The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that it will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Welker at the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The ceremony is set for Friday, April 29, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown Los Angeles.
While he may not be a household name, Welker, 70, is a legendary voice performer. His stunning list of credits is virtually endless and impossible to do justice to here, but he’s known for voicing characters from Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones in the “Scooby-Doo” franchise to Megatron in the “Transformers” franchise.
Welker has voiced iconic cartoon characters such as Heckle & Jeckle, Droopy and Pepe Le Pew, and his voice has been heard on “Inspector Gadget,” “The Real Ghostbusters,” “DuckTales,” ” The Smurfs,” “The Simpsons,” “Animaniacs,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” … and that list barely scratches the surface.
In announcing the award, NATAS President Bob Mauro said: “Every child in America has grown up listening to Frank Welker bring the adventures of Freddy Jones and Scooby-Doo to life. Frank is an audible magician. He has made an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of us all with his ability to bring these and so many other characters into our lives and make them real. It is with great pleasure that the National Academy bestows the prestigious Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement to him for his great body of work.”
David Michaels, SVP of Daytime for NATAS, added: “I have been a fan of Frank Welker’s work my entire life. He is a unique person creating very unique characters such as Curious George, Wonder Dog, Shmoo, Megatron, and his body of work over the last 40 years is remarkable. It is our great pleasure to acknowledge his long career in front of his many peers at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy gala.”