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Known Credits: 68

Birthday: 1942-03-30

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Kenneth Welsh

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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.

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Acting
2013 The Story of Luke as Jonas
2010 Haven - (1 episode)
2010 Human Target - (1 episode)
2009 Survival of the Dead as Patrick O'Flynn
2009 Grey Gardens as Max Gordon
2009 The Last Templar - (2 episodes)
2009 The Last Templar as Bill Vance
2008 A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride as Jack
2008 The Trojan Horse - (2 episodes)
2008 Adoration as Morris
2007 Bionic Woman - (1 episode)
2007 Silk as Mayor Joncour
2006 One Way
2006 The Covenant as Provost Higgins
2005 The Snow Queen as King
2005 The Fog as Tom Malone
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose as Dr. Mueller
2005 Four Brothers as Robert Bradford
2005 Our Fathers as Bishop Murphy
2004 Stargate Atlantis - (1 episode)
2004 The Day After Tomorrow as Vice President Becker
2004 Miracle as Doc Nagobads
2003 Eloise at Christmastime as Sir Wilkes
2003 Eloise at the Plaza as Sir Wilkes
2002 The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire as Dr. Watson
2002 Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher as Dr. James Franken
2001 The Day Reagan Was Shot as James Baker
2001 The Royal Scandal as Dr. Watson
2001 Smallville - (1 episode)
2001 The Guardian - (1 episode)
2001 Witchblade - (3 episodes)
2001 The Sign of Four as Dr. Watson
2000 The Hound of the Baskervilles as Dr. Watson
2000 Who Killed Atlanta's Children? as William Kunstler
2000 Soul Food - (2 episodes)
1998 Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension - (1 episode)
1997 Habitat as Coach Marlowe
1997 The Practice - (3 episodes)
1996 Rowing Through as Harry Parker
1995 Kissinger and Nixon as James 'Scotty' Reston
1995 Margaret's Museum as Angus MacNeil
1995 Hiroshima as President Harry S Truman
1995 Dancing In The Dark as Dr. Bel
1995 Vanished as Bill Palmer
1995 The Outer Limits - (1 episode)
1995 Hideaway as Detective Breech
1994 Legends of the Fall as Sheriff Tynert
1994 Timecop as Utley
1994 Due South - (2 episodes)
1994 And Then There Was One as David Burns
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death as Lt. Mickey King
1993 The X-Files - (1 episode)
1993 Adrift as Guy Nast
1990 Twin Peaks - (9 episodes)
1987 Loyalties as David Sutton
1987 And Then You Die
1986 Screwball Academy as Elder Seth
1985 The Twilight Zone - (1 episode)
1985 The Ray Bradbury Theater - (2 episodes)
1984 Reno and the Doc
1983 Of Unknown Origin as James Hall
1983 Tell Me That You Love Me as David
1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year as Thomas E. Dewey
1900 Northern Mysteries - (0 episodes)
1900 The Hound of the Baskervilles - (0 episodes)
1900 Dieppe - (0 episodes)
1900 Sherlock Holmes (CA) - (4 episodes)
1900 Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World - (0 episodes)