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->''"Heroes? Frank Welker, Frank Welker and Frank Welker. He is hands down my most giant hero in the animation VO community. He is an amazingly gifted genius. He can create every sound that you might hear in a jungle: the drip of the raindrops, the wind rustling in the trees, and all of the inhabitants that you might encounter there. I love animals. I mean I love animals and Frank's great ability is that not only can he make the sounds of the animals; he can give them a true voice. I've done episodes of cartoons that had an environmental bent focusing on things like ivory poaching, global warming. He portrayed a mother elephant being torn from her baby by ivory poachers for her tusks. The mother's cry and the baby's anguish were all there in Frank's voice. ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'' did a show centering on puppy mills and what he did in that show... there wasn't a dry eye in the house. I've heard him do dozens of sensitive performances through the years and he always, always delivers something so special and unique and moving."''
-->-- '''Creator/KathSoucie'''

Franklin Wendell Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. 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 ranks third (only behind Creator/SamuelLJackson and Creator/HarrisonFord) in the "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office," not as a box office draw, but in terms of the total revenue generated by the films in which he has participated, for the sheer number of voices he has done -- over 1,200 -- ranging from his work on ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' to the present day. (In fact, besides TheMovie and the 1988-91 series ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' where Carl Stevens did the voice, he has been the only voice of Freddy since the beginning.) Go look him up on [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0919798 IMDB]]. Depending on your monitor resolution and DPI settings, his resume is anywhere from 50-60 pages long. It'd be easier to list the works where he ''hasn't'' performed...

As it should be, Welker's reputation is astounding and alongside Creator/MelBlanc, he is likely the most famous voice actor in the world. He is revered as a god by many in the industry. Welker's ability goes beyond creating human voices and he is often cast as animals and used for animal vocals, where he has an uncanny talent at imitation. If the movie or show has any sort of budget and it has a regular animal character, he probably does the voices for it.

Welker hasn't been entirely on animated shows, either. Animal sounds or otherwise "beastly" characters in live-action work also keep him in high demand. As an interesting side note, he provided the voice of a screaming Spock in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', while Leonard Nimoy took on the role of Galvatron (an altered Megatron) in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. Welker also cameoed in ''Film/TheInformant2009'' as the father of Matt Damon's character.

Largely because of the demand of his animal voice work, Welker more often plays a side character than the Hero. His most famous high-profile work has been ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' as Freddy (and Scooby since Creator/DonMessick's death), ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' as Megatron and Soundwave, and more recently the voice (both speaking and non-speaking) of Nibbler in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.

