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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 is listed as the number one "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/TheInformant'' 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
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' - Ralph, Thaddeus Plotz, Pharfignewton, Runt, Buttons, Chicken Boo, Flavio, Narrator, additional voices
* ''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
* ''Film/BillAndTed's Bogus Journey'' - The Stations/Station
* ''Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' - Fall-a-part Rabbit, additional voices
* ''[[Creator/BrianFroud Brian Froud's Faeries]]'' - [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Puck]], [[CoolOldGuy Fir Darrig]], Trow, and Hunter
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' - Frank the combine
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' - Farley Wink
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' - Lucifer in the sequels.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' - Professor XXX Large, president, truck driver, giant rainbow monkey, Mr. Uno, additional voices
* ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' - George
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' - Faffy, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' - Monkey, Krunk, Mr. Luvinsky, Quackor, additional voices
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' - The Carnotaurus
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' - WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit
* ''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
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' - Boskov
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Foofur}}'' - Foofur
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' - Nibbler (in, [[LargeHam surprisingly]], his natural voice), Seymour, Fleb, various animals and aliens
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' - Bo, Booker, Sheldon, Mort, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' - Garfield (replacing the late Lorenzo Music), Eddie Gourmand, additional voices.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' - Bronx, Cagney, dragon, additional voices
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'' - Wild Bill, Torch, Polly, additional voices
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' - Demon vocal effects
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' - Waffles the cat, Chainsaw the dog
* ''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
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - Djali and Achilles
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' - Dr. Claw, Brain, Mad Cat, additional voices
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' - creature voice effects
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' - Jabberjaw
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' - Orbitty
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' - Bandit, Jeremiah Surd, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKwickyKoalaShow'' - Dirty Dawg
* ''Creator/JimHenson's WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' - Kermit, Skeeter (replaced Howie Mandel), Beaker
* ''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)
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' - Warmonger
* ''Film/MortalKombat'' - Reptile (Voice), Shao Khan (Voice; first movie only)
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' - Kahn, Crikee
** ''Mulan II'' - Little Brother (replaced Chris Sanders)
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' - Totoro
* ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' - Chomp Chomp, Morris
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' - Horror
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' - Nibbler (retroactively dubbed in to replace Roddy [=McDowall=] on the earlier episodes.)
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' - Flit
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' (animated) - Glomer
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' - Ayden
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' - Ray Stantz, Slimer, The Boogeyman, 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.
* ''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)
* ''Film/TheShadow'' - The Phurba, a "living" Tibetan ritual dagger
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' - Dragon (uncredited)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - Santa's Little Helper (now replaced by DanCastellaneta), Snowball, various animals
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' - Hefty Smurf, Pewit, Poet Smurf, Clockwork Smurf, Azrael, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'' - Occy, Tooter
* ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' - Malebolgia
* ''Film/{{Species}}'' - Sil's alien vocals
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' - [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Iceman]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' - Ned Tucker, Dr. Lawrence and Razorback
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' - Marvin White, Wonder Dog, Darkseid, Kalibak, Mxyzptlk, Toyman, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, additional voices.
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' - Dr. Viper
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' - Maximus
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' - Sabor
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: The Secret of the Ooze'': Tokka & Rahzar
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' - Gogo Dodo, Furrball, Little Beeper, Calamity Coyote, Byron Basset, additional voices
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' - Newscaster
* ''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, Reflector (both Chris Latta), Shockwave (CoreyBurton), and Thundercracker (John Stephenson). 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. He also voiced Megatron in the video games instead of the movie voice actor Creator/HugoWeaving. Most recently, he voices Galvatron in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''.
*** 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: as well as reprising the role of Soundwave when the character talks in "Minus One".]]
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Frank_Welker Here, have the full list!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollkins}}'' - Bogg Swampley, Flooky
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch'' - Wheelie, Chopper
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'' - Jabberjaw, Buford (also appeared on "The Buford Files"), Nuggetnose (also appeared on "The Galloping Ghost"), Captain Good/Phantom Phink, Kleen Kat/Sludge
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - Sha of Doubt, Elegon, Sha of Fear, Y'shaarj

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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