Frank Schenk, born Frank-Otto Schenk, is a German theater performer, actor, voice actor and dubbing director. He was born on 10 October 1943 in Kuckerneese, a settlement in East Prussia, Germany and now a part of Russia. He is 73 years old. He also goes by the alias, FO Schenk. He trained to be an actor at the Ernst Busch Drama School in Berlin. After finishing Drama School, he performed at The Rostock Folk Theatre in the year 1965 to 1973. He appeared in several movies in the sixties and seventies.
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the setting up of the Theatre in Palace at Berlin, Frank got the opportunity to display his acting skills to the audience from the year 1985 to 1988. He also was a voice actor and then dubbing director for the American shows “Cheers” and “Frasier”. He gave voice to the character of “Dr. Frasier Crane.” He also did a voiceover for the German dubbed version of “American Pie” film series and performed as Eugene Levy.
He became quite famous for his rough, baritone voice. In “Star Trek: Voyager” Frank lent his voice to the character of Commander Chakotay, played by the actor Robert Beltran. He also dubbed for the role of Harry Pearce (played by Peter Firth) in the British TV serial Spooks, which was about the intelligence service Mi5. He usually dubs Stephen Fry,
Albert Brooks, Michael McKean, and Jim Broadbent.
He voiced for
Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseauin in The Pink Panther movies,
James Fox in Heart Of Darkness,
Jeffrey Tambor in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and
Tony Shalhoub in 13 Ghosts. Frank is credited for over 169 roles that he has worked on over the span of his entire acting career. Amongst all his works, 1973 classic tragicomic, “The Legend Of Paul And Paula” (The original German film title being: “Die Legende von Paul und Paula”) stands out where he played the supporting role, a colleague named Schmidt of the lead, Winfried Glatzeder.
In 1975, he played the main character in German comedy “Die Seefee” (The Sea Fairy) as Ulf, the sailor, and a lover. He made an appearance in the 2004 German comedy short “The Dud.” His on-screen appearances include episodes of Leipzig Homicide, Polizeiruf 110, and Tatort, as well as the films Dr. M. starring alongside
Jennifer Beals and Tigers (2014). His roles in Animation movies include Owl in Winnie the Pooh (2011), Judge Hopkins in Paranorman, Fat Cat on Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Mr. Merrimack in ‘
Rango’, Snively on Sonic the Hedgehog, and even in a variety of anime characters.