Voice Actors of The Flintstones


We’ve all watched The Flintstones and become enamored by the comic antics of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. These wonderful characters were brought to life by some of the best in the business and, although they are no longer with us, we’d like to pay tribute to their talent as we take a fond look back at the voice actors of The Flintstones.

First up is Alan Reed, the voice of Fred until his passing in 1977. He last performed the character for an episode of Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics that same year. After his death, Henry Corden would take over the role for the next 28 years. Here is a wonderful clip from The Beverly Hillbillies that featured Alan Reed. You shouldn’t have any problem recognizing the gruff and gravelly voice:

Fred’s wife Wilma and their daughter Pebbles were portrayed by the lovely Jean Vander Pyle. Besides Wilma, she was also the voice of Rosie the Robot from another Hanna-Barbera series, The Jetsons. She also worked on Inch High Private Eye, Hong Kong Phooey, and The Huckleberry Hound Show, to name but a few. She continued to voice Wilma up until the mid-90s. Here’s a clip of Jean doing Wilma alongside Fred #2, Henry Corden:

Bea Benaderet, the original voice of Betty Rubble, was not only a voice actress, but also a familiar face on television, appearing on Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies in the 60s. And although she wasn’t chosen to play the role of Granny in the latter series, she did happen to voice the Granny character in Warner Brothers popular Tweety and Sylvester cartoons from 1943-1955. Sadly, Ms. Benederet passed away in 1968. Here is a clip of her from The Burns and Allen Show.

Last, but certainly not least, Barney Rubble was performed by none other than the “man of a thousand voices” Mel Blanc. One of the most prolific voice artists of all time, his resume includes Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester and Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and many, many others. He originally worked with Bea Benederet and Allen Reed on radio’s The Jack Benny Show. Here’s a classic clip of David Letterman interviewing the great Mel Blanc.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at the wonderful voice actors from The Flintstones. It really was a remarkably talented team that brought this classic cartoon to life. As always, we welcome your memories and thoughts in our comments section below , as we pay tribute to this group of gifted performers, here at Retroland.

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  1. Allie Fox says:

    As I mentioned previously, Fred Flintstone may deserve a place on the televison Mount Rushmore.

    Henry Cordon may have voiced Fred longer but Fred will always be Alan Reed. What life he brought to that character.

    . . .and Mel Blanc. A lot of voice artists today are a dime a dozen. Some are more special than others but none of them are showing up on The Tonight Show. Even Frank Welker, the number one box office “star” owes a great deal to Mel.

  2. Jennifer harris says:

    they were all good!

  3. Kelli says:

    Always wanted to see a pic of the four of them together. Thanks!

  4. Darr247 says:

    What a treasure Mel Blanc was.
    He did sooooo many memorable characters.
    Guys like Rich Little and Frank Caliendo can do impersonations, but Blanc just created new voices/personalities out of thin air for decades.

    I never realized Benaderet was the original Betty… I hear it now.

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