On Yosemite Sam

Cantankerous character created by Friz Freleng for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies that Warner Brothers Animation produces

Creators consider calling him Texas Tiny, Wyoming Willie, or Denver Dan

Appeared in 33 cartoons

Hates rabbits, especially one long-eared wise cracker

Portrayed a gunslinger, prospector, outlaw, pirate, knight, cowboy, duke, mountain climber, Confederate soldier, a hen-pecked husband, a royal cook, and a space alien

Also portrayed Chilkoot Sam, Riff Raff Sam, Sam Schulz, Seagoin’ Sam, Shanghai Sam, Sam Von Schamm, Duke of Yosemite, and others.

Sam’s own cockiness gets the best of him as Bugs knows Sam is incapable of turning down a challenge, such as “step across that line.”

Sam consistently displays an odd respect for religious conventions.

Originally voiced by Mel Blanc

A site for Yosemite Sam sounds clips

Great Quotes
You’ll pay for this!
That’ll learn ya.
No no no – you’re doin’ it all wrong!
Say your prayers.
Great horny toads!
What in Sam Hills is goin’ on?
Pickins is mighty slim round here. Hardly no reward for a days work.
Dead rabbits tell no tales.
You long-eared, fur-bearing, flat-footed varmint.
I paid my four bits to see the high diving act and I’m going to see the high diving act.

37 thoughts on “On Yosemite Sam

  1. A great way to start my Saturday, Frank. Thanks.

    And I love the “cross the Rio Grande, not the Mahatma Ghandi” line. I don’t remember ever hearing it before. But that was the brilliance of Loony Toons — making kids AND adults laugh!


    • Elyse,
      Glad you enjoyed this. He is such a classic character with so many good lines – thus the reason why I used videos as bookends in this post. As a collection, the Looney Tunes family of characters are the best! Thanks for visiting.


    • Kellie,
      Looney Tunes cast of characters is awesome! I always appreciate the intro to the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour when the cast marched across the stage. Classics … simply classics. Thanks for visiting.


  2. about sam – i loved when dynamite would go off, and he’d be charred black, and then just shake the soot off. it would be a great world if we could just pluck arrows out of our butts without any harm done.

    about his famous lines, he would often call bugs something that i could never clearly understand. i can picture one episode in which bugs was doing something wrong – on purpose – so that when sam did it, then something exploded on him. afterward, sam said, “i hate that rabbit.” but before, sam was telling bugs that he had it all wrong, and he’d call bugs a “durned galoot.” i guess “durned” was his version of “damned,” which wasn’t said on tv back then. but what’s a galoot? it sounded like galoot, but i’m not sure. it might have been something else.

    yeah, i could probably look it up, but that’s what we have you for.


    • Rich,
      I always cracked up when he was dressed as a different character (as a knight). Meanwhile, his lines are classic, so I did look it up! 🙂 I wasn’t sure if it was galoot or galoop – but I did a bit of searching – nothing on galoop, but found that galoot is a slang for one who is foolish or strange (Merriam-Webster). Here’s M-W’s example: “He’s a bighearted galoot, even if he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.” Thanks for stopping by with the excellent question.


  3. But what about Sam’s great contribution to our fighting man? He was the first person to invent a six-shooter with infinite ammunition! Now if the Pentagon could just figure out his secret….. 😉


    • Guapo,
      Good question. I love cartoons as a kid and was fortunate to grow up during a time when the cartoon classics were going strong. So for this post, simply which character came to my mind so I can answer, “Gotta do that one.” Thus yes,I have already picked next week’s Saturday morning honoree. Thanks for asking!


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