The Actor Who Performed a Main ‘Scooby-Doo’ Character Since 1969

Someone in a Scooby-Doo costume

Scooby-Doo has been round since 1969 and in that point, it’s mainly taken on each conceivable type it probably might. The franchise has impressed all the things from cartoons to live-action films to a Kevin Smith parody to breakfast cereals. Prior to now 5 a long time, sure characters within the Scooby gang have been recast extra occasions than Batman or James Bond.

Nonetheless, one member of the gang has been voiced by one actor for probably the most half since 1969. Such a feat is exceptional. Let’s check out the person who’s had the identical appearing job for 5 a long time.

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How Frank Weller bought to play Fred Jones, a job he initially didn’t need

Frank Weller is a voice actor. You might not have heard of him. Nonetheless, you’ve positively heard his voice. He’s been voicing Fred Jones, the sequence’ yellow-haired, ascot-wearing hero for longer than most of the franchise’s followers have been alive. Curiously, he initially didn’t even need the function! Joe Barera of Hanna-Barbera satisfied him to attempt taking part in Fred.

Weller advised Yahoo! TV “I really liked Shaggy, and tried to have fun with that, and I know Casey wanted to do Fred because he wasn’t really comfortable doing that kind of goofy Shaggy part. But then Joe [switched us], and Casey came up with that crazy, wonderful voice for Shaggy. Joe said that Fred was the all-American hero type and that I should just do my own voice. I was like, ‘I never saw myself as the hero type, but OK!’”

The Scooby-Doo intro

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Weller had some issue taking over the function however discovered it rewarding. “I’m kind of a comedian goofball, so it was a little bit hard being restricted, but I was just happy to be a part of the gang. And, of course, being the leader! Joe would tell me that Fred’s the leader of the gang, and I would say, ‘I guess you’re right.’”

Was Frank Weller within the main ‘Scooby-Doo’ films?

Whereas Weller performed Fred usually since 1969 — together with in quite a few direct-to-video releases — the character has made a couple of appearances the place he wasn’t performed by Weller. Essentially the most notable of those appearances could be the live-action Scooby-Doo films — a few of which have been made for theaters and a few of which have been made for tv. By the point these movies have been made, Weller was somewhat too outdated to play Fred, who’s often portrayed as a teen or a twenty-something.

The trailer of Scoob

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Based on Cinema Mix, Fred was performed by Zac Efron on this yr’s animated Scooby-Doo movie Scoob. Nonetheless, Weller nonetheless had a job within the movie. As an alternative of taking part in Fred, he performed the franchise’s titular canine. Actually, Weller has been voicing Scooby-Doo within the character’s animated appearances since 2002. Not often is one actor so completely tied to a franchise for such a very long time.

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