Disney's Totoro Voice Actor Frank Welker to Receive Daytime Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Voice actor to be honored for nearly 50 years of work

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday via press release that voice actor Frank Welker will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Welker is most famous for performing the voices for Fred 'Freddy' Jones from in the Scooby-Doo series.

Welker has been providing the voice and sound effects for characters for nearly 50 years. His first job doing voice over for animation was for the voice of Freddy in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — a role his still performs 45 years later.

In anime, Welker also voiced Totoro and Cat Bus in the Disney dub of Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro. He has performed the voice and sound effects for several anime including Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Porco Rosso. He also provided voice and sound effects for Blood: The Last Vampire, Escaflowne: The Movie, Fairy Tail, and the Transformers series.

He has also voiced Megatron and several other characters in the Transformers U.S. television series, and has voiced several characters including Megatron, Soundwave, and Galvatron in the various Transformers live-action films.

Welker has been named as the number one "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office for five consecutive years," based on total revenue of films in which he has participated.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which is a part of the Daytime Emmy Awards, presents awards to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the previous calendar year.

Thanks to Miss Bellerby for the news tip.

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