Probably you have not heard of him, but if you have watched cartoons or animations in the last 5 decades, the chances are you have heard Frank Welker many times than you will believe without knowing.
From Fred Jones in the Scooby-Doo franchise to H.E.R.B.I.E. in The New Fantastic Four, Socrates in Adventures from the Book of Virtues, and most recently Megatron in Transformers: The Last Knight, all these animated characters have their own unique voice that one can use to recognize them even from sleep. Each of them, however, got its voice from Frank Welker who has shared his many voices to thousands of characters through the years and is considered to be one of the greatest voice actors there has ever been.
Who Is Frank Welker The Famous Voice Actor?
Regarded in some quarters as the king of voices, Frank Welker is an American voice actor who has lent his voice to hundreds of characters. He was born Franklin Wendell Welker on March 12, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, U.S.
He was educated at Santa Monica College in California, majoring in theatrical arts. Since he was a little child, he could pick any voice or sound and distort them just to have people laugh.
Taking advantage of this, he began his voice acting career with a detergent commercial followed by a dog food commercial for Friskies. Seeing how good he was, the girlfriend of the producer of the dog food commercial told him about the audition for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! which he decided to attend. At first, he auditioned for the role of the title character but was given Fred Jones while Don Messick got the role of Scooby-Doo in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
In the years that followed, he lent his voice to various performances in animations such as for various characters in Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977 to 1980), various voices in The Smurfs (1981 to 1989), Brian in Inspector Gadget (1983 to 1985), various voices for The Transformers (1984 to 1987), and Curious George in Curious George (2006 to 2015).
In feature films, he did voice acting for various characters in The Transformers: The Movie (1986) and The Chipmunk Adventure (1987). He also did for Tokka and Rahzar in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Galvatron in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
Quick Facts About Him
1. Camera Appearances
Inasmuch as his name will not pop up when it comes to on-screen roles, he has still had a few under his belt. The first role he had in that regards was as Rutgers College kid in The Trouble with Girls (1969). The film starred others like Elvis Presley and Marlyn Mason.
Other films he appeared in are The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972), How to Frame a Figg (1971), and Dirty Little Billy (1972). On TV, he was on various comedy shows including Laugh-In and Love, American Style.
2. Married Life and Children
One of the things about Welker is how much he has succeeded in keeping his private life completely private from the media. The rumor is that he is married and may even have children, but there is still nothing available in the public domain in relation to that.
3. Box Office Earnings
One of the greatest in the art, he was listed among the most successful actors in Hollywood in 2011 after he topped the 100 credited actors at the box office since 1980. He earned $6bn (£3.7bn) to be ahead of people like Samuel L. Jackson with $5.2bn (£3.2bn) and Tom Hanks with $4.4bn (£2.7bn).
4. Net Worth
With over a thousand voice roles on his resume covering commercials, films, cartoons, and everything in between, Frank Welker believes that he has largely abused his voice. However, he has a net worth of $15 million to show for all his efforts.
Welker has been recognized with many awards and even more nominations for all his efforts. He was awarded a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award and various Behind the Voice Actors Awards for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game for Lego Dimensions (2015) and Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series for Transformers Prime (2010).
6. Height and Body Weight
As regards his body build, Frank Welker who is now on the other side of 70 has a height of 5 feet 8 inches and a body weight of 84 kg.