Franklin Welker, born March 12, 1946, is an American actor who specializes in voice acting and has contributed character voices and other vocal effects to television and motion pictures. As of 2021, Welker holds over 860 film, television, and video game credits, making him one of the most prolific voice actors of all time. With a total worldwide box-office gross of $17.4 billion, he is also the third highest-grossing actor of all time.
Welker is best known for voicing Fred Jones in the Scooby-Doo franchise since its inception in 1969, and Scooby-Doo himself since 2002. In 2020, Welker reprised the latter role in the CGI-animated film Scoob!, the only original voice actor from the series in the movie’s cast. He has also voiced Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Epic Mickey and its sequel; Megatron, Galvatron and Soundwave in the Transformers franchise; Shao Kahn and Reptile in the 1995 Mortal Kombat film; Curious George in the Curious George franchise; Garfield on The Garfield Show; Nibbler on Futurama; the titular character in Jabberjaw; Speed Buggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise; Astro and Orbitty on The Jetsons; Mushmouse on Punkin’ Puss & Mushmouse; and various characters in The Smurfs as well as numerous animal vocal effects in many works. In 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.