William "Billy" “Billy” Bletcher (William Bletcher)

William “Billy” Bletcher

Silent Film and Voice Actor. Born in Pennsylvania to Harry and Dora Bletcher. Known as Billy, he is best remembered as the voice behind many cartoon characters for Disney and Warner Bros. Billy provided the voices of various characters for Walt Disney Pictures Black Pete, Short Ghost and the Big Bad Wolf in Three Little Pigs and its spin-offs. In MGM films, he voiced Spike the Bulldog and on some occasions even Tom, in Tom and Jerry, and in Warner Bros. many characters, most notably the Papa Bear of Chuck Jones The Three Bears after Mel Blanc had performed the role in the initial entry. He portrayed another villainous wolf in Little Red Riding Rabbit.  His booming voice was in many of films, while Charles Becker played the Munchkin Mayor in Wizard of Oz in 1939, it was with Billy’s voice. He also worked in front of the camera and his roles included the Police Chief in the Laurel and Hardy Babes In Toyland in 1934. He was married to actress Arline Roberts, together they had a daughter named Barbara. In 1950, he played several characters on The Lone Ranger radio program as well as appearing in episode 27 of the TV series. In 1971, Billy played one of his final roles, Pappy Yokum in a television adaptation of Lil Abner. His Hollywood career spanned nearly 60 years.  He died at the age of 84. (bio by: Shock)

Born

  • September, 24, 1894
  • USA

Died

  • January, 01, 1979
  • USA

Cemetery

  • Westwood Memorial Park
  • California
  • USA

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