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Fan: Amber

Question: Hi Frank! So glad to see you back on the internet!! What was it like working for Mike Young on SuperTed, The Little Engine That Could and other Welsh productions. I'm half-Welsh so I'd thought I'd ask !! much love, Amber from the Welsh border!

From Frank: 

Hey Amber!!!  Nice to get your note.  I will tell you Mike Young was a hoot…he had a wonderful laugh and a great smile and I was eager to make both of them erupt.   He was easy going and a good director and let the actors lead with ideas and reads.  I did a lot of work for him on, “The Little Engine That Could” and that remains a very memorable project and close to the ole heart.  I was disappointed that as he became busier and busier in the USA, I didn’t hear from him and didn’t’ have an opportunity to work on a lot of his projects.  Oh, his wife was also very active in the productions and I think they were a strong unit and complimentary towards the projects.  I miss them.

 

I Play golf with a wonderful  friend and her husband (he beats me and never gives me enough strokes) she is Welsh and he is English.  Talk about great accents!!!  She has been trying to teach me a crazy Welsh saying in full dialect it’s something about going on pathway to town and church.  I absolutely love it such an incredible sound but I can’t get it at all so difficult.  If I ever learn it I will post it on the site!  Stay well and safe Amber!!!

 

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Fan: Amber

Question: Another question (couldn't resist, I'm too excited for this!!) What was it like to work with Mary Kay Bergman? (on the Scooby Doo films) Kind regards, Amber

From Frank: 

Hello again Amber!

Unfortunately, I did not get to work with Mary Kay all that much but I do remember her being very soft spoken…but then when she did her characters there was no mistake that she was on stage and the light was hers.  She had quite a range which always impresses me.  She was a hard worker and liked to get her performances just right.  I think she would have gone on to surprise everyone with her very large talent.  A nice young lady gone from us way too soon.  

 

Best to you Amber…

 

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Fan: Joel

Question: My son wants to get into voice acting but the only schools I seem to find are in NYC or LA. Any advice on what he should do? I think he doesn't want to be a stage (in person) actor as he's shy, though I would maybe try to get him into lessons to maybe break him out of that shell. Thanks for all the joy you've given my children!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Joel,

I know it seems a bit over whelming and there probably is no one right  answer as people come to this part of the industry from many directions.  Speaking for myself, I never set out to be a voice actor in fact I didn’t know there was such a thing.  I have always seen myself as more of an entertainer as that is how I started out.  Stand-up comedy, films (actor), television…and some plays in college, however it seems this was the path the “business” chose for me.  Back then, there were just a handful of actors that specialized in voice work but now there VO schools and many, many, talented voice over artists and actors.  I am really not familiar with any schools but know of a couple of actors who have classes they conduct on a select basis.  

 

As to being shy, not a problem…believe it or not I am very shy too, Johnny Carson was extremely shy and the list of entertainers is long… but in the end we are all actors and he just needs to learn to be out front so he can get behind that mic. He will need to be able to audition and perform.  I will be honest I am not familiar with the schools that lean towards voice acting I would think not many.  But getting into the theater department doing plays living in new characters would be great for his growth.  As with most everything he will need to work at it but if he loves it, as my friend Peter Cullen says:  “If you love what you do it isn’t work.” 

 

My recommendations…read a  lot. Then read out loud.  On line he should take a look at Steve Blum’s webpage and voiceover workshops…he could do this and get some great insites.  Steve is brilliant and in addition to his many, many characters (he was, “Starscream” in Transformers Prime) he is at the top when it comes to instructors.  I wish your son luck and appreciate your fatherly support for your young actor!!! 

 

Good luck Joel!

 

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Fan: Amber

Question: Yo Frank!! SO SO happy you answered my question. You need to come to Wales sometime it is wonderful. Such a lovely place especially North Wales where Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is. (I can pronounce that ! Took me 2 weeks !) Another thing I’d love to ask you about is UK. I know you came over to Liverpool for Comic con last year but have you ever been to any other places? London’s a particular favourite of mine. -amber️

 

From Frank: Amber, oh my…that appears to be the saying and you got it!  Congrats! Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch…now that is just crazy, but wonderful at the same time.  My friend just rolls it off her tongue like Shakespeare, oh my indeed!  

 

As to my traveling, I am afraid I haven’t journeyed to far from home.  My trip to Liverpool was the first time over the pond and farthest trips have been to Hawaii and Canada.  Hope to see London one day… and as you know we have been invited to Scotland in October 2021 if protocols allow.  So I will get back one of these days Amber. 