One interesting little story about Welker is that he was nearly included in some cartoon's credits for voice work, until the guys remembered that no, they'd used an actual horse. He's just that ubiquitous. In terms of voice acting, he's a bit of a MemeticBadass.
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!!!Frank Welker has provided voices for:
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'' - Socrates, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' - Goddard, Poultra, Roxy, various animals and people
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' - Abu, Rajah, Cave of Wonders, additional voices
* ''Series/AmazingStories'' - The Greibble
* ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'' - The Anaconda
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' - Ralph, Thaddeus Plotz, Pharfignewton, Runt, Buttons, Chicken Boo, Flavio, Narrator, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' - Pal (uncredited)
* ''WetsernAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' and ''WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' - Odin
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' - Most monsters, as well as the avatar of Amaunator and the sahuagin king Ixilthetocal
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' - Woof, various animals and mutants
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - Philippe the horse, the Footstool, and the wolves
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' (Hanna-Barbera series) - Actual Factual, Raffish Ralph, Weasel [=McGreed=], Farmer Ben, additional voices
* ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' - The Stations/Station, {{Satan}} and the Evil Easter Bunny
* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'' - Chopper, Glove, Mechanic
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Blackstar}}'' - Gossamear, Burble, Rif
* ''Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' - Fall-a-part Rabbit, additional voices
* ''[[Creator/BrianFroud Brian Froud's Faeries]]'' - [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Puck]], [[CoolOldGuy Fir Darrig]], Trow, and Hunter
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' - the Grubs, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' - Presidental Cats
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' - Game Boy
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' - Suchi, Lead Suit, additional voices
* ''VideoGame/{{CarnEvil}}'' - Umlaut the jester skull, Elmer, Ray, The Myna Bird, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' - Frank the combine (uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' - Farley Wink
* ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'' and ''Battle of the Rock Lords'' - Scooter, Blaster, Zeemon, Rest-Q, Pulver-Eyes, Sticks 'n' Stones
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' - Lucifer in the sequels.
* ''VideoGame/{{Clayfighter}} 63⅓'' - Lockjaw Pooch, Blob, Ickybod Clay, Zappa Yow Yow boys
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' - Professor XXX Large, president, truck driver, giant rainbow monkey, Mr. Uno, additional voices
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' - Vivian (dragon roars, uncredited)
* ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' - Cujo (uncredited)
* ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' - George
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' - Faffy, additional voices
* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' - The Parrot
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' - Monkey, Krunk, Mr. Luvinsky, Quackor, additional voices
* ''WesterAnimation/DinoRiders'' - Krulos, Rasp, Skate, Glyde, various dinosaurs
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' - The Carnotaurus
* ''WesternAnimation/DougsFirstMovie'' - Herman Melville
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' - Bigtime Beagle, Baggy Beagle, Poe [=DeSpell=], Bubba Duck, the Phantom Blot, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' - Tiamat, Uni, various one-off characters (mostly human)
* ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'' - Dynomutt
* ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks'' - Conseula, spider vocals
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' and ''VideoGame/EpicMickey2ThePowerOfTwo'' - WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, Phantom Blot
* ''[[Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne Escaflowne The Movie]]'' - Escaflowne (roars, uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' - Boskov, Private Simmons, Newscaster
* ''Film/{{Explorers}}'' - The father alien
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' - John Maxson
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'' - H.E.R.B.I.E, Impossible Man
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' - Gorilla Grodd (vocals)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' - Barney Rubble, Dino, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'' - Mr. Cool, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Foofur}}'' - Foofur
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' - Foamy the Freakadog, Santa Claus, additional voices
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' - Sven (uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' - Nibbler (in, [[LargeHam surprisingly]], his natural voice), Seymour, Fleb, various animals and aliens
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'' - Byakuei (roars, uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' - Bo, Booker, Sheldon, Mort, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' - Garfield (replacing the late Lorenzo Music), Eddie Gourmand, additional voices.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' - Bronx, Cagney, additional voices
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'' - Wild Bill, Torch, Polly, additional voices
* ''Film/Godzilla1998'' - Zilla, Baby Zillas
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' - Demon vocal effects
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' - Waffles the cat, Chainsaw the dog, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' - Bigfoot
* ''Film/GraveyardShift'' - Giant Bat
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' - Toby, Felicia (uncredited)
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' - All the gremlins, except Brain, who was Tony Randall
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' - Pegasus
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' - Father Time, Fetch, Pule Howser, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, additional voices
* ''Film/HouseIITheSecondStory'' - Slim Reeser
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' - Gus Goose, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Figaro]], others
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' - Max the Dog
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'' - Bunny the dog
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - Djali and Achilles
* ''Film/TheIndianInTheCupboard'' - The Rat
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' - alien vocal effects
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' - Dr. Claw, Brain, Mad Cat, additional voices
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' - creature voice effects
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' - Jabberjaw
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' - Orbitty, Astro (in ''The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-[=WrestleMania=]'')
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' - Bandit, Jeremiah Surd, additional voices
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' - animal vocal effects
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' - Monkey Ninjas (various episodes)
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' - Jorak Uln, Sunry
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKwickyKoalaShow'' - WesternAnimation/DirtyDawg
* ''Film/MrPoppersPenguins'' - Penguin vocals
* ''Creator/JimHenson's WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' - Kermit, Skeeter (replaced Howie Mandel), Beaker
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' - Sharptooth (uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane'' - Joe Presto
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' - Sparky, Mr. Stenchy, Kixx, Tank, other Experiments
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' - animal vocal effects
