|Nationality Canadian / American|
Role Film actor
Children Devon Welsh
|Years active 1964–present|
Plays Standup Shakespeare
Name Kenneth Welsh
|Born March 30, 1942 (age 73) (1942-03-30) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
Education National Theatre School of Canada, University of Alberta
Awards Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Movies and TV shows George A Romero's Survival o, Twin Peaks, The Art of the Steal, The Day After Tomorrow, The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Similar People Jonathan Sobol, Christine Baranski, Devon Welsh, Rupert Wainwright, Ian Holm
Kenneth Welsh Reads Margaret Atwood's "The Santa Claus Trap"
Kenneth Welsh, CM (born March 30, 1942) is a Canadian-American film and television actor (sometimes credited as Ken Welsh). He is known as the multi-faceted villain Windom Earle in Twin Peaks, and played the father of Katharine Hepburn as portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He lives outside of Toronto.
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- Life and career
- Personal life
Paul gross and colm feore praise kenneth welsh
Life and career
Welsh was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a father who worked for the Canadian National Railway. He grew up in Alberta and studied drama at school. He later moved to Montreal and attended the National Theatre School. Following graduation, he auditioned for the Stratford Festival in Ontario and then spent the first seven years of his career on stage.
Welsh has portrayed historical figures including Thomas E. Dewey, Colin Thatcher, Harry S. Truman (twice), Thomas Edison, James "Scotty" Reston, General Harry Crerar and James Baker. He has made guest appearances on the acclaimed TV series Due South and Slings and Arrows.
In 1984, he was nominated for a Genie Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of Reno Colt in the film Reno and the Doc, written and directed by Charles Dennis. In 1997, Welsh directed Dennis in the latter's play SoHo Duo at the West Bank Theatre in New York City. In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
His role as the vice-president of the United States in the 2004 environmental disaster film The Day After Tomorrow sparked some controversy due to his physical resemblance to Dick Cheney, who at the time was the real vice-president. Director Roland Emmerich later confirmed that he deliberately chose Welsh for that very reason. Emmerich stated that the character of the vice-president in the film was intended to be a not-so-subtle criticism of the environmental policies of the George W. Bush Administration.
Welsh's son Devon was the lead singer of the musical group Majical Cloudz.
Welsh was a follower of Adi Da. In 2000, Welsh narrated Da's audiobook, "What, Where, When, How, Why, and Who to Remember to Be Happy".