Franklin Wendell Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. He is best known for his role as Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo franchise since its inception. He is also known as the voice of Megatron in the transformers franchise, and as the voice and vocal effects of Nibbler on Futurama. In 2016, Welker was honored with an Emmy Award for his lifetime achievement. Welker was born in Denver, Colorado, on March 12, 1946. He moved to California and attended Santa Monica 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. 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 Are You!, where he initially auditioned for the title character (and, according to Casey Kasem, the role of Shaggy Rogers, as well) but instead won the role of Fred Jones. Welker's first voice role came in 1969, as Fred Jones in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Since 2002, he has provided the voice of both Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo. Welker has voiced Fred in every series and incarnation of the Scooby-Doo animated franchise, with the exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The death of Casey Kasem on June 15, 2014 made Welker the last remaining original voice actor in the franchise. He also voiced various characters on The Simpsons, such as Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, and various other animals from 1991 to his departure from the show in 2002. Welker provided both the speaking voice and animal sounds for Nibbler on Matt Groening's Futurama. He provided the voices for Mr. Plotz, Runt, Ralph the Guard, Buttons, and other characters on Animaniacs, Gogo Dodo, Furball, Beeper and others on Tiny Toon Adventures, Pepé Le Pew on The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, and McWolf the main antagonist to Droopy and his nephew Dripple on Tom and Jerry Kids Show and Droopy, Master Detective.
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