Mar. 12th, 1946
Denver, Colorado, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Franklin Wendell "Frank" Welker (born March 12, 1946) is a veteran American actor, who specializes in voice acting. He is responsible for a broad spectrum of character voices and other vocal effects that have appeared over the last 40 years in American television and motion pictures.
Welker is listed as number one on the "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office" list by the film website The Numbers, not as a box office draw, but in terms of the total revenue generated by the films he has participated in.
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. He later co-starred with Don Knotts in Universal's How to Frame a Figg. Welker also appeared in three Disney films, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes , Now You See Him, Now You Don't, and he also voiced Abu in the animated film Aladdin.
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
During the 1990s, Welker voiced more roles than he acted. 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. He's also the voice of the monkey Abu in Aladdin, its two sequels and the TV series adaptation.
Welker's first voice role came in 1969, as Fred Jones in Scooby Doo, Where Are You!. 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! and most recently, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. 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 voice of Garfield, succeeding the original voice Lorenzo Music, who died in 2001. 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. His voice can also be heard on multiple other animated television series, live-action films and video games.
In the 1980s, Welker voiced many recurring characters in the Transformers animated series. He voiced several Decepticons, including Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Mixmaster, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, and Ratbat. He also did voicework as the Autobots Mirage, Trailbreaker, and Sludge. With the release of the Transformers 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. In Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, he reprises the roles of Soundwave and Ravage, and also provides voices for Grindor, Devastator, and Reedman.
- His broad spectrum of character voices, noises, and other vocal effects that have appeared over the last 40 years in motion pictures, have vaulted him to number one on the "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box office" list. The revenue of films he has participated in have generated close to five billion dollars. His work in over 90 films has put him ahead of Eddie Murphy, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.
- He also did the animal voice effects including Dumbo in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv).
- In _"Tiny Toon Adventures" (1990)_ (qv), he voiced Furrball, Gogo Dodo, Calamity Coyote, Little Beeper, Byron Basset, Uncle Stinky Pig, Henry Bear, and Ralph the Guard who later appeared in _"Animaniacs" (1993)_ (qv), where Frank not only voiced Ralph, but also voiced Thaddeus Plotz, Buttons, Runt, Flavio Hippo, and Chicken Boo.
- Provided the voice for 8 of the original 14 Decepticons in the _"Transformers" (1984)_ (qv) cartoon: Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Lazerbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, and Buzzsaw. He voiced two of the original Autobots as well: Trailbreaker and Mirage, as well as one of the Dinobots (Sludge) that also appeared in the first season.
- Has shared two roles with 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv). When the third season of _"Transformers" (1984)_ (qv) came around, Frank took the role of Galvatron that 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv) had taken in _The Transformers: The Movie (1986)_ (qv). And in _Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)_ (qv), Frank provided the screams of 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv)'s most famous character, Spock.
- Although he never met with the producers or the director Mike Bay, Bay felt his Welker's G1 Megatron voice did not fit the film and Bay's new interpretation. Ironically, he recreated the G1 voice for the "Transformer Game" based on the movie, and was once again reunited with his old nemesis Optimus Prime played by Peter Cullen.
- One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, he has been involved with some of the most popular and important animated programs of all time as well, beginning with his role as level headed leader Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo, the evil Decepticon leader Megatron in Transformers (among others), Dr. Ray Stantz in The Real Ghostbusters, and a variety of supporting roles in GI Joe, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, and The Smurfs.
- Referred to in Hollywood as a voice god.
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