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Fan: Levente

Question

Dear Mr. Welker,

 

I am Levente Roznár, a Hungarian journalist and I am making a Hungarian YouTube infographic video series on the history of voice acting itself. I would mainly include the history of Hungarian voice acting and dubbing, but I would like to include at some point a comparison with the voice acting industry in the U.S.. The first name that came to my mind was yours, as I have been a great admirer of your long-span career and I have admit that I may be the greatest fan of Scooby-Doo, if not in the world, then at least in Hungary. It would be an honor for me, if you could take time to have a 15-minute-long video chat with me, and answer some questions about what it was like to be an American voice actor in the 1970s, 80s and then today, about your career and how you find the right voice to a character. Thank you for reading my letter, I am looking forward your answer. Yours sincerely, Levente Roznár

 

Administrator Note

Dear Mr. Roznar,

Thank you for you interest in Frank.  This is just a Q&A page and all requests for interviews, appearances and the like can be submitted to his agent.  Currently they are in the process of a move, but more information will be posted here soon.  Please check back and again thank you!

From Frank

Levente,

Always nice to hear from  people and places a bit more distant from the USA and thank you for supporting Scooby Doo!  You know we have been doing the show for over 50 years and I am only 55…you do the math (wink).  

 

I can tell you the main difference in doing voices in the 70’s and 80’s vs now is of course technology.  We were doing flat animation in the “old days” and now with CGI and newer processes I feel it requires more subtley.  For example, in Transformers G1 in the 80’s vs Transformers Prime 2010 in the early versions it was a lot of action in a flat world so we were very high energy.  In Prime and in the features my character “Megatron” really did transform not only was he drawn differently, but I changed the voice at Hasbro’s request to fit the new look and technology and with Michael Bay in a couple of the features.  I must say I really enjoyed “Transformers Prime>”  With the new look and voice and CGI I could bring it way down and they could draw very full featured looks and reactions which required far less volume and more nuance.  I really enjoyed the cast, writers, director and crew.  

 

Best wishes to my friends in Hungary!

 

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Fan: Joseph

Question: Hi frank I’m Joey I love all the voices you do. I aspire to be a voice artist mostly because I was always impressed with your range. I’m from pa originally from Staten Island ny. I heard your the voice of Scooby again in the monlove stage show and it’s coming to American music theatre here in Lancaster pa where I live. If it’s not postponed i’m Really looking forward to that. My mom and dad think my voices that I do to practice say i’m Really good at doing it. I hope to maybe work with you someday. I was part of voicestarz a long time ago an online class run by Tara strong and you were on it too. It was so cool. Alright I’ll write back again soon. Take care. Stay safe. Your #1fan, Joey

From Frank: 

 

Hi Joey! 

Thank you I appreciate the compliment.  I will say the more range you have the more opportunities you have to play lots of fun parts.  I remember days when I played a kid and his dog in the morning, a young father and horse in the afternoon and topping it off with a nice senior “old” timer and his cat!!!!  Now that is a fun days work.  I would encourage you to read as many different plays as you can with lots of fun and different characters and give them all voices…it’s fun and great exercise.  

 

Tara Strong is a young lady I cannot say enough about but let me list  just a few.  Her talent is enormous, her passion for her fans cannot be measured and her joy for life and commitment to causes shames me and renders me feckless.  Yes, I adore her and her professionalism would lead me to believe she must be a fabulous teacher…I am mystified how she would even find the time.  Very glad you got to participate and have that experience with a very highly rated voice over personality.  

 

You stay safe too Joey…all the best,

 

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Fan: Gianluca

Question: Hello Frank,

My friend Amber has told me that you might know a bit about Airplanes and that you have a pilot's license, I want to ask if that is true and if so what is your favourite type of Aircraft and why? My favourite is the ever so famous Supersonic Concorde.

Kind regards, Gianluca

 

From Frank: 

Hey Gianluca…

 

That Amber, she is quite amazing, yes I do indeed have a pilot’s license and I fly a B36TC Bonanza.  It is a single engine and turbocharged so I can climb into the flight levels 11K to 24K but rarely go much over the mid-levels.  I trained in Cessna’s 152, 172, 180 and got my Instrument rating in a Piper Archer which I just sold a couple of years ago.  I mention the IFR rating because pilots like to brag and that would be a little milestone so had to throw it out there.  I really don’t know too much about commercial craft but I totally agree with you the Concorde was a beauty.  I do like some of the old warbirds but again not really an authority but sure do like the P51 Mustang and Spitfire as well. 

 

Thank you Gianluca…

 

Stay safe and well,

 

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Fan: Denis

Question: Hi Frank,

my name is Denis, I am autistic and special needs, and I always loved voice acting. You have got great animal voices especially Abu from Aladdin. I always wanted to be a voice actor. My favorite voices that you played are: Fred Jones, Hefty Smurf, Poet Smurf, Clockwork Smurf, Baby Kermit, Scooby Doo, Professor XXXLarge, Mr. Uno, Bigfoot, Cave of Wonders, Rajah, Mr. Luzinski, Krunk and all other characters, you are terrific. Please can I ask for your autograph signature? Because of my autism. I love your voices after all!  I hope you are keeping well Frank and please stay safe. I love to see your autograph signature. All the best, Denis.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Denis,

 

There are a lot of great voice actors and it is a fun job and I am sure you would enjoy the profession.  I am very surprised at all the names of characters you listed…wow…you were paying attention, thank you!!!! And thank you for your note all the way from the UK.  We are planning to be in Scotland in early fall so hopefully we will get to meet a lot of you folks from the mother country. 

