The voice of Scooby-Doo‘s Freddy and the dubbed Totoro and Cat Bus is being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the announcement that Frank Welker will be awarded in recognition of his near 50-year voice acting career, which he began in the role of Fred in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – a character he’s still portraying 45 years on.
Besides his two roles in the Disney dub of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, he can be heard in the studio’s films Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso. His anime experience isn’t restricted to Ghibli, though, as he’s provided voices and sound effects for Blood: The Last Vampire, Escaflowne: The Movie and Fairy Tail, and taken his turn as Megatron and other characters in the US Transformers TV series.
Welker has achieved the number one spot in the All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office for five consecutive years, based on the total revenue taken by films he has been credited in. So it seems he’s more than deserving of the Daytime Emmy Award, recognising both individuals and programmes from the past year which aired from 2:00am to 6:00pm, for his dedication to his craft as well as the quality of his vast array of performances.