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Frank Welker net worth:
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Frank Welker Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Franklin Wendell Welker was born on 12 March 1946, in Denver, Colorado USA, and is an actor, but better known to be the voice actor for Megatron in the “Transformers” franchise. He has also voiced Fred Jones in numerous “Scooby-Doo” animated projects since the show’s creation. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Frank Welker? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $15 million, mostly earned through a successful career in voice acting. He has received an Emmy Award in honor of his numerous achievements in various animated projects. He’s also done theatre work, and all of these efforts have ensured the position of his wealth.

Frank Welker Net Worth $15 million

Welker attended Santa Monica College and graduated with a degree in Theatrical Arts, during which time he got recognition for his performance in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” playing the Cowardly Lion. After school, one of his first voice acting opportunities came as a commercial for Friskies dog food. Later on he would audition for the casting of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” originally intending to get the Scooby-Doo role, but he was awarded the role of Fred Jones.

During the late 1960s up to the 1980s, Frank did a lot of live action projects. One of his first roles was in the film “The Trouble with Girls”, in which he portrayed a college kid who befriends Elvis Presley. He then appeared in “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t”, and “How to Frame a Figg” which he co-starred with Don Knotts. He also made numerous television appearances, such as in “Love, American Style”, “The Don Knotts Show” and “Catch-22”. He appeared as a guest in “The Merv Griffin Show”, “The Smother Brothers Show” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”. He also had the role of a voice actor in “Simon & Simon” and then participated in “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of George Burns”. One of his latest projects is “The Informant!” in which he played the role of Matt Damon’s father.

Since 1969, Welker has voiced Fred Jones in the “Scooby-Doo” franchise, and would later voice both him and Scooby. In 1973, he voiced the Wonder Dog for “Super Friends” and then lent his voice in “Bailey’s Comets”. Some of his other projects include a lot of Hanna-Barbera characters in shows such as “The Flintstones Comedy Show”, “Dog Wonder”, and “Jabberjaw”. In the 1970s he voiced Quackula in “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle”, and the character Droopy in “The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show”. He would start using his voice for a lot of popular shows such as “The Real Ghostbusters”, “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest”, “Duck Tales”, and “The Smurfs”. He also voiced numerous characters for “The Simpsons” and “Futurama”, plus is well known for doing vocal effects in various animated projects such as “Aladdin”, “My Neigbor Totoro” and “Mars Attacks!”

A few of his latest shows include “Garfield Gets Real”, “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and “Curious George”. He also uses his voice in various video games, namely “Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm” and “Lego Marvel’s Avengers”.

Probably his most well-known franchise is the “Transformers” animated series; he voiced the Decepticon leader Megatron as well as numerous others including Soundwave, Sludge, Rumble, Laserbeak, and Mirage. He became the voice of Ravage and Soundwave in the film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, and voiced Shockwave and Barricade in the film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”.

In “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, he voiced Galvatron. While he did not get the role of Megatron which was given to Hugo Weaving, Welker did voice Megatron for various theme park attractions and video games. All have added to his net worth.

Frank is considered the best voice actor in Hollywood. He also tried to make an impression of Barry White, which eventually became the voice of Doctor Claw for “Inspector Gadget”.

For his personal life, little is known as he keeps any relationships strictly private.


