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Jeffrey Allen Bergman
July 10, 1960
|Alma mater||University of Pittsburgh|
|Occupation||Voice actor, comedian, impressionist|
Jeffrey Allen Bergman (born July 10, 1960) is an American voice actor, comedian and impressionist. He has provided the modern-day voices of various classic cartoon characters, most notably with Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters. Bergman was the first to replace Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and several other Warner Bros. cartoon characters following Blanc's death in 1989. Bergman alternated with Joe Alaskey and Greg Burson in voicing several of Blanc's characters for various Warner Bros. productions.
Bergman was born in Philadelphia on July 10, 1960. Throughout his early childhood, he impersonated several celebrities and cartoon characters, his first impression being comic influence Ed Sullivan at the age of 6. At the age of 15, Bergman began doing impressions of various Looney Tunes characters. He 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. 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. During his time at Pitt, he encountered voice actor and comedian Mel Blanc, who was best known for voicing groundbreaking animated characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Barney Rubble. They met in Blanc's hotel room in 1981, where Bergman voiced Blanc's characters for him, earning himself a 45-minute session. Bergman credits Blanc with helping him gain his diploma two years later.
Jeff Bergman voiced the Pillsbury Doughboy following Paul Frees' death from 1986 to 2013. Bergman's work with Warner Bros. began in 1986, recording voices for The Bugs Bunny Show. After being rebuffed several times by Warner Bros. directors, he recorded a tape of himself as several of 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, and Bergman, at the age of 29, became the first performer to provide the voice of Bugs Bunny after Mel Blanc died on July 10, 1989 – Bergman's 29th birthday.
His first performance as Bugs Bunny, as well as those of Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, was in the 1990 animated short Box-Office Bunny, Bugs's 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 and The Plucky Duck Show. He also lent his voice to Bugs, Daffy and Porky in the animated sequences of Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
Away from the Looney Tunes, Bergman also voiced George Jetson in the theme park attraction The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. Bergman later conceded that he had begun promoting himself as the new official voice of the Looney Tunes characters. Warner Bros. took exception to this and, to avoid repeating the stranglehold of Mel Blanc's exclusivity, began using other voice actors such as Joe Alaskey (who was the first person to replace Blanc as the voice of Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988), Greg Burson and Billy West.
Throughout the 2000s, Bergman kept himself busy by voicing various Hanna-Barbera characters, namely Fred Flintstone, in newer specials such as The Flintstones: On the Rocks, only rarely returning to the voices of the Looney Tunes in times when Alaskey and West were not available. In 2003, he voiced Bugs in a sketch on the NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live. Eventually, after almost 20 years, and after sporadically appearing as the Looney Tunes characters for nearly two decades, 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. He also returned for the 2015 series New Looney Tunes, voicing Bugs, Foghorn, Sylvester and Elmer Fudd, as well as other minor characters such as Michigan J. Frog.
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 – he had been working at his local radio in Pennsylvania when he received the call to travel to California and complete the dialogue. Bergman is a recurring cast member on Family Guy, usually voicing Fred Flintstone and Sylvester the Cat, as well as The Cleveland Show and American Dad!. 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. He also voiced Zap in Skylanders: Giants, Skylanders: Swap Force, Skylanders: Trap Team, Skylanders: SuperChargers, and Skylanders: Imaginators.
|1990||Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue||Bugs Bunny
|The Earth Day Special||Bugs Bunny
|1990–91||Tiny Toon Adventures||Bugs Bunny
|1991||Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes||Bugs Bunny||TV short|
|Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster||Bugs Bunny|
|1992||Bugs Bunny's Creature Features||Bugs Bunny
|The Plucky Duck Show||Foghorn Leghorn
|1995–2000||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||Additional Voices|
|1996–99||Disney's Doug||Coach Spitz|
|2001||The Flintstones: On the Rocks||Fred Flintstone
|The Jetsons: Father & Son Day||George Jetson|
Mr. Cosmo Spacely
|2002||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||George Jetson
|Ep. "Shaggy Busted"|
|The Jetsons: The Best Son||George Jetson
|2003||Saturday Night Live||Bugs Bunny||Ep. "Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite"|
|Cartoon Network's Funniest Bloopers and Other Embarrassing Moments||Porky Pig
|2004||Johnny Bravo||Fred Flintstone|
|2006–present||Family Guy||Fred Flintstone
Sylvester the Cat
|2008, 2009||Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy||Host
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Alda-nator
|2011–14||The Looney Tunes Show||Bugs Bunny
Pepé Le Pew
|2012||Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary||Bugs Bunny
James P. Sullivan
|2014||Rick and Morty||Additional Voices||Ep. "Rixty Minutes"|
|Phineas and Ferb||Ep. "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum"|
|Mike Tyson Mysteries||Elton John
|2015–19||New Looney Tunes||Bugs Bunny
Michigan J. Frog
|2018–present||Our Cartoon President||Donald Trump|
|2019||Amphibia||Jonah||Ep. “Cracking Mrs. Croaker”|
|2019–present||Looney Tunes Cartoons||Elmer Fudd
|2011||Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure||Zap|
|2012||The Expendables 2||Barney Ross|||
|Skylanders: Swap Force||Zap|
|2014||Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe||Bugs Bunny
|Skylanders: Trap Team||Zap|
|2018||Lego The Incredibles||Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible|
- "Jeff Bergman," Behind the Voice Actors
- Owen, Rob (2011-05-01). "Pitt grad voices Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck on Cartoon Network". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
- That's Still Not All Folks! 2009, by Joe Alaskey, page 96
- The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Closing Credits
- "Buddha Bugs/Now and Zen". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 1. September 21, 2015. Cartoon Network.
- Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.