Frank Welker
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Frank Welker voices the character "Grimace" in McDonald's TV/radio commcrical ads.
Vital Information
Birthname Franklin Wendell Welker
Born: (1946-03-12) March 12, 1946 (age 75)[1]
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died: June 5, 2020(2020-06-05) (aged Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "{".)ref>"Frank Welker," Behind the Voice Actors,]</ref> 74
Deathplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Career information
Voice actor, actor
Appeared in/
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As the voice of Grimace in McDonald's TV/radio commercial ads

Franklin Wendell "Frank" Welker (born March 12, 1946) is a veteran American voice actor and actor. The voice of Grimace, Frank is perhaps best known for his voice as "Fred Jones" on the Scooby-Doo TV cartoon series, and is also the voice of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in the Epic Mickey video game series.

Early life and career

Born in Denver, Colorado, as a child, Frank moved with his family to California and attended Santa Monica City College in Santa Monica, CA, where he majored in theatrical arts. In 1966, he received honors for his performance as the Cowardly Lion n the college's theater production of The Wizard of Oz.[2] 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.[3]


  1. "Frank Welker," Behind the Voice Actors,]
  2. Two Dorothys, Lion Earn Top Prizes. Santa Monica City College Corsair (June 8, 1966).
  3. Frank Welker: Master of Many Voices, Bob Miller, ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE, ISSUE 5.01]. Retrieved on April 2000.

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