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Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Lego Dimensions (2015) · Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Gary Oldman
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
2016 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Lego Dimensions (2015) · Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Gary Oldman
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Daytime Emmy Awards
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama Transformers Prime (2010)
2014 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (2013) · Sumalee Montano
· Steve Blum
· Will Friedle
· John Noble
· Peter Cullen
· Peter Mensah
· David Sobolov
· Kevin Michael Richardson
· Nolan North
· James Horan
· Daran Norris
· Michael Ironside
· Jeffrey Combs
2012 BTVA Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best New Vocal Interpretation of an Established Character The Garfield Show (2008)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006) · Bret Iwan
· Tony Anselmo
· Bill Farmer
· Russi Taylor
· Tress MacNeille
· Jim Cummings
· Corey Burton
· April Winchell
· Rob Paulsen
2014 BTVA Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Voice Actor of the Year
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama Avengers Assemble (2013)
2014 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game DuckTales: Remastered (2013) · Alan Young
· Russi Taylor
· Terence McGovern
· June Foray
· Brian George
· Chuck McCann
· Wendee Lee
· Chris Edgerly
· Eric Bauza
· Jason Marsden
· Pat Musick
2014 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2012) · Matthew Lillard
· Grey DeLisle
· Mindy Cohn
· Jeff Bennett
· Nika Futterman
· Diedrich Bader
· John DiMaggio
· Gregg Berger
· Tara Strong
· Kevin Michael Richardson
· Fred Tatasciore
· Billy West
· Dee Bradley Baker
· Mindy Sterling
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama Transformers Prime (2010) · Peter Cullen
· Steve Blum
· Sumalee Montano
· Kevin Michael Richardson
· Jeffrey Combs
· Daran Norris
· Josh Keaton
· Tania Gunadi
· Andy Pessoa
· Nolan North
· Ernie Hudson
· James Horan
· Michael Ironside
· Peter Mensah
2013 BTVA Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Voice Actor of the Year
2013 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Video Game Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012)
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama Transformers Prime (2010)
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010)
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical The Garfield Show (2008)
2013 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Ben Stiller
· Chris Rock
· David Schwimmer
· Jada Pinkett Smith
· Frances McDormand
· Jessica Chastain
· Bryan Cranston
· Martin Short
· Sacha Baron Cohen
· Tom McGrath
· Cedric the Entertainer
· Andy Richter
· Conrad Vernon
· Chris Miller
2013 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012) · Bret Iwan
· Cary Elwes
· Jim Meskimen
· Audrey Wasilewski
· Dana Snyder
· Dominic Keating
· Jim Cummings
· Bill Farmer
· Tony Anselmo
· April Winchell
· Tress MacNeille
· Corey Burton
· Jeff Bennett
· Stephen Stanton
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama Transformers Prime (2010) · Peter Cullen
· Jeffrey Combs
· Sumalee Montano
· Kevin Michael Richardson
· Josh Keaton
· Tania Gunadi
· Andy Pessoa
· Nolan North
· Daran Norris
· James Horan
· Ernie Hudson
· Gina Torres
· Markie Post
· David Kaye
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Curious George (2006) · Jeff Bennett
· Jim Cummings
· Rob Paulsen
· Rino Romano
· Lex Lang
· Annie Mumolo
· Kath Soucie
· Elizabeth Daily
· Lara Jill Miller
2013 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012) · Peter Weller
· Ariel Winter
· David Selby
· Michael Jackson
· Gary Anthony Williams
· Maria Canals-Barrera
· Wade Williams
· Michael McKean
· Paget Brewster
· Richard Doyle
· Rob Paulsen
· Dee Bradley Baker
· Yuri Lowenthal
· Michael Emerson
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006) · Tony Anselmo
· Bill Farmer
· Tress MacNeille
· Russi Taylor
· Jim Cummings
· Corey Burton
· April Winchell
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010) · Matthew Lillard
· Grey DeLisle
· Mindy Cohn
· Patrick Warburton
· Vivica A. Fox
· Gary Cole
· Lewis Black
· Kate Higgins
· James Arnold Taylor
2012 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011)
2012 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010)
2012 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) · Peter Cullen
· Leonard Nimoy
· Hugo Weaving
· Jess Harnell
· Charles Adler
· Robert Foxworth
· Tom Kenny
· George Coe
· Reno Wilson
2012 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011) · Matthew Lillard
· Grey DeLisle
· Mindy Cohn
· Michael Gough
· Dave Wittenberg
· John DiMaggio
· Kevin Michael Richardson
· Matthew Gray Gubler
· Fred Willard
1994 Annie Annie Awards Best Achievement for Voice Acting Animaniacs (1993)


