book||Boss Nass, Tower Announcer|
|2001||Sheep, Dog, 'n' Wolf||Elmer Fudd, Phantoms|
|2015||Lego Jurassic World||Mr. DNA||Archive audio|
- The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera - Yogi Bear
- Looney Tunes River Ride - Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Marc Antony
- Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure! - Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd
- The Toonite Show Starring Bugs Bunny - Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil, Pepé Le Pew
- The Bugs Bunny Wacky World Games - Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian
- Warner Bros. Kids Club - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil
- Looney Tunes: What's Up, Rock? - Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn
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- Mitchell, Nigel (24 August 2017). "Jurassic Park: Where Are They Now". CBR.com. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
- "Road Runner's Death Valley Rally". YouTube. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
- "The Voice Artist's Spotlight on Twitter: "Greg Burson was the go-to guy for all voices in all of the Looney Tunes games developed by Sunsoft. Also voiced Daffy, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and more."". Twitter. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
- "Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
- "Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage".
- "Acme Animation Factory".
- "Looney Tunes B-Ball".
- "Looney Tunes River Ride".
- "Yosemite Sam's Gold River Adventure".
- "The Toonite Show Starring Bugs Bunny".
- "Bugs Bunny Wacky World Games".
- "Warner Bros. Kids Club".
- "Looney Tunes: What's Up Rock?".