Kenneth Welsh, a Canadian character actor with almost 200 cinematic credits, died on May 5, 2022. In Season 2 of the pioneering television series “Twin Peaks,” he starred as Windom Earle, a psychotic FBI agent.
Kenneth’s death cause is unknown
Kenneth Welsh died on Thursday evening at the age of 80. “Ken was one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable performances spanning decades,” said ACTRA, the Canadian film and television union. He will be missed dearly. We send our condolences to his family.”
The cause of death has not yet been revealed, although according to many reports, he died quietly at home. Devon Welsh, a singer, and composer is his only surviving child. Welsh’s projects were in post-production at the time of his death.
ACTRA Toronto is extremely saddened today by the passing of Kenneth Welsh. Ken was one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/SqcV3Wmhqk— ACTRA Toronto (@ACTRAToronto) May 6, 2022
Kenneth Welsh’s biographical information
Kenneth Welsh is a Canadian actor who was born in Edmonton. his father was employed at The Canadian National Railway. Kenneth became interested in theatre at a young age and studied acting in school. Later, he relocated to Montreal and enrolled at the National Theatre School.
He auditioned for the Stratford Festival in Ontario after graduating and spent the first seven years of his career there. Colin Thatcher, Harry S. Truman, Thomas E. Dewey, Harry Crerar, James Baker, and Thomas Edison are among the historical characters he has portrayed.
He appeared in episodes of the hit TV shows “Due South” and “Slings & Arrows.” Kenneth was a two-time Genie Award nominee, with nominations for Reno Colt in “Reno and the Doc” at the 6th Genie Awards in 1985 and David Sutton in “Loyalties” at the 8th Genie Awards in 1987.
Not only that but for “Tell Me That You Love Me” and “Margaret’s Museum,” he garnered two Genie Award nods for best supporting actor. In 1996, he received the Gennie Award for this.
Kenneth was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003, Canada’s second-highest honor for merit after the Order of Merit.
Kenneth is best known for his part as US Vice President in the 2004 environmental disaster film “The Day After Tomorrow,” which created controversy due to his physical resemblance to Dick Cheney, the real-life vice president at the time.
Welsh has also been in theatrical films such as “Timecops,” “Focus,” and “Legends of the Fall.” He portrayed Dr. Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” in 2004. Welsh gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Larry Loomis in “Lodge 49” in 2018. He also appeared in the films “Hiroshima” and “Haven.”
Welsh has a long and illustrious history. Kenneth was never truly off the clock. He began his career in 1964 and continued till his death in 2022. He was supposed to appear as a guest on the Prime Video revival of “The Kids in the Hall,” a Canadian sketch comedy series.
Not only that but he’ll be seen in films like “Deadly Draw,” “Afterwards,” “Midnight at the Paradise,” and “Campton Manor” in the near future. Kenneth will be remembered for his many roles and active lifestyle for the rest of his life. Kenneth Welsh, RIP!