Pinto Colvig: biography, career, personal life


biography and personal life


 Vance Debar Colvig Sr. was born on September 11, 1892 in Jacksonville, Oregon. He was one of 7 children of Judge William Mason Colvig and his wife Adelaide Bersday Colvig.

Vance Debar received his education at Oregon State University from 1910 to 1913.

He married Colvig to Margaret Bourke Slavin in 1916. The newlyweds settled in San Francisco, where they had four sons. After that, they moved to Los Angeles, and there they had a fifth boy.

Kolvig has been an avid smoker all his life, but he has initiated warnings about cancer risk on cigarette packs in the United States.

Colvig was the creator of a character named Vance Colvig and actor of his voice acting, later he also portrayed the clown Bozo live.

Colvig died on 3 October 1967 of lung cancer at the age of 75. It happened in Woodland Hills, California. The actor is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.


In 1916, Pinto Colvig began working with Byington Ford and Benjamin Thaxton “Dachshund” Knight in Animated Film Corporations in San Francisco. This company began producing animated films a few years before Walt Disney.

In 1922, for the “San Francisco Chronicle”, Colvig drew the caricature “Life on a Radio Wave”.

In the late 1920s, Colvig began collaborating with Walter Lantz, with whom he tried to set up a cartoon studio, but they did not work out. Eventually Lantz left to join Universal as producer of the cartoon “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”, and Colvig went to see him as an animator, voice actor and narrator.

In 1931, Colvig took a job at Walt Disney Productions as a writer and sound effects creator. In 1932, he began to voice Goofy, who at first had a very different name — Dippy Dowg. In the short cartoon “Three Pigs”, Colvig voiced a “practical pig”, that is, a piglet who built the house out of bricks. Voiced Sonia and Grampi in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Screamed out the wails of Ichabod Crain in the cartoon “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” in 1949.

Together with Erdman Penner and Walt Pfeiffer, Colvig oversaw the creation of the 1937 cartoon short “The Mickey Mouse Amateur”. That same year, Colvig had a breakup with Disney, and he retired from the studio. But in 1940 returned back and for the rest of his career continued to work closely with Walt Disney.

Between 1937 and 1940, Colvig worked at Fleischer Studios, directing the competing feature-length animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, but following the success of the Disney cartoon, the competitor already had no hype in the audience. In 1939, Colvig for Fleischer filmed “Gulliver’s Travels”, voiced the urban gladder Gabby, as well as Bluto in the cartoon “Popeye the Sailor”. For the entire period, until Colvig worked for Disney, the popular Goofy remained speechless.

After Colvig moved to California, he began taking acting lessons at Warner Brothers animation studio . At the studio, Metro-Goldwin-Mayer voiced Munchkin in the 1939 animated film “The Wizard of Oz”. Simultaneously began working in radio presenting voices and sound effects, including the sounds of Maxwell Jack Benny on the program “Jack Benny”. In 1940, he returned to the Disney studio to continue voicing Goofy and Pluto.

In 1946, Colvig became Bozo’s clown for Capitol Records. He played the role for a full decade, including portraying his character on television. During this same period, Colvig recorded his song “Flibert The Frog”, which featured a virtuoso performance of the glottal stop as a musical instrument.

Colvig’s last performance was the portrayal of Goofy’s character for the telephone pavilion at Expo 67. Colvig’s dialogue for this fortification was recorded only six months before his death.

The 1925 filmography

is the cartoons “Hey, During Fever”, “After Reputation”, “Buster Was Good”, “Oy, Buster”, “Buster’s Nightmare”.

1928 – The Rooster Family cartoon, the role of the Orange Farmer.

1930 — Cartoons “The Priraki” (voicing Hippopotam), “The Podabarcher” (voice of Oswald Lucky Rabbit), “The Chain Gang” (voice of the Hounds), “Snappy Salesman” (voice of Oswald Rabbit), “Cowardice”, “Navy”, “Africa”, “Alaska” (in all, the voice of Oswald Lucky Rabbit).

1931 — cartoons “What a Doctor” (voice of Oswald Lucky Rabbit), “Elk Hunt”, “Mickey Is Coming Out”, “Mickey the Orphan” (in all, Pluto’s voice).

1932 — cartoons “Duck Hunt”, “The Cattle Yard Olympics”, “The Rabid Dog”, “Mickey Revue”, “Just Dogs”, “Mickey’s Nightmare”, “Mickey Trader” (in all the voice of Pluto), “Whoopi Party” and” Micky’s Landing” (in both, the voice of the no-nonsense).

1934 — “The Inlet of Servants” cartoon, the voice of mustard pot.

1935 – Carnival Cookie cartoon, the voice of the gingerbread man.

1937 is the cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (voice of Sleepy and Swarlivy).

1939 — cartoons “The Wizard from Oz” (the voice of Munchkin) and “Gulliver’s Travels” (the voice of Slobowty).

1941 — “Mr. Boog Goes to Town” cartoon (voice of Mr. Creeper).

1943 — “Hop and Gow” cartoon (voice of Claude Hopper).

1945 — The Three Caballero cartoon (voice of Araucan).

1947 — cartoons “Diverse Girl” (voice imitation) and “Fun and Fantasy Free” (voice of Bestolkovaya).

1948 – cartoons “Bill and Co” (voice of singer) and “Melodic Time” (voice of Araucan Pitza).

1949 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad cartoon (voice of Ichabod and the townspeople).

1951 — “Alice in Wonderland” cartoon (voice of Flamengo).

1959 – The Sleeping Beauty cartoon (voice of Maleficent Gunn).

1965 – “Donald Duck Goes West” cartoon (voice of Bestolkovsky).

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