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' - Max the sheepdog, animal vocal effects
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} 3: Europe's Most Wanted'' - Sonya the bear
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' - Martian vocals
* ''[=McDonaldland=]'' - Grimace (the purple thing), [=CosMc=]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' - Chameleon
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' - Warmonger, Lava Lord, additional voices
* ''Film/MirrorMirror'' - Mannequins, the Beast
* ''Film/MortalKombat'' - Reptile (Voice), Goro (Vocal Effects), Shao Kahn (Voice; first movie only)
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' - Kahn, Crikee
** ''Mulan II'' - Little Brother (replaced Chris Sanders)
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - Totoro, Catbus
* ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' - Chomp Chomp, Morris
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' - Horror
* ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' - Igor
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' - Niddler (retroactively dubbed in to replace Roddy [=McDowall=] on the earlier episodes), the Darkdweller, Morpho, Kiroptus and one of the Lugg Brothers (the bald, mustached one)
* ''Film/{{Prehysteria}}'' - dinosaur vocals
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' - Flit
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' (animated) - Glomer
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' - The Claw, Knuckles, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' - Ayden
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' - The Monkey, animal vocals
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' - Mad Dog, Razor
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' - Ray Stantz, Slimer, The Boogeyman, Stay Puft, additional voices
* ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'' - Marahute and Joanna
* ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' (Hanna-Barbera) - Dollar
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' - Usually reprises the role of any character listed here. Also voices ComicStrip/ThePhantom, [[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots Cy-Kill]], [[Series/GameOfThrones Khal Drogo, Robert Baratheon]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Mr. Potato Head]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'' - Bango, Bongo, Donkey Kong Jr., Coily, Fred, Q*Ball, Q*Dad, Q*Mongus, Sam, Slick, Ugg, Wrongway
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' - Darwin
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'' - Meat
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' - Fred, Scooby-Doo (2002-present; then again on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' as a cameo appearance in ''Sabrina Unplugged''), additional voices
* ''Film/TheShadow'' - The Phurba, a "living" Tibetan ritual dagger
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' - Dragon (uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - Santa's Little Helper (now replaced by Creator/DanCastellaneta), Snowball, various other animals
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' - Hefty Smurf, Pewit, Poet Smurf, Clockwork Smurf (in [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon]]), Azrael (in [[Film/TheSmurfs the]] [[WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage movies]]), additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'' - Occy, Tooter
* ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' - Malebolgia
* ''Film/{{Species}}'' - Sil's alien vocals
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' - [[ComicBook/XMen Iceman]], Flash Thompson, {{ComicBook/Daredevil}}
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' - Ned Tucker, Dr. Lawrence and Razorback
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' - Various voices and impersonations for the {{Creator/NBC}} specials
* ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'' - Zurvan the Ancient One
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' - the Cytoplasmic lifeform in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E8NothingHuman Nothing Human]]"
* ''Film/SuburbanCommando'' - General Suitor's alien vocals
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' - Marvin White, Wonder Dog, Darkseid, Kalibak, Mxyzptlk, Toyman, ComicBook/TheJoker, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' - Crime Globe
* ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' - Yoshi, Goombas, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' - Dr. Viper, Volcanus, Mushroom Monster, additional voices.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' - Maximus (uncredited)
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' - Sabor
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'': Tokka & Rahzar
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' - Gogo Dodo, Furrball, Little Beeper, Calamity Coyote, Byron Basset, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' - Newscaster
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' - Tom, Jerry, [=McWolf=], Wild Mouse
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryComedyShow'' - All voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' - Sherman the Gorilla, the President and his aides
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' - He did a ''[[{{Understatement}} lot]]'' of voices on that show, including most of the first year Decepticons. In fact, the only first-year Decepticons he didn't voice were Starscream, Laserbeak, Reflector (Chris Latta for all three), Shockwave (CoreyBurton), and Thundercracker (Creator/JohnStephenson). He also voiced Autobots Mirage, Trailbreaker, Sludge, Wheelie, Chromedome and Protectobot Blades. Most remember Welker as the voice of Megatron and Soundwave. He also took over the role of Galvatron after Creator/LeonardNimoy voiced him in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the movie]].
** ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film series - Soundwave, Devastator, Grindor, Ravage, Reedman (Ravage's nanobots), Shockwave and Barricade (albeit through an animation mistake). He also voiced Megatron in the video games and accompanying theme park ride instead of the movie voice actor, Creator/HugoWeaving. Most recently, he voices Galvatron in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', and finally regained the role of Megatron proper in ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight''.
*** He also voices Megatron for the Transformers ride at various Universal Studios theme parks... and he cut radio ads so that Megatron could threaten you directly from your car.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' - Megatron (with a ''fantastic'' display of VocalEvolution) and several additional voices [[spoiler:including Soundwave]].
** ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'' - Megatron and Soundwave, once again
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' - Grimlock (roars, uncredited), Soundwave
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Frank_Welker Here, have the full list!]]
* ''{{Film/Tremors}}'' - Graboids (uncredited)
* ''Film/{{Troll}}'' - Torok the Troll, creature vocals
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' - Fragwa, Goblins
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollkins}}'' - Bogg Swampley, Flooky
* ''WesternAnimation/TurboTeen'' - Dark Rider, Rusty, Flip
* ''Turbocharged Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' - Brains
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch'' - Wheelie, Chopper
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWizardOfOz'' - Toto
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - Sha of Doubt, Elegon, Sha of Fear, Y'shaarj, Reshad
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'' - Jabberjaw, Buford (also appeared on "The Buford Files") (not related to Buford from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' at all because both characters share the same first name but are voiced by two different people), Nuggetnose (also appeared on "The Galloping Ghost"), Captain Good/Phantom Phink, Kleen Kat/Sludge
* ''WesternAnimation/YoYogi'' - Peter Potamus

And many, '''many''' more. Frank Welker is a ManOfAThousandVoices (probably even more than Creator/MelBlanc, with whom he worked over 20 times).
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