All the best Dennis,

Frank

 

Administrator Note

Thank you for your interest in Frank. With regard to autograph requests, this page is for questions and answers only. His agent, who handles requests, is in the process of moving, but when he is settled in we will have his official address for you. Check back later Denis!  

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Fan: Amber

Question: Hi! I recall you guys saying about an agency move... is Frank moving agencies or are his agents moving buildings?? Frank has my email so he can contact me about this (Because Im also trying to get ahold of Peter Cullen so didn’t know if this applies to them both) Best wishes, Amber

 

Administrator Note

Hi Amber,

Yes, the agency is moving and it has been quite involved. The information should be up on the site soon. 

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Fan: Chris

Question: Dear Frank.

Im Chris from the Old Skool Movements Podcast. We love the eighties and you were a massive part of our childhoods. We would be delighted if you could join us on a show for a chat sometime. You have a lots of cartoon fans in the U.K. that would love to hear some stories, we talk via a zoom call and we could do this at a time to suit you. If you’re interested in joining us then please email and I’ll send further details and possible dates. Hope to hear from you soon. All the best and take care

Chris & Daz.

Old Skool Movements

 

From Frank:

Hello Chris, glad to hear you and your group are fans of the 80’s.  That was a busy time for actors in the animation business…lot’s going on.  Also, stand up comedy and television everything was really cooking.  We hope to be in the UK one of these days in the not too distant future and hope we get a chance to chat! 

Take care,

Frank

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Fan: Jayden

Question: Hi frank is this really you well frank IMDb claims that you did pat Boone in Hollywood apparently

 

From Frank: 

Hah!  Jayden, that was a very long time ago…but alas it is true I appeared on the “Pat Boone Show,” it was my very first talk show appearance in Hollywood.  I have video of it somewhere and it is quite hysterical.  VERY young indeed. Oh my!

Frank

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Fan: Magda

Question: Hi I’m sorry for giving you trouble but on what’s your favorite thing about doing the voice of Fred Jones and Scooby Doo seems wonderful

 

From Frank: 

Thank you Magda, no trouble at all.  It has been a wonderful project to be part of and the friends and people I met along the way fill it with memories of a lifetime.  

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Fan: Amber

Question: Hi Frank! If you weren’t a voice actor today, what job would you have taken up instead? ^_^

 

From Frank: 

Well Amber…if I could be anything I wanted it would be a great piano player.  To be able to sit down and play anything you wanted to play from Classical to Rock to Jazz…how fun and liberating would that be??!!!  Then a singer…when I did stand up comedy I use to think how great it would be to come out and just sing a song that everybody wanted to hear…hey, better yet…how about a great singer, piano player who’s funny.  I think we got it, yip that would be it!!!!

 

Frank 

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Fan: Raymond

Question: Greetings oh great lord! ;-) I grew up with Transformers and it is still my main driving force in life. Over the years there have been stories that while doing all these cartoons the popularity of you and people like Peter Cullen, Dan Gilvazan, Corey Burton, Jack Angel and every one else in that cast and on other shows kept growing and growing. But while you were working on these shows you had no idea these fans were out there. When did you come to realize that you did have a fanbase from your work as a voice actor?

From Frank: 

Hi Raymond and thank you!!!! 

Yes, it is true…we had no idea we had fans because, at the time, it was customary for the studios not to forward mail.  Peter and I didn’t realize we had a fan base until the internet.  When the first feature was to be made it became apparent that the fans wanted the voices and actors they were familiar with to be cast in the movie as well.  Peter made it in, as well he should, but I didn’t make the first one but did voices in the rest and did Galvatron (Megatron) in the penultimate and back and bad as ever in, “The Last Night.”  We attribute all of that to the fans who really pulled for us.

Now through Cons and appearances we get to meet a lot of wonderful fans like you…So thank you Raymond!

F.

 

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Fan: Jeffery

Question: Hello! I am an avid pez collector (have Ben for many years) and just started learning about different voice actors from my childhood cartoons. I remember watching the original Scooby zoo cartoons with my dad. I was wondering if Mr. Welker accepted autograph requests as I would love to mail my Fred pez for him to sign. I am happy to pay if he has a fee,I am just new to all this and had no idea where to start. Many thanks, Jeff

 

Administrator Note

Hi Jeffery, 

Thank you for your interest in Frank. With regard to requests, this page is for questions and answers only and Frank doesn’t take requests here. His agent, who handles this, is in the process of moving, but when he is settled in we will have his official address for you. Check back later, Jeffery!