Christopher Evan Welch, who appeared onstage in numerous plays, in films including Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” and “Lincoln,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” as well as on television, died early Monday at a Los Angeles hospital, his agency Paradigm confirmed. He was 48 and had been suffering from lung cancer for several years.
The actor had been in L.A. shooting a role in the upcoming HBO series “Silicon Valley.”
Welch made his Broadway debut in 1997 in the play “London Assurance” and received an Obie for “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
He played the Reverend Samuel Parris in the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on the Rialto and had a role in “Festen” in 2006. He also had numerous off-Broadway credits.
Other film credits include 2004’s “The Stepford Wives,” Sydney Pollack’s “The Interpreter,” “The Hoax,” “The Good Shepherd” and “Synecdoche, NY.” He was the narrator of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
In 2010 he was a series regular on AMC’s cerebral spy drama “Rubicon” as Grant Test. He also guested on series including “The Sopranos,” “The Practice,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “The Good Wife.”
Born in Texas, Welch earned theater degrees from the U. of Dallas and the U. of Washington. While in Seattle he worked in the local theater scene and was also the singer in the Ottoman Bigwigs.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; a daughter; his mother and father; and a sister.
Donations may be made to his daughter’s education fund at Emma Roberts Welch c/o the Law Offices of Michael
W. Hubbard P.O. Box 180656 Dallas, TX 75218 or via Paypal.com to Christopherevanwelchmemorial@yahoo.com.