Frank Welker

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Frank Welker
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Biographical informations
Birth name Franklin Wendell Welker
Birth (1946-03-12) March 12, 1946 (age 71)
Denver, Colorado, USA
Gender
     
Male
Stargate universe-related informations
Related film(s)/series Stargate
Occupation in Stargate Actor
Character(s) Voice of the Mastage

Frank Wendell Welker (born March 12, 1946) is a voice actor. He performed the voice of the Mastage in the 1994 featured film Stargate.

Early life[edit]

Welker was born in Denver, Colorado. He then moved to California and attended Santa Monica City College in Santa Monica, California, where he majored in theatrical arts. In 1966, he received honors for his performance as the Cowardly Lion in the college's theater production of The Wizard of Oz.[1] During his transition between college and his voice acting career, his first voice-over role was in a commercial for Friskies dog food. The producer's girlfriend informed him of auditioning for Hanna-Barbera during the casting of Scooby-Doo, where he initially auditioned for the title character but instead got the role of Fred Jones.[2]

Career[edit]

Live-action acting career[edit]

Welker's first on-camera film role was as a college kid from Rutgers University who befriends Elvis Presle in The Trouble with Girls (1969). His next film role was in the Disney film The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes which starred Kurt Russell. He later co-starred with Don Knotts in Universal's How to Frame a Figg. Welker also appeared in Now You See Him, Now You Don't and Dirty Little Billy.[2]

His on camera television appearances included roles in 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 also appeared on Laugh In, The Mike Douglas Show], The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, The Smothers Brothers Show, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, Laugh Trax, and as one of the cast members in the special of That Was the Year That Was (1985) with David Frost. In the latter show, he appeared alongside Jim Staahl and Howie Mandel.

Frank also played an on-camera role as a voice actor on an episode of Simon & Simon, in The Duck Factory, where he played a rival actor trying to steal the role of Dippy Duck from fellow voice actor Wally Wooster (Don Messick) and he also appeared in the film The Informant as Matt Damon's father.

In 1978, Frank Welker appeared on The Dean Martin Roast to George Burns. While saluting Burns, he showed his abilities as an impressionist by honoring George Burns with the voices of Walter Cronkite, Henry Kissinger, Muhammad Ali, David Frost and Jimmy Carter.

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Involvement in the Stargate universe[edit]

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Filmography[edit]

Film, Television and Video Games
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References[edit]

  1. "Two Dorothys, Lion Earn Top Prizes". Santa Monica City College Corsair. June 8, 1966. http://www.mkbmemorial.com/FWHp/fwhp_smcc.html. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Frank Welker: Master of Many Voices, Bob Miller, ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE, ISSUE 5.01"]. http://www.awn.com/mag/issue5.01/5.01pages/millerwelker.php3. Retrieved April 2000. 
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