Kenneth Welsh



Place of birth:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada:


Kenneth Welsh, CM (born March 30, 1942) is a Canadian film and television actor (sometimes credited as Ken Welsh). He is known to Twin Peaks fans as the multi-faceted villain Windom Earle, and has more recently played the father of Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. 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. 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 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 Presidency of George W. Bush. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenneth Welsh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Film Credits

Il pleuvait des oiseaux (2019)
Undercover Grandpa (2017)
as Harry
Awakening the Zodiac (2017)
as Ben
Ježeva kuća (2017)
as narrator / all characters (EN)
A Nutcracker Christmas (2016)
as Dimitri
The Void (2016)
as Dr. Richard Powell
The Ballad of Immortal Joe (2015)
Wet Bum (2014)
as Ed
The Art of the Steal (2013)
as 'Uncle' Paddy MacCarthy
The Story of Luke (2013)
as Jonas
Cottage Country (2013)
as Earl
Survival of the Dead (2010)
as Patrick O'Flynn
Grey Gardens (2009)
as Max Gordon
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (2008)
as Jack
Adoration (2008)
as Morris
Silk (2007)
as Mayor Joncour
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
as Dr. Jeff Wagner
One Way (2006)
as William Henderson
The Covenant (2006)
as Provost Higgins
The Snow Queen (2005)
as King
Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
as Alan Horst
The Fog (2005)
as Tom Malone
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
as Dr. Mueller
The Murdoch Mysteries: Under the Dragon's Tail (2005)
as Inspector Ramsgate
Four Brothers (2005)
as Robert Bradford
Bailey's Billion$ (2005)
as Mouse Delaney
Our Fathers (2005)
as Bishop Murphy
Karol - Un uomo diventato Papa (2005)
as professor Wójcik
The Aviator (2004)
as Dr. Hepburn
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
as Vice President Becker
Miracle (2004)
as Doc Nagobads
Eloise at Christmastime (2003)
as Sir Wilkes
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
as John McNaughon
Eloise at the Plaza (2003)
as Sir Wilkes
The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002)
as Dr. Watson
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002)
as Dr. James Franken
The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)
as James Baker
The Royal Scandal (2001)
as Dr. Watson
The Sign of Four (2001)
as Dr. Watson
Sanctuary (2001)
as Sam Hathaway
The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000)
as Dr. Watson
Cold Blooded (2000)
as Chief Inspector Brodsky
Deliberate Intent (2000)
as Peder Lund
Love Come Down (2000)
as Ira Rosen
Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000)
as William Kunstler
Love and Murder (2000)
as Isaak Levin
Boozecan (1999)
Vendetta (1999)
as Mayor Joe Shakspeare
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (1998)
Dead Husbands (1998)
as Chase Woodward
Thunder Point (1998)
as Armstrong
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
as Caz Hollowitz
Joe Torre: Curveballs Along The Way (1997)
as George Steinbrenner
Habitat (1997)
as Coach Marlowe
Absolute Power (1997)
as Sandy Lord
Escape Clause (1996)
as Owen Jessop
Portraits of a Killer (1996)
as Jim Miller
Rowing Through (1996)
as Harry Parker
The Conspiracy of Fear (1996)
as Captain Rose
Kissinger and Nixon (1995)
as James 'Scotty' Reston
Margaret's Museum (1995)
as Angus MacNeil
Hiroshima (1995)
as President Harry S Truman
Dancing In The Dark (1995)
as Dr. Bel
Vanished (1995)
as Bill Palmer
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995)
as Mr. Higgins
Hideaway (1995)
as Detective Breech
Legends of the Fall (1994)
as Sheriff Tynert
Another woman (1994)
as Dr. Holcross
Timecop (1994)
as Utley
And Then There Was One (1994)
as David Burns
Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)
as Lt. Mickey King
Dieppe (1993)
as Maj. Gen. Harry Crerar
Les amoureuses (1993)
as David
Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (1993)
as Don Eisenberg
Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (1993)
as Don Eisenberg
Adrift (1993)
as Guy Nast
Bonds of Love (1993)
as Judge
The Good Fight (1992)
as Dick Chandler
Christmas on Division Street (1991)
as David Atwood
The Big Slice (1991)
as Lieutenant Bernard
Perfectly Normal (1991)
as Charlie Glesby
The Freshman (1990)
as Dwight Armstrong
The Widowmaker (1990)
as Atkinson
Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (1989)
Physical Evidence (1989)
as Harry Norton
The January Man (1989)
as Roger Culver
Another Woman (1988)
as Donald
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
as Brannigan
The House on Carroll Street (1988)
as Hackett
Loyalties (1987)
as David Sutton
And Then You Die (1987)
as Eddie Griffin
Heartburn (1986)
as Dr. Appel
Lost! (1986)
Screwball Academy (1986)
as Elder Seth
The Climb (1986)
as Walter Frauenberger
Perfect (1985)
as Joe McKenzie
The War Boy (1985)
as Stephan Berecky
Falling in Love (1984)
as Doctor
Covergirl (1984)
as Harrison
Reno and the Doc (1984)
as Reno
Of Unknown Origin (1983)
as James Hall
Tell Me That You Love Me (1983)
as David
Phobia (1980)
as Sergeant Wheeler
Double Negative (1980)
as Dr. Klifter
F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980)
as Thomas E. Dewey
The School for Scandal (1975)
as Charles Surface