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#Fact
1 Attended Santa Monica City College where he majored in Theatrical Arts.
2 Having been the voice of Spock's screams, he is one of three Star Trek cast members who has also provided a voice for Star Wars. The others include George Takei and Simon Pegg.
3 Has worked with Robin Williams in five films: A Wish for Wings That Work (1991), Aladdin (1992), In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994), Jumanji (1995) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
4 Has worked with Christopher Lloyd in five films: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), The Pagemaster (1994) and In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994).
5 Has worked with Leonard Nimoy in four films: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), The Transformers: The Movie (1986), The Pagemaster (1994) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
6 Became the sixth actor to appear in two films to gross $1 billion with Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). He is the first voice actor to achieve this feat.
7 Has played the same character (Fred Jones) on 14 different series: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969), The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972), The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976), Dynomutt Dog Wonder (1976), Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour (1982), The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984), Scooby's Mystery Funhouse (1985), Family Guy (1999), Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000), What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002), Robot Chicken (2005), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010).
8 His "Doctor Claw" voice came about as a result of him trying to do an impression of Barry White.
9 His "Doctor Claw" voice is arguably his most famous role. Aside from playing Doctor Claw on Inspector Gadget (1983), he has used the voice for other characters, such as Darkseid on SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984), Emperor Krulos on Dino-Riders (1988), Soundwave on The Transformers (1984) (only heavily modified with a vocoder, to give it a distinct monotone, robotic sound), as well as in movies such as the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin (1992), Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat (1995), Soundwave again in both Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) (without the vocoder effects), as well as playing the Devil in four movies: The Golden Child (1986), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Spawn (1997).
10 One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, he has been involved with some of the most popular and important animated series of all time as well, beginning with his role as level-headed leader Fred Jones on "Scooby-Doo", the evil Decepticon leader Megatron on The Transformers (1984) (among others), Dr. Ray Stantz on The Real Ghostbusters (1986), and a variety of supporting roles on G.I. Joe (1985), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), Animaniacs (1993) and The Smurfs (1981).
11 Although he never met with the producers or the director Michael 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 Transformers: The Game (2007) based on the movie, and was once again reunited with his old nemesis Optimus Prime played by Peter Cullen.
12 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 over 12 billion dollars worldwide. His work in over 90 films has put him ahead of Eddie Murphy, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.
13 In Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), 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), where Frank not only voiced Ralph, but also voiced Thaddeus Plotz, Buttons, Runt, Flavio Hippo and Chicken Boo.
14 He also did the animal voice effects including Dumbo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
15 Has done voices for both the original Star Trek film series and the television series Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
16 Has done every voicing of Fred Jones for all of the Scooby-Doo animated series with the sole exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988). Even in parodies and cameos on different television series, he has always done this voice.
17 Has provided voices for eight of the original 14 Decepticons on The Transformers (1984) animated series: Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Laserbeak, 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.
18 Has shared two roles with Leonard Nimoy. When the third season of The Transformers (1984) came around, Frank took the role of Galvatron that Leonard Nimoy had taken in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). And in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Frank provided the screams of Leonard Nimoy's most famous character Spock.
19 Referred to in Hollywood as a voice god.

#Quote
1 One thing that seems to surprise the studios is finding out later my willingness to audition. Under the right circumstances, I actually enjoy it very much.
2 I have this peculiar ability to be able to anticipate mouth movements on screen and fill them with words or sound.
3 Normally, I play dads, good guys and little animals.
4 I have worked alone and with a cast and enjoy the process both ways. There is more back-and-forth with a full cast, and you can feed off the other actors' performance.
5 I like looking at the characters. Seeing them always brings up some voice or attitude. I am much more visual, and that works so much better than having someone tell me what the character is all about.
6 I was voted by my high-school senior class as most likely to recede.
7 I've been doing voices as long as I can remember. When I was little, I could pick up on sounds and then I discovered you could distort what you hear and make people laugh or disrupt a class.

#Trademark
1 The voice of Megatron, the nefarious leader of the Decepticons on The Transformers (1984).
2 The voice of Fred Jones. He has performed as the character over 200 times.
3 Often provides a deep raspy ominous voice for his characters, most notably Doctor Claw
4 Often works in animated productions as the "voice" of various animal characters.
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