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Frank Welker

Frank Welker, 2007
Born Franklin W. Welker
March 12, 1946 (1946-03-12) (age 64)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1968–present
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Franklin W. "Frank" Welker (born March 12, 1946) is a American actor, who specializes in voice acting. He is responsible for a broad spectrum of character voices and other vocal effects.

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Acting career

Welker's first on camera film role was as a bar fight participant in Stan Dragoti’s Dirty Little Billy. However, his first film role was in The Trouble with Girls, portraying a college kid from Rutgers University who befriends Elvis Presley some time in the motion picture. He later co-starred with Don Knotts in Universal’s How to Frame a Figg. Welker also appeared in two Disney films, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Now You See Him, Now You Don't.

His on camera television appearances included Love American Style, The Partridge Family and The Don Knotts Show. He played a prosecutor in highly acclaimed ABC special The Trial of General Yamashita and as Captain Pace beside Richard Dreyfuss' Yossarian in Paramount television’s pilot, Catch-22. He appeared on Laugh In, The Dean Martin Roast, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, The Smothers Brothers Show, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour and Laugh Trax. In the latter show, he was a cast member alongside Jim Staahl and Howie Mandel. Frank also played an on camera role of a voice actor on an episode of Simon and Simon. He returned to an on-camera role in the film The Informant, playing Matt Damon's character's father.

Voice acting career

Welker starred in more live action movies during the 1990s. His work includes vocal effects for the character of Sil in Species, Goro in 1995's Mortal Kombat, the Devil in 1986's The Golden Child, and Malebolgia in 1997's Spawn. Welker also provided the voice (both speaking and non-speaking) of Nibbler in the cartoon TV series Futurama.

As of 2002, Welker is the voice of both Fred Jones and Scooby Doo. This includes the most recent What's New, Scooby-Doo?, and the series-based spinoff, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!. Welker is so closely connected with Fred that anytime Fred appears (with the exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), it is Welker providing the voice. Also, Welker starred in most of the 2000s Scooby-Doo projects as Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo. He also was Sasquatch in The Legend of Sasquatch. Welker's talent was also recognized in Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626, voicing the jealous and maniacal Experiment 6-2-1.

For the cartoon SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Welker provided the voice of the villainous Dr. Viper. Welker is also (as of 2005-present) the new Garfield voice. He has voiced him in Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, and Garfield's Pet Force. He also portrays Garfield in the new cartoon series The Garfield Show.

Transformers

In the 1980s, Welker voiced many recurring characters in the Transformers animated series. He voiced nine Decepticons: Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, and Ratbat. He also did voicework as the Autobots Mirage and Trailbreaker. With the release of the animated film in 1986, he took on the role of the Autobot Wheelie and afterwards, took over the role of Galvatron from Leonard Nimoy. Having already provided the screams for Nimoy's character Mr. Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, this marked the second time he had inherited a role from Nimoy.

Welker also returned to two of his most famous Transformers roles when he portrayed Megatron and Soundwave as part of a spoof in the third season episode of Robot Chicken, aired shortly after the release of the live action film.

Filmography

Television animation

Live-action roles

Theater animation

Video games

  • Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge - Abu
  • Baldur's Gate - Xzar and other minor characters
  • Banjo-Kazooie - Kazooie (voice only)
  • CarnEvil - Umlaut the jester skull
  • Clay Fighter 63 1/3 - Blob, Ickybob Clay, Lockjaw Pooch and the Zappa Yow Yow Boyz
  • Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 - Experiment 621
  • Godzilla: Unleashed - Vocal sound effects for monsters
  • Jumpstart Spelling - Perry
  • Kingdom Hearts - Abu, Lucifer, and Experiment 221 (Sparky)
  • Monster Hunter - Monsters
  • Monster Hunter Freedom 2 - Vocal effects for monsters
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong - Vocal sound effects for King Kong and the dinosaurs
  • Rampage: Total Destruction - Vocal sound effects for people and monsters
  • Toonstruck - Bowling Bear and other characters
  • Transformers: The Game/Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (video game) - Megatron

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