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Cause of death
Lung cancer

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Pinto Colvig


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Full Name
Vance DeBar Colvig

September 11, 1892 (

Actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, circus performer, animator

Vance DeBar Colvig, Jr.(1918-1991)William Mason Colvig(1920–1992)Byington Ford Colvig(1921–1996)Bourke L. Colvig (1922–1985)Courtney X. Colvig (1931–1990)

October 3, 1967, Woodland Hills, California, United States

Peggy Bernice Allaire (m. 1952–1967), Margaret Bourke Slavin (m. 1916–1950)

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Many Voices of PINTO COLVIG (Goofy / Pluto / Popeye's Bluto AND MORE!)

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 Fun and Fancy Free.


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Personal life

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Colvig was born Vance DeBar Colvig in Jacksonville, Oregon, one of seven children of Judge William Mason Colvig (1845–1936) and his 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.

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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).

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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.


Colvig died of lung cancer on October 3, 1967, in Woodland Hills, California, at age 75. He was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.


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