Jimmy Weldon (born September 23, 1923) is an American voice actor, ventriloquist, and former television host. He is best known as the voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yakky Doodle and the host and ventriloquist in the locally produced television series The Webster Webfoot Show.
Jimmy Weldon in 2015
|Born||September 23, 1923|
Dale, Texas, U.S.
Born Ivy Laverne Shinn on September 23, 1923, in Dale, Texas, he began his career in 1946 as a disc jockey at KWCO, the radio station which began its operations shortly after he returned home following WWII. He was the first announcer hired at this new radio station.
While there, he developed a character named Webster Webfoot, a little duck who visited him while Jimmy was playing record requests from listeners calling in. Often they just wanted to talk to little Webster. They thought Webster was someone other than Jimmy, and so he became an important part of Jimmy's disc jockey presentations.
In 1948, Jimmy (and Webster Webfoot) moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, where they performed on another 250-watt AM station, KRHD, for two more years. The big 50,000-watt radio station WFAA in Dallas, Texas, recruited Webster and Jimmy as entertainers, and Webster became a real person on television on April 4, 1950, on The Webster Webfoot Show, produced locally by station WFAA-TV.
They moved to California on September 5, 1952, joining KCOP-TV, Channel 13, in Hollywood and continued their television careers. During an appearance at a middle school in Brentwood, Jeff Chandler and Randolph Scott collected the tickets from the children and parents who came to see the show. These two movie stars made Jimmy feel very lucky indeed when they commented, "Our children think more of little Webster than they do OUR movie careers." Also, Ralph Edwards was there, and he later gave Webster and Jimmy the positions as co-hosts of a new children's game show titled Funny Boners, a junior version of his famous Truth or Consequences radio and television shows, which aired on ABC.
In 1956 Jimmy and Webster moved to Fresno, California, which began a career in the San Joaquin Valley at KFRE-TV, Channel 12. This was interrupted, however, when NBC executives called them to New York to replace Shari Lewis on the Hi, Mom show on NBC flagship station, WRCA-TV, Channel 4.
In 1959, Channel 13 in Hollywood once again became their television home.
In 1961, Jimmy and Webster were called back to the San Joaquin Valley. They continued performing their show on KJEO-TV, Channel 47, in Fresno, California, throughout the 1960s. During this time, Jimmy and Webster also did TV shows in Salinas and Bakersfield, California, flying their airplane from city to city for those shows.
Voice acting and other workEdit
It was thanks to Webster's voice that he earned the voice-over for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Yakky Doodle. Many of the odd animal sounds were also performed by Jimmy. Jimmy also was the voice of Solomon Grundy on Hanna-Barbera's series Challenge of the Super Friends. Jimmy has also made numerous television appearances in acting on shows such as Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Waltons, Dallas, and Diff'rent Strokes. He also continues to do voice-overs for various television shows and cartoons.
Weldon has also played some supporting characters on the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey and in classic serials and TV series. He is currently a member of the Premiere Speakers Bureau.
|1950||Webster Webfoot Show||Uncle Jimmy|
|1955||The Halls of Ivy||Episode: "Calhoun Gaddy"|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Guard||Episode: "Breakdown"|
|1956-1957||Dragnet||Hotel Clerk||2 Episodes|
|1961||The Phantom Planet||Lt. Webb|
|1961-1962||The Yogi Bear Show||Yakky Doodle (voice)||33 episodes|
|1975||The Waltons||Railroad Clerk||Episode: "The Runaway"|
|S.W.A.T.||Diner Owner||Episode: "Kill S.W.A.T."|
|The Family Holvak||Auctioneer||Episode: "First Love: Part 1"|
|1977||Fred Flintstone and Friends||(voice)|
|The Oregon Trail||Ludlow||Episode: "Hard Ride Home"|
|1978||Challenge of the Superfriends||Solomon Grundy (voice)||16 Episodes|
|1979||B.J. and the Bear||Crockett||Episode: "Lobo's Revenge"|
|Americathon||Big Jim, VP Research|
|Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo||Additional Voices|
|Dallas||Sy Stevens||Episode: "Ellie Saves the Day"|
|The Rockford Files||John Rockfield||Episode: "The Big Cheese"|
|1981||Diff'rent Strokes||Ben||Episode: "Drummond's Fair Lady"|
|1982||The Little Rascals||Additional Voices||Episode: "Rascal's Revenge"|
|Father Murphy||Official||Episode: "Happiness Is..."|
|Knight Rider||Announcer||Episode: "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular"|
|Ri¢hie Ri¢h||Additional Voices||Episode: "Dollar's Exercise"/"Richie's Cube"/"The Maltese Monkey"/"Everybody's Doing It"|
|Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper||Yakky Doodle / Zookeeper (voice)||Television film|
|1983||The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show||(voice)|
|Shirt Tales||Additional Voices||10 Episodes|
|Super Friends||Solomon Grundy (voice)||Episode: "The Revenge of Doom"|
|1984||Chattanooga Choo Choo||Rev. Norbert Puckett||Uncredited|
|Challenge of the GoBots||Additional Voices|
|1985||CBS Storybreak||(voice)||Episode: "Robbut A Tale Of Tails"|
|Yogi's Treasure Hunt||Yakky Doodle / Additional Voices||2 Episodes|
|1988||The Wrong Guys||Scoutmaster|
|1988-1991||Fantastic Max||Additional Voices||3 Episodes|
|1989||It's a Living||Billy Lee Lord||Episode: "Wedding, Wedding"|
|1992||Tom & Jerry Kids Show||Additional Voices||Episode: "Penthouse Mouse"/"12 Angry Sheep"/"The Ant Attack"|
|2015||The 7D||Whoopty Doopty Schmoodily Duck (voice)||Episode: "Bing Bong Beans!"|